The Police Regional Office 9 (PRO-9) through the Regional Investigation Detection and Management Division (RIDMD) has established an Indigenous People (IP) desks in all Provincial and City Police Offices including Isabela City Police Station. The IP desks shall be manned by responsible uniformed PNP personnel to address and cater the issues and concerns of the IP in the region.
The Zamboanga Del Norte Provincial Police Office, Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Police Office, Zamboanga Del Sur Provincial Police Office, Zamboanga City Police Office and Isabela City Police have already placed the IP desks into operation under their respective Office of Investigation and Detection Management section.
Just like any other desk existing in the police station, such as the the human rights desk and women children protection desk, the IP desk is also responsible for the protection and promotion of the interest and well being of indigenous people with due regard to their beliefs, customs, traditions and institutions.
The establishment of IP desk is an initiative and an action taken of the Police Regional Ofice under the stewardship of PCSUPT Billy B Beltran purposely to address the various issues and concerns confronting the Indigenous People to effectively and efficiently deliver the basic services they need.
The issues and concern were raised by the Indigenous Cultural communities (ICC) in the Zamboanga Peninsula during a meeting at the Jose Rizal Memorial State University, Dapitan City last February 15, 2018 where the PRO9 Regional Director attended.