METRO Manila is experiencing a significant reduction in eight focused crimes not only because of the ongoing crackdown against drugs and other crimes by the National Capital Region Police Office but also due to the continuing strict enforcement of city and municipal ordinances which has prevented crimes involving men and minors who are either drunk or high on illegal substance, Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde told the Journal Group.
Since last June 13 to date, the number of violators of city and municipal ordinances apprehended in the metropolis by the NCRPO headed by Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar has already breached the 380,000 mark yesterday and by the rate it is being implemented, the number could easily reach the half-million mark by year’s end.
According to Gen. Albayalde, the PNP’s strict enforcement of city and municipal ordinances specifically the curfew hours for minors and the ban on drinking in public places has been a factor in reducing the crime rate in the country.
“It is being highly appreciated by the community lalo na ngayon na wala nang umiinom sa kalsada, na pag me dadaan na babae ay pipituhan at pagsisimulan ng gulo. Itutuloy lang natin ang pag-aacost sa mga violator ng mga ordinansiya. Wala namang nakukulong dito, multa lang o reprimand, iba-iba ang rules ng bawat siyudad at munisipyo,” he said.
The PNP chief said their analysis of the national crime environment likewise showed that Total Crime Volume decreased by 15.61 percent in January to August 2018 as compared with the Crime Volume during the same period in 2017, while the decrease noted in the crime victimization rate between the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2018 is even wider at 20 percent.
Eleazar said they are further strengthening their discipline drive as it deters street crimes.
He said their records showed that crime volume in Metro Manila went down by 9 percent in 2016 and 11 percent in 2017. So far this year, Eleazar said they have registered a 20 percent reduction in crimes .
NCRPO records showed that from June 13 to last Sunday, more than 380,000 violators of different city and municipal ordinances were apprehended by police and barangay authorities.
Over 17,700 were apprehended for drinking in public places while around 25,000 were minors found to be violating curfew hours.
Eleazar said that over 260,000 of the violators were merely warned before being released from police custody while some 68,000 were given corresponding fines.
At least 45,000 were charged in court.
“Despite some public criticisms, we will continue to implement the marching orders of our superiors. We will also go after violators of national laws and City/municipal ordinances as we reiterate that our discipline campaign is aimed fully at keeping peace and order in the streets as ordered by the President and the PNP chief,” he said.
Eleazar said during the period, they have also apprehended over 117,000 for violating the smoking ban; over 26,000 men for going around the streets while half-naked; and over 190,000 others for other ordinances.
Eleazar said they also managed to stop the possibility that any one of over 25,000 minors who were apprehended for violation of the curfew hours would figure in street riots, stoning and other public disturbances.
Eleazar said the Quezon City Police District headed by Chief Superintendent Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. has accounted for the biggest number of violators with more than 215,000 followed by the Eastern Police District under Chief Supt. Bernabe M. Balba with nearly 81,000 apprehensions.
The Manila Police District led by Chief Supt. Rolando B. Anduyan has arrested over 35,000 while the Southern Police District under Senior Supt. Eliseo DC Cruz has apprehended over 27,000 violators.
The QCPD filed charges in court against over 25,000 of the apprehended violators followed by the MPD which filed charges against nearly 19,000 violators
Gen. Albayalde has cited the NCRPO for addressing the 8 focus crimes with the monthly average of 2,180 crimes from July 2015 to June 2016 decreasing to 1,680 incidents per month from July 2016 to January 2017 and further down to a monthly average of 1,350 crimes as of last August, registering a 38 percent decrease.