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PIA Press Release
2008/08/29

Tagbilaran studies move to insure tanods

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (29 August) -- Insurance incentives for barangay tanods? Why not?

Seeing the logic behind the move to motivate more police force-multipliers to actively keep crimes at bay in their districts, City Mayor Dan Neri Lim has directed Police Chief Julius Cesar Gornez to study the prospect of giving insurance incentives to barangay tanods hurt in the performance of their duty.

With the order given during the recent City Peace and Order Council Meeting (CPOC) at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session Hall, the city mayor said he wants the city police to submit the study to his office within five days.

The provincial Government puts up death insurance to barangay peace officers but this does not cover for the government agent's hospitalization and other medical benefits in case of job-related accidents, Gornez told the council.

This as the city police chief assessed that criminality in Tagbilaran is still manageable, especially wit the 86.98% crime solution efficiency as reported.

Despite the relatively high crime solution efficiency, Gornez said he'd bat for improved crime solution efficiency and a faster police response time under his leadership.

Over the insinuation that Tagbilaran has become a Sin City, Mayor Lim reasons out that most crimes reported are amicably settled or does not necessarily involve residents.

"Seven in every ten cases reported by the media gets amicably settled, so there is apparently no need to read all reports over the radio and put up a negative public perception", the mayor pointed out.

Over all these problems, Gornez still cast his hopes that the community continues its key role in crime prevention.

Lim also vowed more police visibility as he shares a City Hall plan to acquire more Spider patrol cars to increase police mobility and patrol frequency.

Gornez also recommended the reformatting of the city clearance system using the more widely used standards of specimen signature data-banking.

The recommendation also jibes with the police plan to link all police stations across the country so as to further coordinate all efforts in crime prevention, criminal tracking system and missing persons information. (PIA) [top]

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