CEBU CITY MAYOR TOMAS OSMEÑA said he will look into reports that officers from the police detachment inside Cebu IT Park are not responding to incidents in the area.
In an interview, Osmeña said the police are “useless” for being unresponsive to complaints.
Osmeña also suggested measures to address safety issues in the area following the complaints he received from business process outsourcing (BPO) workers.
In a news conference Tuesday, Dec. 18, the mayor said he suggested to the management of IT Park to hire retired military personnel in Barangay Apas to help secure their premises.
“The place is not well-lighted. Sometimes, when I receive a complaint, I forward it to them. My suggestion for them is to consider recruiting military force from Apas. They just give them P1,000 per month honorarium and a little livelihood like phone booths where they can sell, and call center agents can buy prepaid loads,” he told reporters.
He met some representatives of the management of IT Park, Tuesday to discuss the concerns of the workers.
Nanette Garong, the City’s consultant on BPO matters, said they received complaints of robbery from the workers, particularly when they withdraw money from the ATM machines inside IT Park.
Apart from it, Osmeña said a BPO company also wants it employees to undergo arnis classes.
Osmeña said the IT Park management should do something on the security of the BPO workers since the City has been supportive to them by providing free bus rides at night and providing enough street lights outside IT Park, among others.
A resident in the area sent a message to Osmeña, which the mayor posted on his Facebook page.
“We will look into this,” Osmeña wrote in the caption with a screen captured photo of the text message.
The resident said the police always refer peace and order concerns that were reported to the the latter to the barangay.
In one incident, the incident even resulted in the murder of their neighbor. (RVC)