PNP names Ormoc, Cotabato, Puerto Princesa safest cities in PH

Marje Pelayo   •   May 24, 2018   •   37555

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Ormoc City was named the safest city in the country based on research conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Research and Analysis Center for the first quarter of 2018.

Ormoc City in Leyte Province recorded only 134 crime incidents followed by Cotabato City in Maguindanao and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan with 220 and 227, respectively.

PSSupt. Noel Sandoval, Chief of the PNP’s Crime Research and Analysis Center, believes one factor that contributes to the low crime rate in the said areas is the active involvement of police and residents within the community.

“Nare-record kase nag-report sa pulis. Pero kung hindi sila nagpunta sa pulis, hindi sila mare-record,” Sandoval said.

(They report [crimes] to the police that’s why it gets recorded. If they don’t go to the police, there would be no record of the crime.)

Meanwhile, Quezon City has the highest number of crimes with 12,252 in the first quarter of the year. Manila followed next with 7,066 and Cebu with 3,703. Sandoval said the higher crime rate is expected in cities with a greater population.

“Mas maraming crime incident na nangyayari sa isang lugar na mas mataas ang population kasi nga maraming tao. Mas malaki ang crime opportunity ng mga criminal,” Sandoval said.

(Incidence of crime is higher in densely populated areas. Criminals have bigger crime opportunities.)

Based on the record, Quezon City has the least number of solved crime cases at only 43.08% followed by Manila at 50.41% and Malabon at 51.05%.

Sandoval said they will send reminders to police officers in areas with the higher crime rate and order them to take actions on the matter. –Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

Quezon City Hall of Justice closed after 4 personnel contract COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Hall of Justice building and its annex will be temporarily shut down after four of its court officers and employees tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the city government announced on Friday.

The city government said Mayor Joy Belmonte ordered the closure of the buildings for seven days of until the city’s Epidemiological and Disease Surveillance Unit (QC-ESU) has completed the appropriate testing and containment measures.

In her letter to Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert and Metropolitan Trial Court Executive Judge Ace Alagar, Belmonte explained that her decision to temporarily shut down the Hall of Justice is to enforce measures during epidemic or outbreak to prevent spread of disease.

QC-ESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz said they will conduct exhaustive contact tracing of all those who were in close contact with the court officers and employees who were found positive and perform follow-up testing as necessary.

Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases shall be placed on home quarantine or isolation in a quarantine facility as feasible under the circumstances, he added.

Meanwhile, the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) started the thorough surface disinfection and misting of the whole City Hall complex.

The agency said the disinfection began on Thursday and will last until Sunday.

QC to conduct contact tracing after mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 9, 2020

The Quezon City’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QCESU) on Thursday said it will conduct a contact tracing on those who recently had direct contact with Mayor Joy Belmonte and two other employees who tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

QCESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz said employees who had contact with Belmonte and the two other staff will undergo swab testing, especially those working on the third and 14th floors of the city hall.

“Other people who had direct contact with the Mayor and the two other employees, including visitors, will also undergo swab testing,” Cruz said.

“Employees who will be tested need to undergo home quarantine until results are released as part of protocol,” said Cruz, adding that results will be out in three days.

Belmonte earlier said she is not manifesting symptoms of COVID-19 and that her office have already been closed for disinfection.

Other parts of the city hall will also undergo sanitation but operations will remain normal as not all employees came in direct contact with the mayor in the past few days.

Belmonte also assured she will continue to discharge her duties and functions as mayor even under quarantine through various alternative work arrangements.

DILG-Napolcom building in QC on 7-day lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   July 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) building along EDSA opposite the MRT-3 Quezon Avenue Station has been placed under seven-day lockdown starting Monday (July 6).

The lockdown was declared after a senior official of the Department tested positive for COVID-19.

According to DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, disinfection measures will be implemented while the building is on lockdown.

Contact tracing will also be conducted among employees to determine if there are other carriers of the disease.

DILG is now in the process of setting up work-from-home arrangements for its personnel and advises the public to transact all concerns through the Department’s online platforms posted on its website www.dilg.gov.ph

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