PNP names Ormoc, Cotabato, Puerto Princesa safest cities in PH
Marje Pelayo • May 24, 2018 • 34708
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, Philippines – The city government has begun culling operations within the one-kilometer radius from ground zero or the location where pigs positive for African Swine Fever (ASF) were discovered.
So far, a total of 50 pigs have been culled.
According to Mayor Joy Belmonte, they have taken several samples from live and dead subjects of which 14 tested positive for ASF in Barangay Bagong Silangan.
Belmonte clarified that the tested animals were not among those discovered floating in a creek which were of unknown origin.
The Mayor stressed that backyard hog raising is not allowed in the city as they have no agricultural land and they have ordered a phase out of backyard hog raising even before reports of ASF surfaced.
“Nagbigay na ako ng order na maaga pa lang mag-phaseout na sila, (Even before, I have ordered them to phase out their pigs),” she said.
“Within 6 months actually that was the time period that I gave para mabigyan din naman sila ng pagkakataon to get back yung puhunan nila doon sa kanilang inaalagaang baboy, (to give them time to get back what they have spent for the pigs they were raising,)” she added.
The city government is confident of immediately addressing the issue following the result of the tests in collaboration with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).
Mayor Belmonte also responded to the issue regarding premature announcement of the tests relative to ASF.
“I take the stand na siyempre local government official tayo. (I take the stand as a local government official). May responsibilidad and obligation tayo sa ating mga mamamayan, hindi pwede yung wait ang see pa, (I have the responsibility and obligation to our constituents, we cannot just wait and see),” she noted.
“Kung kalusugan na ang pinaguusapan natin, (When it comes to health) I would like to protect our citizens, ang mga existing na mga baboy pa na para hindi sila mainfect, (as well as the existing (living) hogs that are not yet infected,)” she concluded. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
The Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management has launched ‘Bayanihan sa Lansangan’ which will dispatch more buses in Commonwealth Avenue.
Aside from the severe traffic, there are also not enough buses for an estimated 30,000 – 40,000 commuters in the area.
Rene Hanolino, one of the commuters, said he spends time just waiting for a bus ride every morning.
“Mga 15 minutes, pinakamatagal na sa akin iyon, pag-aabang. Kasi talagang madami namang pasahero. Tiyaga lang naman (Around 15 minutes, that is the longest time I’ve waited because there are a lot of passengers. It takes patience),” he said.
During the first day of the implementation on Tuesday (Aug 20), authorities directed the passengers to where they should wait for buses.
Traffic czar of Quezon City Task Force For Transport And Traffic Management Ariel Inton said the heavy crowd of passengers waiting for a ride have begun to block the roads.
“Sa dami nila, bumabara sa mga private vehicles. Iyong mga bus naman, sinasalubong nila kasi dumadating dito iyong mga bus, punuan na (Because of their sheer number, they block the private vehicles. Other passengers try to get ahead by catching the bus before it reaches the stop, so its already full by the time it gets there ),” he said.
Inton added that the ‘Bayanihan sa Lansangan’ will be able to provide enough buses for passengers.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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