Ito­gon crime rate down due to COPS

Sun.Star Baguio - - TOP STORIES - Jonathan Llanes

THE STRONG im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Com­mu­nity Ori­ented Polic­ing Sys­tem or COPS in man­ag­ing crime pre­ven­tion in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ito­gon re­mains a key in bring­ing down the crime in­ci­dents to al­most half this year com­pared last year.

Ito­gon Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Of­fice chief, Chief In­spec­tor Eu­gene Ray­mundo ex­plained the ap­pli­ca­tion of COPS by the lo­cal po­lice and the mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials have proven to be the most ef­fec­tive sys­tem which they have ap­plied since May.

Based on the records of Ito­gon po­lice, 34 crimes were recorded from may this year as com­pared to the 72 last year with most cases in­volv­ing phys­i­cal in­juries due to al­co­hol sub­stance use.

"Our strong co­or­di­na­tion with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units par­tic­u­larly in the barangay level have been ef­fec­tive in the sense that we have in­cul­cated in them the sys­tem of not giv­ing the would be per­pe­tra­tors of crime the chance to have the op­por­tu­nity and in­tent to com­mit a crime, and to se­cure their res­i­dences form crim­i­nals," Ray­mundo said.

On the war on drugs, Ito­gon recorded 316 drug sur­ren­derees with 208 grad­u­at­ing from the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram be­ing im­ple­mented by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit and other in­ter­est groups.

"While still await­ing for the re­main­ing 108 sur­ren­derees to fi­nally fin­ish the com­mu­nity based drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram be­ing

im­ple­mented b the LGU, we con­tinue to mon­i­tor the grad­u­ates while we in­ten­sify our in­for­ma­tion ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign on the ill ef­fects of il­le­gal drugs," Ray­mundo pointed out.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity have al­lot­ted P500,000 to be used for liveli­hood projects for the sur­ren­derees af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram.

"To date, the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency Cordillera have de­clared the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ito­gon to be drug cleared, with no resurgence on the use of il­le­gal drugs or re­cidi­vist com­ing from those which un­der­went the drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram," Ray­mundo added.

At least seven barangays in Ito­gon were pre­vi­ously iden­ti­fied by PDEA to be drug af­fected af­ter be­ing re­ported to have a resurgence of il­le­gal drugs but was sub­se­quently de­clared by the agency to be drug cleared.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity was also a can­di­date for the Seal of Good Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment award for im­ple­ment­ing an ef­fec­tive drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram as part of the pa­ram­e­ters set by PDEA in its war on drugs.

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