THE police chief of Dumaguete City is appealing to barangay officials to assist them in their crime-busting efforts and the maintenance of peace and order especially during the Christmas season.
Superintendent Jonathan Pineda on Monday, December 17, said that while they have increased police visibility during these times, the police cannot do it alone “and we need the help of the people, especially in the barangays.”
So far, there have been no reports of burglaries or thefts in this city since the start of the Misa de Gallo or Simbang Gabi on December 16 but Pineda warned the people not to be complacent especially during the dawn novena masses.
“Usually mao mana ang oras sa mga kawat, kanang sa kadlawon kay mulakaw ang mga taw okay musimba (That is usually the time, at dawn, when people leave their homes to attend mass),” he said.
He said he is personally going around the barangays to remind the officials and even the barangay tanods or village watchmen to increase their visibility.
“Kung ano man ang among security plan, kay approved naman na sa province, mao to ang among gisunod (we are adopting and implementing our security plan which was approved by the province),” referring to the Negros Oriental Provincial Police office.
Pineda appealed to residents to report any unusual activity in their area. (PNA)