CAMIGUIN (PIA)–As the province recorded an increase of crime incidence from 25 in July-September 2021 to 33 in the same period for 2022, the provincial government here targets to hold town briefings to equip the local government units (LGUs) on handling cases and preventing crimes.
“Kinahanglan gyud nato ang tabang sa barangay. Akong plan is na katong briefing nga gihimo sa PNP sa ato himuon gyud nato per lungsod with the mayor, pwede na siguro local officials, municipal officials, ug barangay officials,” Gov. Xavier Jesus Romualdo said.
(We really need the help of the barangays. My plan is to have the briefings, currently conducted by the PNP for us, to be also held in towns with the mayors, maybe we could also include the local, municipal and barangay officials)
From the said 33 crimes, 5 are index and 28 non-index crimes as reported by PNP Camiguin Provincial Police Office during the Joint Meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council, Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Provincial Task Force for COVID-19, Local Council for the Protection of Children, and Local Committee on Anti-Trafficking-Violence Against Women and their Children, September 26.
On the 8-focus crimes, the most committed crime recorded for the said period is rape with four cases recorded in Catarman (1), Mambajao (2), and Sagay (1). One murder case is recorded at Catarman.
On violation on the minimum public health standards, PNP Camiguin issued 55 citations wherein 5 were asked to do community service and 50 were cited/fined.
As for the illegal drugs, Camiguin PNP has seized 1.4361 grams of shabu with a total value of P9,765.48.
“Tagsa-tagsaon gyud nato na kung kinsa ang mga drug personalities sa inyong mga lungsod ug sa inyong mga barangay, ug ato dayon himuan og interventions nga maundang gyud na,” Romualdo said.
(We really have to identify tho these drug personalities are present in the towns, barangays, and we have to make interventions so they will stop)
As for ways to further step up crime prevention in the province, PLtCol Elias Hampac, PNP Camiguin provincial director, said they recommend for the drafting of PPOC Resolution declaring Camiguin as an insurgency-free province, establishment of a Police Community outpost preferably at Yumbing Mambajao, and issuance of executive order creating a task force for LPG monitoring for local distributor of LPG in the province.
For his part, Romualdo said the province will aid PNP in enforcing laws, and making sure that the government will have an ‘iron hand’ in preventing crimes, especially rape that affects children. (RTP/PIA-10/Camiguin)