CAMIGUIN (PIA)–Noting an increase of crimes from 46 in January-May 2021 to 57 in the same period for 2022, here, Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo urges the municipal social welfare officers (MSWDOs) and law enforcers to conduct barangay monitoring to establish visibility of authorities.
“Kung musuroy ra ang social welfare sa barangay, mugawas gyud na ang bata ug muistorya gyud. Pero ang mama dili musugot nga kasuhan,” Romualdo said.
(If the social welfare [officers] will just visit the barangays, the children [who are victims of rape or abuse] will really talk about their situation. Yet, some mothers of these children do not want to file a case against the perpetrator)
During the Joint Meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC), Provincial Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF-COVID-19), Provincial Task Force for Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC), and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), June 14 at Camiguin Convention Center, the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Camiguin reported that they have recorded six cases of rape on the 8-focus crimes for January-May 2022.
They also recorded four cases of physical injury, theft (3), and robbery (1). As compared to January-May 2021, records this year show an increase on the 8-focus crimes from 11 to 15.
Focusing on protecting the children, Romualdo said the provincial government also hired psychologists to assist those who are victims of rape or abuse. He further emphasized that such intervention is needed since studies show that without undergoing through a process on healing and recovery, children may commit suicide.
Meanwhile, PNP Camiguin also acts on illegal logging in the province where they confiscated materials worth P2 million at Barangay Catibac and Bonbon, Catarman, Barangay Butay, Cantaan and Sitio Lisbong, Guinsiliban, and Sitio Labaw, Magting, Mambajao.
On operations against illegal drugs, the provincial police have seized 1.3048 g of shabu with a total value of P8,872.64 from three suspects.
Upholding peace, order in Camiguin
Boosting security measures in the province, the 58th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army aims to create the ready reserve battalion for the province where 551 reservists are required in the province, comprised of 31 officers and 528 personnel. Target conduct of the Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT) in Camiguin is by end of June or early July this year for 45 days.
“Mas maayo nang programa sa army to prepare Camiguin. Among ifollow-up para maka-start na sa training (This is a good program of the army to prepare Camiguin. We will follow-up the implementation so we can already start the training,” Romualdo said, emphasizing that they are urging barangays to take part in such undertaking.
The Reserve Force shall provide the base for expansion of the AFP, assist in relief and rescue during disasters or calamities, assist in socio-economic development, and assist in the operation and maintenance of vital facilities and utilities.
The three categories of the reservists include the able bodied aged 18-35 years old for the first category, 36-51 years old for the second category, and able bodied aged 52 to 65 years old for the third category. (RTP/PIA-10/Camiguin)
The Provincial Government of Camiguin leads the Joint Meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC), Provincial Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF-COVID-19), Provincial Task Force for Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC), and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), June 14 at Camiguin Convention Center. (RTP/PIA-10/Camiguin)