TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- The Kalinga Provincial Police Office (KPPO) reported the province "remains an ideal place for investment and tourist destination with its favourable peace and order situation."

During the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting, the KPPO reported that crime volume from January 1 to November 30, 2013 recorded a total of 1,107 incidents. This is 94 or 7.8 percent lower compared to same period last year where a total crime volume of 1,201 was reported.

Of the total, 739 were index crimes and 368 non-index crimes. Physical injury as the most prevalent at 399, followed by theft at 130 and robbery with 104. Index crime against property has a total of 301 incidents.

According to the police report, Index Crime Clearance Efficiency for the period was 79.86 percent, higher by 70.46 percent as compared to the same period last year’s 9.41 percent while Index Crime Solution Efficiency also increased by 63.25 percent from 15.07 percent last year to 78.32 percent this year.

Average Monthly Crime Rate for the period registered at 317.53 per 100,000 population lower than the 559.65 registered during the same period last year.

Meanwhile, members of the Kalinga Provincial Peace and Order Council recently moved for the creation of a joint military and police mobile patrol team in the province to prevent any untoward incident during the Christmas break.

Dubbed as Task Force Yuletide, it would augment the police forces in securing the province during the season, said Governor and PPOC chair Jocel Baac.

Army presence with the police based on previous incidents, he said, seems to be more effective since criminals "tends to yield" when they see military members with the arresting police.

According to KPPO Deputy Operations Office Police Senior Inspector Wilson Lagan, the task force will also be looking into the strict implementation of the Oplan Paputok and other laws and ordinances to ensure peace and security during season. (Geraldine Dumallig)