COTABATO CITY – The Ceremonial Turn-over of Cotabato City to BARMM Government was peacefully conducted on December 15, 2020 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, Bangsamoro Government Center, Cotabato City.

            PRO BAR, led by Police Brigadier General Samuel P Rodriguez, Regional Director, intensified its police operations and tightened security measures to ensure the safety of the public during the event. PRO BAR deployed 1,818 strong Bangsamoro Police who conducted public safety and security operations within Cotabato City and nearby municipality.

            More checkpoints were conducted jointly with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to block any attempts to disrupt peace and order within the city by the lawless elements. Mobile Police Patrols and Beat Patrollers together with the K9 handlers, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team, and Civic Disturbance Management Team were on standby in the identified key security areas and vital government and non-government installations in the city. Comprehensive efforts have been made to counter any possible acts of terrorism during the said event. Active coordination with the Local Chief Executives of BARMM and Cotabato City were observed and undertaken.

        Regional Director, PBGen Rodriguez reiterates that PRO BAR is determined to help the BARMM government and Cotabato City in stabilizing peace and order. Likewise, he lauded the Cotabato City Police Office and other police units for safeguarding the Cotabato City during the said ceremonial turn-over which is peacefully conducted.

            Meanwhile, PRO BAR adheres to the guidance of PNP Chief, Police General Debold M Sinas that PNP PRO BAR will help build a coherent, unified, and solid community for the Bangsamoro people and supports the idea of real transformation. PRO BAR is committed to render moral public service to the constituents of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.