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PRO-COR commends Ifugao PNP

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (22 November) -- The regional director of the Philippine National Police in the Cordilleras commended the Provincial Police Office here for the numerous accomplishments which improved its performance.

Speaking during the oathtaking of the Ifugao Ladies Club and inauguration of the new police outpost at the Provincial Police Office here, P/CSupt. Eugene Martin said the police force here has shown a significant improvement in its performance in the past months.

Martin said that the province used to be the last in the entire region when it comes to performance ratings. The Ifugao PPO now ranks third and this is an indication that all fields improved and all the activities undertaken by the PPO were reported to the regional command.

According to Martin, Ifugao ranked number six or even seven in previous years but has shown great improvements under the leadership of provincial Director .PSSupt. Joseph Adnol.

Among the significant accomplishments of this PPO are the arrest of 61 wanted persons, implementation of Implan Kalapati which resulted to the closure of 6 karaoke bars; delisting of 15 drug affected barangays in February 2008; total marijuana eradication; conduct of 69 seminars/meetings/symposium on anti-illegal drugs; campaign against loose firearms; establishment of fixed visibility points; implementation of the integrated Patrol System and Barangay Proactive Security Program.

The PPO reported that the province is generally peaceful and that there was no marijuana plantations discovered and no robbery hold-up from January to October this year. However, there are some concerns which was brought to the attention of the Provincial Peace and order Council - a total of 56 crime against persons for the period January to October 2008; 8 cases of crime against property and 6 VAWC cases.

Adnol identified drunkenness, illegal gambling, diminishing family values and existence of karaoke bars as root causes of the identified crimes.

Meanwhile, Martin announced that there will be 20 cops to be added to the police force in the province.

Miguel Dimalnat Sr, the President of the Ifugao Federation of Senior Citizens requested during the meeting that the 21 policemen in Lagawe are not enough to maintain peace and order in this capital town especially during big occasions.

Documents obtained from the PNP here shows that among the 11 municipalities in the province, Lagawe has the highest crime volume partly attributed to it being the capital of the province where people mostly converge. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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