BCPO City Director Challenges Newly Graduated Security Guards to Combat Theft in Baguio City

SM City Baguio recently celebrated the culmination of the SM Security Training for Batch Black Eagle 03-24 Class 733 in a ceremony held at the mall’s basement parking on March 21, 2024. The event was graced by the presence of PCOL FRANCISCO B. BULWAYAN, JR., the City Director of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), who served as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. Present during the occasion were Mr. John Philip Baysac, Mall Manager; Major Ricardo V. Revita, President of the Belgian Security Agency; Mr. Almus J. Alabe, Head of Security Affairs; and Mr. Rafael T. Tejada, AVP-OIC Head CRS SCMC. PCOL BULWAYAN, JR. commended the graduating security guards for their commitment to upholding peace and order within the community.

However, amidst the celebrations, PCOL BULWAYAN, JR. issued a compelling challenge to the newly graduated security guards—to combat theft within the city. He emphasized that “theft remains the most commonly committed crime, particularly in the malls, with shoplifting accounting for 70% of these incidents.” This underscored the critical role of security personnel in ensuring the safety and security of mall-goers and residents alike. PCOL BULWAYAN, JR. shed light on a positive trend, noting a decrease in theft cases from April 2022 to March 2023. “We can attest that the partnership and exchange of proficiency and skills between the police and security forces do not go to waste,” he affirmed.

“Embrace every challenge as an opportunity to demonstrate your skills and commitment. Stay abreast of emerging security trends, continuously hone your skills, never compromise on the principles of honesty and accountability, and most importantly, keep your safety in mind when carrying out your duties,” he added. The ceremony, beyond its celebratory nature, served as a call to action—a poignant reminder of the graduates’ duty to protect and serve the community. PCOL BULWAYAN, JR.’s challenge resonated as a rallying cry for the newly graduated security guards to actively contribute to decrease theft and enhance overall security within Baguio City. As agents of upholding peace and order, the occasion underscored the crucial partnership between law enforcement agencies and private security forces in safeguarding the city’s security and well-being.

Amianan Balita Ngayon