GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The National Police Commission (Napolcom) set aside some P16 million for the development of its new regional office in nearby Koronadal City.
Veronica Hatague, Napolcom Region 12 director, said Monday they have started the preparatory works for the construction of the office building at the Prime Regional Center (PRC) site in Barangay Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City.
A statement released by the city government said the project, which features a modern design, is targeted for completion in two months.
Napolcom-12 has been leasing an office space at the second floor of the Marbel Top Commercial Building at the corner of Alunan Avenue and Jose Abad Santos Street in Koronadal City.
“The site of our new regional office was donated by the city government of Koronadal,” the official said.
She said they signed a memorandum of agreement with the local government, through City Mayor Peter Miguel, for the donation of the lot.
The PRC compound presently hosts over a dozen regional offices, among them the Department of Education-12, Department of Agriculture-12 and National Economic and Development Authority-12.
The city government acquired and developed the PRC site to provide an area for the offices of various regional line agencies and units of Region 12.
Koronadal City is the regional administrative seat and center of Region 12, which is also known as Soccsksargen.
The region comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and North Cotabato, and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato.
The construction of the new Napolcom-12 regional office is expected to further boost and improve its operations and services.
Napolcom Commissioner Rogelio Casurao, who earlier visited the site, said the regional office in Koronadal City is the agency’s third regional facility in the country.
Casurao, who is Napolcom vice chair and executive officer, said they approved the construction of the project in response to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s directives to prioritize Mindanao in development initiatives.(AVE/PNA)