PNP, PA: Comval remains “peaceful, normal”
Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province— Comval Provincial Police Office (CVPPO) headed by P/SSupt Marvin Manuel Pepino bared Compostela Valley “remains relatively peaceful and normal despite the proclamation of Martial Law in Mindanao with crime situation in the area of responsibility manageable.”
The updates, along with the reports from other law enforcement agencies, were given during the quarterly meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) chaired by Gov. Jayvee Tyron L. Uy on October 24, 2017 at the provincial capitol.
Between July-September 2017, PSupt Jay Dema-ala reported a 44.25% crime solution efficiency (CSE) which is the percentage of solved cases out of the total number of crime incidents handled by the law enforcement agencies. The same record shows that there is a significant decrease in the crime volume of 226 compared to the 334 crimes committed on the same period last year.
The crime statistics further showed a decline in the average monthly crime rate (AMCR) of covering the same period which now stood at 9.89% from 14.47% in 2016.
Further, the CVPPO also bared efforts on its illegal drugs operations. Covering the period of January-October 23, 2017, the CVPPO conducted a total of 154 operations with 170 individuals arrested. Of these operations, a total of 28.63 grams of Shabu and 188.3 grams of Marijuana were confiscated.
Demaala, however added that the next updates will be reported by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). This follows after a memorandum was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on October 10, 2017 tasking the PDEA “as sole agency” to lead the war on drugs, specifically on the conduct of anti-illegal drugs campaign and operations.
“Of course, this will not cover those ‘in flagrante delicto’ or those caught in the very act of committing a misdeed,” he added.
Meanwhile, Col. Erwin Bernard Neri, the new Commander of the 1001st Brigade based in Maco, Compostela Valley, assured the council of their continued peace-keeping efforts as he also expressed his gratitude for the support of everyone.
“I would like to assure the members of this council that the Armed Forces of the Philippines, through the Philippine Army, is doing its best to maintain peace and security…there are still some challenges…The security condition at this point of time is very manageable but again we still need your cooperation, your involvement, the cooperation of all other agencies just to secure the province against all forms of threat particularly the armed groups of CPP-NPA and the local terrorist groups,” Neri said.
Gov. Uy, who recently delivered his 1st State of the Province Address last October 18, acknowledged the concept of peace as “elusive but possible through our collective efforts.”
Stating the province’s accomplishments in terms of peacekeeping efforts, he also recognized the importance of strong collaboration among different agencies and sectors.
“The multisectoral coordination among our people is the first step that has opened doors for sincere dialogues, strong collaboration, understanding and more progressive ways to involve the public in the deliberative efforts of the government especially in Peace and Order Programs,” the governor said. (Fe F Maestre/ Info Division, Comval)