Guv: Peace and order is improving-A A +A
Thursday, August 9, 2012
ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. admitted he forgot to include the city’s peace and order situation in his second State of the Province Address (Sopa) last August 8.
The governor, during his regular weekly press conference Thursday, said the province’s peace and order situation was actually included in the initial drafts of his Sopa but was inadvertently missed out after several revisions.
He apologized for the inadvertence but assured the peace and order situation in Iloilo has improved based on the report submitted to him by Iloilo Provincial Police Office (Ippo) Director Gil Lebin Jr.
Defensor said there was a decrease of 104 cases (17.96 percent) in the crime incidents during the first half of this year compared to the same period last year.
There was also a decrease in index crimes from the period of January to June, from 428 cases in 2011 to 379 cases in 2012. Index crimes are those crimes punishable under the Revised Penal Code.
Moreover, the crime solution efficiency for the first half of this year has increased by 0.64 percent compared to the same period last year.
Defensor said the improvement in peace and order situation of the province shows that the police are doing their job.
Defensor’s Sopa, delivered at the Provincial Board session hall, highlighted the gains of his administration under the “reform and change” agenda which, he said, is now a reality.
He cited the more than P100 million savings the province has incurred for the first two years of his administration because of the reforms he has instituted in the procurement system.
He also cited the priority given to the improvement and upgrading of hospitals as well as the successful campaign against illegal fishing activities.
Defensor also cited the various awards and recognitions obtained by the Provincial Government as a result of good governance. (PR)