Peaceful situation of Ilocos Sur noted in forum
By Freddie G. Lazaro
VIGAN CITY (September 11) -- Police and army operatives has reported a generally peaceful situation of Ilocos Sur during a provincial peace and order council meeting presided by Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano at capitol here.
The meeting was held in consonance with the celebration of National Crime Prevention Week from September 1-7, 2007.
Superintendent Crispin Agno, Deputy Provincial Police Director for Operation and who represented the OIC Provincial Director, disclosed the slight decrease of crime volume in the province for the 8–month period of this year comparing the same period last year.
"From January to August this year, a total of 278 crimes were recorded as compared to the same period last year with a total of 286 recorded crimes or with a slight decrease of 8 crimes or 2.8 percent," Agno said.
However, the crime solution efficiency from January to August this year had 233 crimes solved or 83 percent, which was lower compared to a total of 255 crimes solved or 89 percent of same period last year.
"Although, we had a lower percentage of crime solution efficiency of this year, the peace and order situation in the province still manageable," Agno added.
According to Agno, the massive anti–criminality campaign by the police against the lawless elements and drug personalities in the province is continuously intensify.
Agno cited the active support of the local residents, the media, the provincial government, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the private sectors in maintaining the peace and order of the province.
Meanwhile, the anti- insurgency campaign against the New People's Army (NPA) continued particularly in the mountainous areas in the province.
Colonel Roy T. De Vesa, Commander of the army's 50th Infantry Battalion based in San Juan, Ilocos Sur, reported the two encounters held between the soldiers and the NPA at Nagcolooban, Sinait town last March 14, 2007 and at the boundary of Galimuyod and Candon City last August 24, 2007 that resulted to the recovery of subversive documents but no casualties of both sides reported.
De Vesa assesses the situation of the province as generally peaceful as of press time.
For his part, Savellano called all the residents, national government agencies, LGUs, private sectors, the AFP and the police to join hand and hand in maintaining peace and order in the province.
Savellano assured the full support of the provincial government to all anti–criminality and anti–insurgency programs by the police and the AFP. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]