THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has decided to strictly enforce the city’s anti-vandalism ordinance after observing that there are numerous walls in the streets that had been defaced.
Lieutenant Colonel Janette Rafter, deputy city director for operations of the CCPO, said the 11 police stations throughout the city have been ordered to monitor the vandals.
The ordinance, which according to Rafter carries a severe punishment, will be used as the basis for a complaint against those who will be caught.
“Among ipahibalo nga kining pag-vandalize sa atong palibot dili lang sa public place or establishment apil sa private establishment kung madakpan mo sa pagbuhat ani violation ni sa atoang anti-vandalism ordinance of 2018 medyo daku-daku raba gyud ang silot, naay penalty nga at least P3,000 ug ang labing taas mao ang P8,000. Aside ana kasohan ni siya sa korte,” Rafter said.
(We wish to inform that vandalism in public places or private establishments, if you are caught violating Anti-Vandalism Ordinance of 2018, there is a penalty of at least P3,000 and the highest is P8,000. Aside from that, violator will be charged in court.)
Vandalism usually happens during the wee hours of the night when most people are already asleep.
Rafter welcomed the idea of the Councilor Edgardo Labella II, graffiti czar of Cebu City, to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in areas where vandalism mostly occurs.
The police official urged the public to help stop vandalism in order to achieve Mayor Michael Rama’s vision for the city to become like Singapore.
The police will also welcome private organizations that will apply paint on damaged walls.
Councilor Labella had earlier asked the different barangay captains and tanods to help to the police implement the anti-vandalism ordinance. (AYB/TPT)