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Tuguegarao police seeks funds to address unsolved crimes

Tuguegarao City (8 February) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) here has requested the City Government to provide funds to address the high rate of unsolved crime cases in the city.

P/Supt. Eliseo Tanding, City Chief of Police, presented to the City peace and Order Council (CPOC) that the city police is currently facing 38 unsolved cases and 17% increase of index crimes. Crime solution efficiency also went down.

Tanding explained that the very reason on the problem is the insufficiency of fund to properly address the priority peace and order concerns of the city.

Because of this, the members of the CPOC has approved the resolution granting and authorizing PNP Tuguegarao City in the utilization of intelligence funds for all its intents and purposes.

Tanding requested P1 Million pesos from the city government which will be utilized for the purchase of information, payment of rewards, payment of traveling expenses of personnel involved in intelligence or confidential work, maintenance of safe houses, and purchase of medical supplies, food, ammunitions.

City Budget Officer Juanito A. Calubaquib said the request of the Chief of Police is granted considering that P1 M is much lower than the amount that is supposed to be given to PNP for the peace and order maintenance.

"The Local Government Code says that the fund to be given to the police must not go beyond 30% of the total fund of the city… if we will follow that, the police must be given P2.5 million pesos but since they requested for P1M as intelligence fund we will grant it", Calubaquib stated.

On the other hand City Vice Mayor Danilo Baccay, who presided over the meeting, challenged COP Tanding to immediately solve the high rate of criminalities in the city and the unsolved cases.

Tanding also assured the officials that they will do their best to resolve the cases and to maintain peace and order of the city. Tanding was barely 6 months in the service as the city Chief of Police having been installed last October. (Oliver B./PIA 2) [top]

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