PHILIPPINE National Police Officer-in-Charge Lt. General Archie Francisco Gamboa yesterday said that lesser crime and lesser fear of crime have contributed significantly to improved quality of life of Filipinos.
The PNP-OIC gave the assessment as he noted the correlation between crime and quality of life based on results of a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed roughly a third of the population or 36 percent of Filipinos citing improved quality of life.
The SWS survey conducted on Sept. 27 to 30 indicate 36 percent of Filipinos said their lives improved over the past 12 months.
The same survey found out that 46 percent of adults expect that their quality of life will improve in the next 12 months while only five percent expect their quality of life will worsen.
“This feeling of improved quality of life is fairly consistent with PNP data that showed improved crime situation over time,” Gamboa said, citing the 4.89 percent drop in nationwide Crime Volume or some 6,000 fewer crime incidents during the third quarter of 2019 as compared with the same period in 2018.
“This data validates our assumption that people appreciate improved quality of life in a safer environment, where there is less crime and less fear of crime,” the official said.
According to the PNP-OIC, their 3rd quarter crime data showed significant decreases among crimes against person and crimes against property in most crime categories such as murder, homicide, physical injury, robbery, theft, and carnapping, except rape that rose 3.47 percent from July to September this year.
Gamboa said all these index crime cases, except rape, dropped steadily in the 3rd quarter of 2019, with carnapping posting the sharpest decline at 45.86 percent and theft cases going down further by 13.84 percent.
Murder cases likewise decreased by 9.81 percent, homicide by 11.90 percent and robbery by 4.52 percent, he said.
The PNP top cop said crime solution and crime clearance efficiency ratings were consistently posted at double-digits figures in the 3rd quarter, indicating the PNP’s capacity to solve and clear criminal cases.