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Bicol RLECC reorganized

by CT Amo

LEGAZPI CITY (14 December) -- Police Chief Superintendent Victor Boco, Bicol police regional director, called a reorganizational meeting of the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC) to address the amendment of a section in the Executive Order No. 820, the appointment of the RLECC vice-chair, and the re-organization of RLECC committees.

The reorganization was also called due to the various amendment of Executive Order No. 828.

The proposed RLECC's sub-committee and membership include the following: dangerous drugs, firearms and explosives control, alien control, civic involvement, forestry law enforcement, fishing and marine environment protection, public information, financial frauds, tax evasion and currency violation, traffic management enforcement and anti-carnapping intelligence coordination, crimes against public morals, and illegal recruitment.

The Sub-Committee on Crimes against Public Moral was expanded to include Crimes against Public Morals and Welfare with new law on senior citizen, and single parents. A new Sub-Committee on Plant and Animal Quarantine was formed with the Department of Agriculture (DA) as the lead agency to control the spread of brontispa, a new coconut pest, and take up measures to prevent the entrance of bird flu in the country.

The meeting proper was preceded by an update on the peace and order situation in Bicol given by Police Superintendent Heriberto Olitoquit.

Olitoquit reported said that there was a drop of 36 incidents in the total crime volume of 2,392 during the January-November period this year compared to 2,428 incidents registered during the same period last year.

But there was a slight increase of 17 incidents or 1.07 per cent in the index crimes this year at 1,601 incidents compared to 1,584 incidents posted last year.

Out of the total number of index crimes reported, some 1,086 crimes were solved, showing an index crime solution efficiency of 84.63 per cent.

There was also a drop of 53 incidents or 6.28 per cent in the 791 non-index crimes this year from 844 incidents last year.

The police in Bicol neutralized 27 criminal gangs engaged in robbery, holdups, drug pushing, swindling and theft. Five of those neutralized criminal gangs are included in the target list while 22 are newly identified criminal gangs. Aside from criminal gangs, the police also neutralized nine most wanted persons in the region.

Internal security operations jointly conducted by the police and the Philippine Army resulted in the neutralization of 25 NPA members broken down to eleven killed, eleven captured/arrested and three arrests during the period, including the recovery of 18 assorted firearms, a Mitsubishi Adventure, motorcycle and terrorists documents. (PIA) [top]

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