By Zaldy Commanda
CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet — Even the smallest achievements pave the way to success. In fortifying the institutional capabilities of Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PRO-Cor) through the improvement of administrative and operational coherence and efficiency, the regional director has enhanced the quality of police services and relationships with the community in his first 100 days in office.
Effectively accounting for wanted persons resulted in the arrest of 448 wanted persons, 25 of whom were listed as “Top Most Wanted Persons” (TMWP) at the provincial, city and municipal levels; 2 TMWP with a reward amounting to P90,000 each were neutralized; 4 members of a criminal group were nabbed; while a total of 37 NPA regulars and militiamen surrendered, 1 arrested by virtue of arrest warrant and 1 killed in police operations.
As a result of the unyielding police operations, the total crime volume for the period showed a decrease of 234 incidents or 11.96 percent as compared to same period last year. Likewise, The Index Crime volume decreased by 87 incidents or 21.85 percent as the recorded index crime volume for the period is 304 as compared to the same period last year which recorded 389 incidents. As a result of the decrease in the crime volume, The Index Crime Clearance Efficiency (ICCE) surpassed the target for the period which is 20.16 percent as PRO-Cor attained an ICCE of 68.42 percent. Strict implementation of special laws brought a total of 251 persons behind bars while 62 cases were filed in court.
Continuous intervention in support to the implementation of Republic Act 705, otherwise known as the anti-Illegal logging law yielded P1.1 million worth of confiscated illegal sawn lumber in 53 operations. 17 violators were arrested and 32 cases were filed in court. Likewise, 100 individuals were arrested and a total of P56,989 cash bet was confiscated, while 30 cases were filed in court as a result of 38 anti-gambling operations.
The campaign against loose firearms resulted in the arrest of 58 suspects and confiscation of 188 firearms. Sixteen cases were filed in court. Oplan Katok also resulted in the processing of expired licenses of 70 firearm holders such that a total of 169 assorted firearms were renewed.
The PRO-Cor worked out for the completion of 4 standard municipal station buildings worth P19,659,389.96. These include the municipalities of Langiden in Abra; Calanasan in Apayao; Kibungan in Benguet, and Lagawe MPS in Ifugao(1st Phase) ; 7 municipal police stations worth P23,490,875.87ongoing construction; 1 police station worth P4,891,800 for mobilization; and 2 buildings worth P4 million ready for opening of bids.
On equipment one brand-new Toyota Hi Ace; five Toyota Innovas; three computer sets; 11 double-deck steel beds; six generator sets and two motorboats were procured which enhanced mobility and Disaster Risk Reduction Management capability.
Chief Supt. Rolando Nana, regional director, emphasized the sustenance of community support and participation in the all-out peace and order campaign, thus a total of 185 Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) seminars throughout the region were conducted for both the civilian volunteers and policemen.
To date, the region has 21,021 organized BPATs with a total of 2,850 trainer supervisors and men. On disaster preparedness, 421 PNP personnel trained, while a total of 108 PNP “blue boxes” are maintained to ensure the disaster preparedness capability of the command.