31 January 2017: *** Panglao Mayor Leonila Montero said they enlisted the aid of policemen, brgy. officials & hotel & resort management to be a part of Panglao Resorts Security Officers. PARSO was also created to boost security when delegates of ASEAN visit the town which will be among the meeting venues of the event. *** Panglao government recently formed the Panglao Resorts Security Officers (PARSO) in a bid to maintain order and heighten security particularly in crowded areas of the tourist destination. *** Bohol Provincial Police Office spokesman Sr. Insp. Vincent Dumaguing said that police are still going to arrest those caught in the act of participating in illegal drug activities despite the cancellation of planned anti-drug operations. *** The Bohol Provincial Police Office officially ordered its personnel to stop the implementation of Oplan Tokhang and Project Double Barrel-Alpha starting yesterday.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

PO2 Arlene Manatad: One, only woman SWAT

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 11, (PIA)—So what’s with a woman in the elite police force?

There must have something that toughened this frail girl in a brood of four from a remote barangay in Buenavista, Bohol to let her squeeze through hardships as they fall one by one the moment she wears the bulletproof vest of prayer and determination. 

The name Arlene Manatad is just like any ordinary Boholano name. 

At 27, and a single parent to an 8 year old girl, this innocent looking face and disarming smile is a woman’s taser. But her normal build masks a core toughness that makes Arlene Manatad a name whispered among the elites of Bohol police force. 

She has just crossed over the fence of the frail woman image to be honored as the first and only woman member of the elite police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in Bohol. 

Said to be the toughest test of physical fitness and agility, mental and spiritual strength among elite police officer’s trainings, SWAT commissioning have been notoriously called the most physically rigorous and mentally straining activity for 77 days of police life. 

But for Police Officer 2 Manatad, the pain and the strain are just hurdles towards her determined goal to bring the woman earn its rightful equal footing, with the men. 

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