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Western Visayas more peaceful than other regions, says PNP 6

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (8 September) -- Police Chief Superintendent Samuel D. Pagdilao said Western Visayas is more peaceful than any other regions in the country.

Director Pagdilao who was the guest speaker during the culmination activity of the week-long National Crime Prevention Week, also acknowledged some major crime incidents in the region but noted that the community?s unity with the police has led to the neutralization of two criminal gangs involved in robbery hold ups and other crimes in Western Visayas.

Pagdilao, whose message was read by Police Superintendent Melchor A. Fajardo, Deputy Regional Director for Administration, also cited a murder case in Kalibo, Aklan where with the community?s cooperation the police also was able to help in the filing of a murder case against the suspect and several other john does.

"Policing is everybody?s concern," he said as he emphasized that "the cooperation of the community to attain a desirable level of peace and order in their respective community is paramount in bringing in development".

The occasion?s theme is ""Komunidad at Pulisya, Magkasama Tungo sa Pag-unlad ng Bayan", with the slogan "Ako, Ikaw, Tayong Lahat Laban sa Krimen".

Pagdilao also thanked the Regional Management Coordinating Committee and the National Crime Prevention Week 2010 Interagency Technical Working Group for recognizing "our most citizen friendly police station".

The winners for the Most Citizen Friendly Police Stations in Western Visayas are: For City Category, the first place went to San Carlos Police Station; Iloilo City Police Station 2, La Paz- second place; and third place- Bacolod City Police Station 3. For Municipal Category: first place- Ivisan Police Station, Capiz; Tobias Fornier Police Station, Antique- second; and third place went to Boracay Special Tourist Police Office, Aklan. "Your recognition keeps us moving toward transforming the PNP to be more capable, effective and credible force," Pagdilao said. (PIA6) [top]

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