TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Crime volume in the region has decreased in the first quarter of the year, Cagayan Valley Police Director Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino reported on Tuesday, April 3.
Espino said, from January 1 to March 31, 2018, police recorded 3,061 crime incidents which is lower by 999 incidents or 24.61% than 4,060 incidents from the same period last year.
The regional police director attributed the “significant reduction of crime incidents” to Oplan Double Barrel, the police’s intensified anti-illegal drugs campaign.
He also said that drop was a result of enhanced police visibility, implementation of special laws, and the serving of warrants of arrest against wanted persons.
Espino presented the numbers during the Publishers Association of the Philippines (PAPI)-Isabela Chapter’s Round Table Forum, a conference on current pressing issues, at Isabela State University (ISU), Cauayan City.
The media event was participated in by local leaders, ISU Cauayan City students, journalists, the police, and army.
In the conference, Espino recommended the creation of an inter-agency for traffic management team per provinces to address the rising vehicular accidents in the entire region.
He also presented the peace and order situation and accomplishments of Police Regional Office 02.
The Valley Cops chief also distributed copies of the Beat Patrol Manual to the participants to promote the regional police’s programs such as Espino’s alphabet approach on crime, “Always Busy Catching criminals, Drug lords, pushers and users with Empathy.”
Earlier this year, Espino ordered the return of the police beat system to increase police presence and patrol in the streets. Northernforum.net