Crime prevention a community effort – PNP-10 chief
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (4 September) -- Placing the country in heightened alert status is a precautionary measure to thwart any possible retaliation from the New People's Army (NPA).
Thus explained P/Chief Supt. Teodorico B. Capuyan, Regional Director of the Philippine National Police, region 10, who said Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the military and the police to keep a closer watch on military and government installations.
The latter could be the primary targets of the communist rebels following the recent arrest in Utrecht, Netherlands of Jose Maria Sison, founding Chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) by the Dutch Government on suspicion he ordered the killing of Rumulo Kintanar, former chief of staff of the NPA and Arturo Tabara, former head of the Visayas Commission of the CPP.
Sison's arrest came a few days before the country's observance of this year's National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) from Sept. 1-7.
"Truly, there is so much that our communities can do to prevent crimes, especially those that affect the national peace and development efforts of the government," Capuyan said.
During a program at the Mindanao Polytechnic State College (MPSC), this city, he said people should be aware of the NCPW theme "Crime Prevention: A global Concern" and the slogan "Mapayapang Pilipinas, Masaganang Bukas (A Peaceful Philippines, Brings A Bountiful Future).
The program was conducted following a "Baklay Kontra Krimen (Walk Against Crime)" from the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol towards the MPSC Gym that served as a kick-off ceremony for the NCPW in the city.
It was participated in by the different government and non-government officials and employees, as well as, public and private high school students of Cagayan de Oro.
Capuyan said he saw how the communities in Northern Mindanao have greatly helped PNP-10 in its drive against crime.
"In fact, we have been receiving positive response from the community in solving crimes in our areas. Maybe in the early days, people's perception was that solving crimes was solely the job of the police," he quipped.
Today, however, the community has understood that they have a role to play in finding solutions of crimes, more so, in filing resolutions to arrest the culprits and the concern of whether they are convicted or acquitted.
"People have understood that the police needs their cooperation and strong partnership so crimes can be prevented even before they can be committed," he further said. (PIA 10) [top]