THE Police Regional Office 4-A headed by Chief Superintendent Edward E. Carranza has identified the top peace and order problems in the region and the factors contributing to their rise and how the local police, with the help of the Regional Peace and Order Council, has been addressing them.
During the recent Joint National Peace and Order Council and 4th RPOC Cluster Meeting in Davao City. Carranza enumerated the contributory factors to the peace and order problems in the region composed of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces.
1st, he said they have noted a considerable number of physical injury cases commonly attributed to heated arguments during drinking sprees; theft cases due to security lapses and carelessness of victims; and robbery-holdup cases wherein victims are mostly violators of curfew hours.
2nd, the official said they have recorded a high incidence of vehicular accidents caused by unlit roads, potholes, lack of traffic signs and human error, mostly due to reckless driving in the region.
3rd, he noted the presence of illegal drug trade in Calabarzon wherein drug dealers rely on peddling shabu or marijuana as their main source of livelihood or money to feed their families. He added that product of apathy among family members and lack of community involvement to help address the problem.
Last but not the least is the presence of communist New People’s Army members known for recruiting sympathizers in the region by paying special interest on labor issues, land dispute and unemployment and whose existence is due to the support of some local chief executives.
Carranza said having identified those 4 factors, they are continuously implementing programs and so-called ‘Best Practices’ to address all of them. When it comes to addressing the presence of most common index crimes in the region, he said they are currently implementing the Enhanced Managing Police Operations and evaluating and assessing the different police crime interventions by their ground commanders.
He said thru the Regional Development Council, they have also discussed with the Department of Public Works and Highways their problems on unlit roads which has resulted in a number of deadly vehicular mishaps.
At the same time, they have strictly implemented their ‘Clean Rider’ program not only to ensure that motorcycle and motor vehicle drivers are in possession of registered vehicles but also have undergone necessary but free road safety seminars.
Carranza said they have also intensified their enforcement of the PNP Project: Double Barrel aimed at accounting for known drug dealers and users and seeing to it that those willing to be rehabilitated will be sent to different treatment centers in the area.
The PRO4-A has also launched its Community Mobilization Project to mobilize drug rehabilitated patients and turn them into useful citizens anew with the help of LGUs and most importantly, their families and the community.
Carranza cited their RPOC’s role in keeping crime volume in the region at a minimal level. He said from January to October this year, crime volume went down by 5.31 percent or from 41,810 incidents recorded during the same period in 2017 to 39,584 over the past 10 months.
Index crimes in the region from January to October this year went down by 2,837 or 7,212 incidents compared to the 10,049 recorded cases during the same period in 2017. On the other hand, non-index crimes went up by 611 incidents or a total of 32,372 this year compared to the 31,761 cases during the same period last year.
The official said during the period in review, Calabarzon police personnel hauled to jail 12,449 persons for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and shot dead 276 armed drug traffickers following gun battles which marred the conduct of legitimate buy-bust operations by his men.
He said that during the period, a total of 3,756 known drug personalities were subjected to Oplan: Tokhang activities leading to the surrender of 3,086 persons. The 670 others who did not yield to the local police for recording purpose and possible rehabilitation are now the subject of close police monitoring, he said.
Carranza said that the same period also saw the arrest of 101 known members of organized criminal groups in the region and the killing of 15 armed suspects in shootouts with arresting officers. Another 7,510 wanted persons were also arrested by the local police during the period as it intensified its campaign against most wanted and other most wanted persons thru the PRO4-A Oplan: Trojan War.