THE enhanced management of police operations led to a reduction in the crime rate in the Cordillera Administrative Region, with police recording a 19% decrease in crime incidents as of September 2019.
Police Regional Office Cordillera (PRO-Cor) Director Israel Ephraim Dickson said they recorded only 4,274 crime incidents from January to September 2019, lower than the 5,260 crime incidents in the same period of 2018.
“The decrease in the incidents of criminality in the region can be attributed to our enhanced managing police operations wherein we continue to account or audit through our oversight committee led by our Deputy Regional Director for Operations on the performance of our lower to know where we need to focus,” Dickson said.
As part of the government’s war on drugs, 251 operations were conducted including marijuana eradication. Large volumes of illegal drugs were confiscated in operations conducted in the provinces of Benguet, Kalinga, Mountain Province and Apayao as well as in Baguio City.
“The overall campaign against illegal drugs led to the arrest of 281 persons and the confiscation of of various illegal drugs with a total Dangerous Drugs Board value estimated at P340 million with 193 cases filed in court,” Dickson said.
“Some 87 new drug personalities have surrendered for this year for a total of 11,316 in line with ‘Tokhang’ activities, with 4,361 surrenderers undergoing community-based rehabilitation and wellness program while 4,911 are programmed to undergo the same,” the regional director added.
On the enforcement of special laws covering loose firearms, illegal gambling and illegal logging, the 369 operations from January to August resulted in the arrest of 123 individuals and the confiscation of 366 assorted firearms with 102 cases filed in court.
Intensified operations against wanted persons resulted in the arrest of 1,175 individuals while in its commitment to protect the environment, 33 operations were launched leading to the arrest of 34 persons and the confiscation of more than 48,000 board feet of lumber valued at P1.4 million, four chainsaws and six vehicles while 16 cases were filed in court.
Meanwhile, the implementation of local ordinances resulted in the apprehension of 18,974 offenders, including 18,974 who were accosted for jaywalking, liquor ban, littering, public disturbances, spitting, traffic violation, urinating and curfew for minors.
Campaign “Clean Rider” from August 2018 to August 2019 resulted in the implementation of 79,909 checkpoints and apprehension of 4,510 drivers without licenses, 3,986 without proper documents, 1,284 unregistered motorcycles, 111 unauthorized attachments, 3,080 driving without helmet violators, and 345 for driving without plate numbers.
A total of 13,316 were issued citation tickets while 933 motorcycles were impounded and 15 persons arrested.
“Once we would have identified where we need to focus, then that would be the time for us to bring in our resources like manpower, vehicle requirements, communication and other facilities. This is the result of our weekly conduct of our oversight committee.” Dickson said.
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong led the review of the proposed budget during the Budget Forum on the 2020 Executive Budget held September 24, 2019 as a take-off activity for the finalization of the financial plan that will be presented for deliberation and approval by the city council.