By Zaldy Comanda
Baguio City – The number of reported crimes in the Cordillera region in the first five months of the year dropped by 18.59 percent, according to the Police Regional Office – Cordillera.
In the meeting of the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) and Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) held recently in Lagawe, Ifugao, the regional police force bared that the number of crimes from January to May this year dropped to 3,132, froom 3,847 covering the same period last year.
Index crimes significantly dropped by 44.60 percent from 834 last year to 462 for the reckoning period this year while non-index crimes dipped by 11.38 percent from 3,013 last year to 2,670 this year, according to the report.
The regional police force’s crime clearance efficiency for the reckoning period increased by 2.39 percent from 79.67 percent last year to 82.06 percent for the first five months of this year while crime solution efficiency grew by 6.28 percent from 67.92 percent last year to 74.20 percent for the same period this year.
Last month’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, according to the Cordillera police, was generally peaceful, despite two documented two election-related violent incidents, which resulted in the death of a barangay councilman and the wounding of three other individuals.