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PRO-COR: CAR generally peaceful

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (28 February) -- Cordillera is generally peaceful with crime volume decreasing in the past few months.

This was bared during the first quarter regular meeting for 2009 of the Cordillera Regional Peace and Order Council (CRPOC) hosted by the city government, Friday at the City Hall Multi-Purpose Hall.

Mayor Peter Ray Bautista, personally, welcomed the CRPOC members headed by its chairman Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan and newly appointed Cordillera Regional Police Director P/CSupt. Orlando Pestaņo.

In the report presented by Police Supt Nestor Bergonia, crime volume for the entire region, went down by 49%, from 373 cases recorded in 2007 it decrease to 191 from January 2008 - February 2009. As for index crime cases it also went down to 128 compared to 266 cases, within the same period. Average monthly crime rate also went down by 84%, from 7.93 down to 1.26.

Baguio City has the most crime volume, though there is a significant decrease on the number of cases, as it went down to 91, from 198 cases in 2007. Benguet registered 45 cases, Abra, 22; Ifugao, 12; Mt. Province, 9, Kalinga 7 and Apayao 5.

On illegal/dangerous drugs, the PNP reported a total confiscation of P218 Million, with 41 arrests, 26 cases filed and 55 delisted drug personalities.

As per assessment, PRO-COR confirmed that the peace and order situation in Cordillera remains generally peaceful which means Cordillera, can now leap forward to development, Bergonia added.

Presidential Assistant for the Cordillera, Thomas Killip, lauded the PNP and the other law enforcement agencies in the region, for keeping the crime rate in CAR go despite the worsening global economic situation.

According to Killip, we should determine the factor of the decrease, so that we can share to the other areas in the country. He also wish that this picture remain in Cordillera for a better opportunity in investing for peace and development.

In an interview, newly installed PRO-COR Director Pestaņo confirmed that their main thrust/priority is to focus on drugs, with the President herself leading the campaign against illegal drugs. He bared that PRO-COR is also planning to invite other agencies, through PDEA-CAR, so that they can formulate plans and programs for new projects, like livelihood, which they can give to some people in the region, for them to avoid venturing into illegal drugs like marijuana.

Pestano added that PRO-COR will also focus on the peace and order situation in some areas in Abra, especially in Tineg, as well as the transformation program of the PNP, which is in the case of the Cordillera PNP, transformation into a better police force. (PIA) [top]

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