THE strong implementation of the Community Oriented Policing System (Cops) in managing crime prevention in the municipality of Itogon remains a key in bringing down the crime incidents to almost half this year compared last year.
Itogon Municipal Police Office chief, Chief Inspector Eugene Raymundo said the application of Cops by the local police and the municipal officials have proven to be the most effective system which they have applied since May.
Based on the records of Itogon police, 34 crimes were recorded from May this year compared to 72 last year with most cases involving physical injuries due to alcohol substance use.
"Our strong coordination with the local government units particularly in the barangay level have been effective in the sense that we have inculcated in them the system of not giving the would be perpetrators of crime the chance to have the opportunity and intent to commit a crime, and to secure their residences form criminals," Raymundo said.
On the war on drugs, Itogon recorded 316 drug surrenderers with 208 graduating from the rehabilitation program being implemented by the local government unit and other interest groups.
"While still waiting for the remaining 108 surrenderers to finally finish the community based drug rehabilitation program being implemented by the LGU, we continue to monitor the graduates while we intensify our information education campaign on the ill effects of illegal drugs," Raymundo pointed out.
The municipality have allotted P500,000 to be used for livelihood projects for the surrenderers after graduating from the rehabilitation program.
"To date, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Cordillera have declared the Municipality of Itogon to be drug cleared, with no resurgence on the use of illegal drugs or recidivist coming from those which underwent the drug rehabilitation program," Raymundo added.
At least seven village in Itogon were previously identified by PDEA to be drug affected after being reported to have a resurgence of illegal drugs but was subsequently declared by the agency to be drug cleared.
The municipality was also a candidate for the Seal of Good Local Government award for implementing an effective drug rehabilitation program as part of the parameters set by PDEA in its war on drugs.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on November 15, 2017.
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