The dynamism of change seems to have always influenced the police organization as it strives to meet with excellence the growing requirements of public safety and the role it plays toward our common quest for growth and development.
Pursuant to Section 11 of General Orders Number 77 issued by Camp Crame on May 31, 1977, the PC/INP Regional Command 2 came into being. In 1978, the PC/INP RECOM 2, as it was known then, established Headquarters at the military reservation in Alimannao, Tuguegarao, Cagayan. Shortly, thereafter, the camp was named after the late Governor Marcelo Adduru in honor of his heroic deeds during the war and as a distinguished son of Cagayan.
RECOM 2, the Command tasked to secure the Cagayan Valley Region which then included Kalinga, Apayao and Ifugao, created a name in its campaign against insurgency for significantly reducing the dissidents’ mass base and military strength that gradually led to the collapse of their main operating organs in the region. It, likewise, started a system of coordination with the various sectors that bolstered its anti-criminality drive.
The dawn of the 90s brought with it another meaningful change for the PC/INP with the enactment of RA 6975 that weaned the PC/INP from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and took a new identity as the Philippine National Police.
Thus, begun the colorful saga of Police Regional Office 2. Shedding off its military orientation and focusing on people-oriented programs and projects were huge tasks for an infant organization. Nevertheless, through a gradual but systematic approach, PRO2 began to gain the people’s respect and support for its programs that were developed by regularly touching base with the local government units, the church, the NGOs, the private sector, and all the segments of our society.
Region 2, commonly known as “Cagayan Valley”, seats on the northeastern part of Luzon. It is endowed with vast track of rich agricultural and pasture lands surrounded by mighty mountain ranges.
The region has five provinces of different topography, one of which is the Batanes group of island north of the mainland largely separated by the great expanse of the Balintang Channel. The provinces of Isabela, Cagayan and Nueva Vizcaya are referred to as the valley provinces mainly because their land areas are located along the Cagayan River basin which tributaries serve to irrigate the agricultural plains. The province of Quirino is practically mountainous as it is located within the Sierra Madre ranges.
With a total land area of some 2.68 million hectares, the region is the fourth largest in the country. The City of Tuguegarao, the capital of Cagayan, which is 495 kms north of Manila, also serves as the regions’s capital. The total population of the region is 2.8 million based on 2002 census.
The Cagayan Valley has provided and sustained the basic resources of the country. It significantly supplies food, water and power not only to the adjacent regions but impacts on the basic needs of the nation’s capital. Much of its comparative advantages come from an overwhelming abundance of nature’s blessings.