PH crime rate dropped by 47% during community quarantine period — JTF COVID Shield

Marje Pelayo   •   September 18, 2020   •   190

MANILA, Philippines — Crime rate or incidents of eight focused crimes in the country dropped by 47 percent during the six months of community quarantine from March 16 to September 15, 2020, the Joint Task Force COVID Shield reported on Friday.

Task Force Commander PLt.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said this is in comparison with the rate recorded in the six months prior to the imposition of community quarantines.

The figures presented by the JTF CV Shield showed that from 31,661 crime incidents in September 2019 to March 16, 2020, only 16,879 were recorded from March 17 to September 16 this year.

This means only an average of 92 crime incidents happened per day during the community quarantine period compared to 172 cases per day before the the implementation of restrictions.

Task Force records showed incidents of robbery decreased by 61 percent and theft by 60 percent contrary to speculations that crime rate would increase due to the economic impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We have been conducting analysis of the crime situation in the past six months in order to identify the best practices and security adjustments that we could replicate in other areas and eventually institutionalized in order to sustain this momentum,” Eleazar said.

Eleazar also echoed the directive of Philippine National Police (PNP) Police General Camilo Cascolan to continuously maintain police visibility, beat patrol and coordination among barangay officials to back the existing peace and order measure.

The eight focus crimes include:

  • Murder
  • Homicide
  • Physical Injury
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Theft
  • Carnapping of vehicle
  • Carnapping of motorcycle

MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

16 quarantine violators in Taguig City nabbed through Joint TF COVID Shield’s social media account

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A report made through the Facebook page of the Joint Task Force COVID Shield led to the arrest of 16 individuals in Taguig City.

Acting on a tip-off posted on the social medial account of the JTF CV Shield, authorities were able to track down the violators in a drinking session at a birthday party.

JTF COVID Shield Commander PLt.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said they were arrested for violating the government-imposed health protocols. 

“When police personnel went there, those who attended the birthday celebration were not wearing face masks and not observing social distancing,” Guillermo said.

They were held at the barangay basketball court and later released after six hours.

They are now facing charges for violation of city ordinance on drinking in public places and violation of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code on resistance and disobedience to a person in authority. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Travel pass kailangan para makabiyahe mula Metro Manila papuntang Tagaytay – JTF CV Shield

Robie de Guzman   •   September 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nilinaw ng Joint Task Force COVID (JTF CV) Shield ngayong Martes na kailangan pa ring kumuha ng travel pass ang mga bibiyahe mula Metro Manila papuntang Tagaytay.

“Ang guidelines pa rin ng National Task Force is that kung hindi ka APOR (Authorized Person Outside Residence) at ang lakad mo ay hindi related sa work mo hindi pa rin tayo pwedeng lumiban, lalabas tayo ng probinsya,” ang pahayag ni JTF CV Shield commander Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar.

“’Yung galing sa Manila kapag pupunta ng Cavite, dapat po may reason ka ng pagpunta doon at kung hindi, dapat kukuha ka pa rin ng travel authority,” dagdag pa niya.

Ginawa ni Eleazar ang paglilinaw matapos buksan ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Cavite ang turismo sa Tagaytay.

Ang hakbang ay ipinatupad matapos ang ilang buwang pagsasara mula nang pumutok ang Bulkang Taal noong Enero ngayong taon na sinundan pa ng COVID-19 pandemic.

Iginiit rin ni Eleazar na binuksan lang ang turismo sa Tagaytay para sa mga residente sa Cavite at hindi nito saklaw ang Metro Manila.

Ang Metro Manila ay nasa ilalim ng general community quarantine (GCQ) habang ang Cavite naman ay naka-modified GCQ. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

Motorcycle barrier, hindi na kailangan sa riders na magkasama sa bahay – JTF CV Shield

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi na oobligahin ang motorcycle riders na naninirahan sa iisang bahay na gumamit ng protective barrier sa motorsiklo sa mga lugar na nasa general community quarantine (GCQ).

Sa panayam ng UNTV program na Get It Straight with Daniel Razon ngayong Miyerkules, kinumpirma ni Joint Task Force Coronavirus (JTF CV) Shield commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar na epektibo ito kasabay ng pagsasailalim sa Metro Manila at ilan pang lalawigan sa GCQ ngayong araw.

Ayon kay Eleazar, ang hakbang ay inaprubahan ng National Task Force on COVID-19 matapos ang masusing pag-aaral at pagtimbang sa panawagan ng mga grupo ng motorcycle riders para sa kapakanan ng lahat.

Aniya, oobligahin lamang ang paggamit ng protective barrier kung ang magka-angkas sa motorsiklo ay hindi magkasama sa bahay.

Sinabi rin ni Eleazar na dapat ay privately owned ang motorsiklo at hindi for rent o kaya ay nagpapabayad ang driver nito.

Dapat ang angkas ay authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).

Ang driver naman ay maaaring hindi APOR basta’t maghahatid o susundo ito ng APOR na pumasok sa trabaho.

Ayon kay Eleazar, dapat magpakita ang rider ng ID na mayroong home address.

Dapat ring nakasuot ng face mask at full face helmet ang magka-angkas habang bumibiyahe.

Ang mga lalabag sa mga nasabing patakaran ay maaaring patawan ng multa.

“Doon po sa walang barrier o walang helmet, yan po ay reckless driving. Iyan po ang katapat na sanction na inilibas ng DOTr through LTO ay may multa yan na P1,500 to P2,000 sa first offense; P3,000 sa second offense at P5,000 to P10,000 sa subsequent offenses,” ani Eleazar.

Kung ang sakay naman ng motorsiklo ay hindi APOR ay overloading of passenger ang magiging violation ng rider na may multang P1,000.

Samantala, ipinanukala naman ng Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines na dapat may kani-kaniyang helmet at hindi naghihiraman ang bawat iaangkas na kakilala ng rider.

“Basta ipatupad lang doon sa backride ‘yung helmet, full-faced or with shield, lahat naman ng helmet mayroon ‘yang shield eh,” ani Atoy Sta. Cruz, ang director for administration ng Motorcycle Federation of the Philippines.

Dapat rin aniya ay naka-long sleeves at nakasuot ng guwantes ang rider bilang dagdag-proteksyon.

“Tapos kailangan naka-long sleeve or jacket. I’m talking of backride ha, then naka gwantes siya, long pants. Mas maganda pang protection ‘yan kumpara sa PPE,” ang sabi ni Sta. Cruz.

“Basta pag-uwi lang ng magkasama sa motor, ‘yun lang damit nila labhan agad, ‘wag na ipasok sa loob ng bahay,” dagdag pa niya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)


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