JOINT Task Force COVID Shield personnel from the Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Armed Forces and the Bureau of Fire Protection were lauded yesterday for helping the Philippines earn a Gallup spot in the Top 50 countries across the world with a very good peace and order environment ideal for retirement and investment.
Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said policemen, soldiers, firemen and Coast Guard personnel must be lauded for their extra efforts and hard work in strictly implementing quarantine rules that played a key role in further improving peace and order in the country as revealed by the recent Global Law and Order report which showed the Philippines as among the countries with a high index score.
Based on the 2020 survey of Gallup, a United States-based analytics and advisory company, eight of 10 Filipinos it surveyed feel secure in their community which placed the Philippines in the top 50 list worldwide.
The highest score was given to Singapore with 97 while Afghanistan got the lowest with 43. The Philippines has a score of 84.
Gallup’s Global Law and Order report is a worldwide gauge of people’s sense of personal security and their personal experiences with crime and law enforcement.
PNP chief General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan said the global survey result just echoed the personal safety and security being felt by the Filipinos long before the pandemic.
The PNP chief has ordered police commanders to intensify police visibility down to the barangay level both as an anti-crime strategy and implementation of the quarantine rules at the community level.
Since the start of the community quarantine on March 17, the JTF COVID Shield noted a significant decrease in crime, the peak was more or less 60 percent reduction of crime nationwide at the height of the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
Lt. Gen. Eleazar attributed the high score obtained by the Philippines to the hard work and sacrifices of the JTF COVID Shield personnel on the ground who implement both the quarantine rules and the peace and order measures under the new normal.
He also attributed the positive global survey results to the Local Government Units and other government agencies which actively participated in the strict and proper implementation of the quarantine rules on the ground.
The JTF COVID Shield is the enforcement arm of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).
“Our dedication and sacrifices to keep every street and community safe both from criminals and coronavirus have been paying off. Let this serve as our inspiration to continue doing better and working harder as part of our commitment to serve and protect the people by making them feel safe walking in every street, even at night, and comfortable in their homes,” said Eleazar.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte earlier vowed to improve the peace and order situation in the country by focusing on illegal drugs trade which the PNP has been saying all along to be one of the major roots of criminality.
As a result, the PNP noted a 62 percent reduction of index crimes in the first 42 months of the Duterte administration compared with the last 42 months of the past administration, or from 900,200 cases from January 2013 to June 2016 to only 341,232 cases from July 2016 to December 2019—or from a 21,433 monthly average to only 8,125 monthly average under the Duterte administration.
In Metro Manila, the National Capital Region Police Office recorded a 61 percent decrease in index crime during the same 42-month period, or from 143,643 cases of Eight Focus Crimes to only 54,977—or a from a 3,420 monthly average down to 1,309 cases.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año said the consistent reduction of crime nationwide is a vindication of President Duterte’s decision to launch an aggressive illegal drug war campaign.
Based on the latest crime data of the PNP’s 8 Focus Crimes, there was a 46 percent reduction in index crime nationwide during the 225-day community quarantine period (March 17 to October 27, 2020) with 21,602 crimes compared to 39,705 during the same period before the community quarantine (August 5, 2019 to March 16, 2020).
The Eight Focus Crimes serves as the PNP’s barometer of peace and order situation in the Philippines. The Eight Focus Crimes are Murder, Homicide, Physical Injury, Rape, Robbery, Theft and Carnapping of Motorcycles and Carnapping of Motor Vehicles.
“This is translated to 96 crimes a day during the quarantine period compared to 176 per day before the quarantine period. But we would like to emphasize that the pre-quarantine period crime data was already decreasing as part of the consistent decline since July 2016. And we were able to further reduce the already declining criminal incidents,” said Eleazar.