AMID its ongoing war on drugs, terror, criminality and rogues in uniform, the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar is getting more valuable support from the NCR Regional Peace and Order Council in its effort to make the streets of Metro Manila much safer to walk and live in for the public but a very dangerous place for criminals, the Journal Group learned.
Last week, the Palace said Filipinos feel safer with the fight being waged by the Duterte administration against illegal drugs and criminality amid the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which showed that 1.4 million Filipino families were victimized by common crimes over the past six months.
The SWS said the third quarter survey result of families victimized by common crimes is 0.7 point higher than 5.3 percent or 1.2 Filipino families who reported the same in the second quarter.
In its second quarter 2018 survey, the SWS found 5.3 percent of the respondents, representing 1.2 million families, reporting being the victims of common crimes from January to June. However, Malacañang welcomed the SWS survey showing the percentage of common crime victims at a “record-low” of 5.3 percent with the Philippine National Police saying that it was a testament to the merits and sincerity of the government’s campaign against crime and drugs.
The NCRPO has reported continuing decline in incidents of street robbery, pickpocketing, rape, physical injury, motor vehicle and motorcycle theft this year. Only homicide cases are increasing, it said.
What is clear in those surveys is that families fearing the presence of many drug addicts in their area have fallen significantly, credit it to the programs of the NCRPO which is getting full support from the RPOC of the NCR chaired by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista.
During the recent meeting of National Peace and Order Council and 4th RPOC Cluster in Davao City, Bautista highlighted the accomplishments of the RPOC-NCR which is composed of 35 local government functionaries, national government agencies and civil society organizations helping the NCRPO carry out its task to fight crime, illegal drugs, insurgency and violent extremism.
The RPOC-NCR said that pending the enactment of the Philippine Security Code and the pressing need to institutionalize security protocol and provide accountability on the stakeholders concerned, the RPOC-NCR facilitated the conduct of a series of workshops prescribing set of standards on security on crisis management and other law enforcement operations in malls, accommodation establishments, restaurants, and other tourism establishments in Metro Manila.
The endeavor sought the full cooperation of the PNP, the Joint Task Force Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Dangerous Drugs Board, Commission on Human Rights, LGUS and NGOs such as the Association of Hotel Managers and Association of Security Agencies. The memorandum is expected to be signed before the end of the year.