The newly installed provincial director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros Oriental, Sr. Supt. Edwin Portento, hopes that the “Bohol Model” of cooperation between the community and law enforcement agencies can be emulated in the province.
“I will be very happy kung makokopya natin iyong Bohol model. The people cooperated very well with the police and the AFP, so in a short period of time nawala iyong problema nila noong nagpunta roon, naligaw doon ang Abu Sayyaf. (I will be very happy if we can adopt the Bohol model. The people cooperated very well with the police and the AFP, so in a short period of time, their problem with the Abu Sayyaf was addressed),” said Portento during the Kapihan sa PIA forum Wednesday.
“I believe we can also emulate that model. We should have a good cooperation between the community and the law enforcement services like PNP, AFP and NBI so we can make a good stride towards attaining peace,” he added.
The Kapihan focused the discussion on the topic “Crime Prevention Towards Peace” as the new provincial police director of the province underscored the importance of partnership and cooperation among all sectors of the society and the government in order to address peace and order problems.
Portento disclosed that he already paid a courtesy call on various sectors of the local community to seek support to PNP’s peace and order campaign.
Meanwhile, SPO2 Edilberto Euraoba III, information officer of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOrPPO), also reported in the same forum that the province registered a crime volume of 4, 889 for the month of January to August this year.
The volume of index crimes in the province, which is composed of crimes against persons and crimes against property, is at 1,206 while the volume of the non-index crimes for the said period is at 3,693.
Euraoba said the highest among the non-index crimes are traffic-related incidents with 1, 914 or 39 percent, followed by crimes involving special laws with 1, 325 or 27 percent , and then other non-index crimes with 454 or 9 percent.
The highest crime category for index crimes is theft with 475 crime volume, followed by physical injuries with 307, murder with 117, and robbery with 115.
Rape cases, which are also included in this category, has a total volume of 91.
Compared to the index crimes reported last year, theft remains to be the highest with a total of 736 cases in 2016 and 475 in 2017.
Cases of physical injuries showed a decrease based on the comparative table of PNP, from 403 cases in 2016 to 307 in 2017.
Overall, the index crimes for 2016 are higher compared in 2017 during the said period.
A comparative breakdown of non-index crimes from the provincial police also showed a decline in traffic-related incidents from 2,476 for 2016 to 1,914 in 2017.
Euroaba also gave a report on the crime clearance efficiency and crime solution efficiency of NOrPPO.
He explained that crime clearance means the suspect is at large but a charge has been laid against the suspect while crime solution means the charge has been filed against a suspect and said suspect is apprehended or detained.
“The crime clearance efficiency for 2017 has 73.99 percent and 71.81 percent for calendar year 2016 or an improvement of 3.4 percent as compared to last year. In crime solution efficiency, we had an increase of 3.88 percent compared from last year,” Euraoba said.
The crime solution efficiency rate of NOrPPO in 2016 is 67.47 percent while the 2017 rate is 70.09 percent. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)
Philippine Red Cross Alerts Residents on Health Hazards of Volcanic Ash
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) advised the affected communities to be vigilant on the health hazards of volcanic ash to human health as alert level 4 was raised over Mayon Volcano in Legazpi, Albay.
According to PRC Health Services, exposure to falling ash may cause a number of health problems especially respiratory illnesses such as nose and throat irritation, coughing, bronchitis-like illness, and discomfort while breathing. Eye irritation and minor skin problems are also among the bad effects of exposure to volcanic ash.
It can also cause vehicular mishaps resulting to injuries and casualties because of slippery of roads and poor visibility in areas affected by the ash fall.
Volcanic ash consists of powder-size to sand-size particles that have been blown into the air by an erupting volcano.
“The Philippine Red Cross already activated its health volunteers to disseminate awareness campaign on the health hazards that may ensue to individuals living around an erupting volcano,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.
As part of the dissemination campaign, the PRC also educated the affected communities on ways to cope with ash fall and advised the residents to seek immediate medical attention in case of health concerns caused by volcanic ash.
“We urge the affected individuals to wear dust masks or anything to cover their nose and mouth to protect them from catching harmful emissions from the volcanic ash. We also advise the residents to report immediately to their local health centers and nearest PRC Chapter in case of health concerns from volcanic ash,” Gordon said.
To date, the PRC has already provided dust masks to 4,000 individuals. Another 4,000 dust masks were also sent yesterday in Albay for distribution in the coming days. A total of 60 goggles, and 300 N95 masks were also provided to the affected individuals to avoid the harmful effects of volcanic ash.
The PRC also conducted hygiene promotion activities to a total of 1,153 individuals in various evacuation centers in Albay. Five water bladders were already installed to provide the affected individuals access to clean and safe water.
Meanwhile, PRC assets such as three water tankers, two hot meals on wheels, three trucks and one radio team with communication equipment were all deployed.
The Philippine Red Cross, as the foremost humanitarian organization in the country, has 103 chapters with two million volunteers nationwide that is always first, always ready, and always there to provide round-the- clock humanitarian assistance, especially to the most vulnerable.
PRC services include disaster management, health, welfare, blood, volunteer service, and Red Cross youth. (PRC)
Experts Map Fault Lines in Davao Oriental
Geologists from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) placed markers in several fault lines in Davao Oriental sighted in some portions of Mati City and Lupon town which reportedly sitting on top of the Philippine Faultline.
The areas transected by faultlines included portion of barangays Marayag, Calapagan, and Don Marcelino in Lupon and portions of Barangays Taguibo, Sainz and Central in Mati.
This was reported Sunday by Davao Oriental Provincial Information Officer Karen Lou Deloso based on the three-day activity “Walk the Fault” by Phivolcs geologists led by Jeffrey Perez.
Based on the Phivolcs findings, Deloso said the fault in Davao Oriental approximately 30 kilometers long is connected to the Philippine Fault line – the longest fault in the Philippines that stretches up to 1,200 kilometers from Luzon down to Mindanao.
Phivolcs noted that 320 kilometers of which is located in Eastern Mindanao stretching from Surigao area to Mati.
At the end of the three-day activity, Deloso said the Phivolcs team put markers which would guide local leaders especially in the barangays to inform residents on the need to take precautions and preparations.
Phivolcs also reported no fault lines in heavily or densely populated areas in Mati. But residents are still encouraged to keep safe from the hazards of earthquake which includes groundshaking that usually results in injuries, fatalities and destruction of buildings; landslides, and tsunami.
The three-day mapping of fault lines in earthquake hotspots in the provinces was aimed to save lives by making residents and local officials inculcate a culture of safety, telling them to be aware on the location and trace of the fault lines especially those underneath settlements that might drastically be affected by massive earthquakes.
Deloso said the activity was requested by Governor Nelson Dayanghirang as part of the province’s mitigation and preparedness
Dayanghirang had underlined the activity as something that does not intend to cause alarm, but to promote awareness and safety to lessen damages and casualty when disaster strikes.
Areas in fault lines are considered danger zones and classified as no-build zone areas. Structures built in faults should be built five meters from the faultline on both sides.
Experts said the Philippine Fault Zone divides the country from Luzon to Southern Mindanao with its tail end located in Mati, Davao Oriental. It is in the path of the Ring of Fire, a 40,000-km horseshoe-shaped continuous area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)
DOH Launches Dengue Immunization ID in Pampanga
Department of Health (DOH) launched on Friday the Dengue Immunization Record Card in Pampanga as part of intensifying monitoring and surveillance of recipients of the Dengvaxia vaccine.
Top officials of DOH led by Secretary Francisco Duque III led the launching of the identification cards during the Provincial Dengue Summit held at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.
In a press briefing, DOH Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon said the ID system will aid in strengthening their surveillance and reporting system for any adverse effect following the immunization of all those who were vaccinated with Dengvaxia.
Gorgolon explained that there are two types of cards—the bigger one is for the parents while the smaller one is for the one who received the vaccine.
“Both cards contain basic information about the recipient of the vaccine including his/her name, grade level, gender, name and contact number of his/her parent or guardian as well as the number of doses received and the date he/she received each dose”, Gorgolon said.
Aside from these, Gorgolon said the ID also contains what-to-do when the child manifests symptoms of dengue and the hotline numbers of DOH.
“In case the child manifests dengue symptoms, this ID must be presented to the health facility so that they know that he/she is a recipient of Dengvaxia and he/she will be given priority in his/her medical needs,” the official added.
The ID was conceptualized to address the issue of disaggregating those who were vaccinated with Dengvaxia from those who were not because there are also many dengue patients who are not recipients of the vaccine.
“For the mothers, we are giving them IDs as well because there are instances when mothers go to health facilities claiming that their child was vaccinated with Dengvaxia. In fact, there is one instance when a parent granted an interview with the media, but when we verify it, that parent is not in the masterlist of beneficiaries. So these are some of the issues that we want to address,” she furthered.
On the part of the health facilities, the ID system will facilitate their reporting system to the rural health units and DOH.
Earlier, Gorgolon said that close monitoring of all those who were given the initial dose of the vaccine is critical for the next five years.
The Dengvaxia IDs are being distributed in Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Metro Manila, and Cebu. (CLJD/MJLS-PIA 3)
Crime Incidents Dip in Dumaguete City
Crime incidents in the city significantly dropped for the third consecutive year through the joint efforts of the local government unit, Philippine National police, and the public.
Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo expects that with the diligence and devotion of newly confirmed Chief-of-Police Supt. Jonathan Pineda, the vigilance of the community and the installation of the high definition CCTV cameras by the 3rd quarter of this year, more crimes will be prevented or solved.
In its annual report for 2017, the PNP disclosed that crime volume reduced from 4, 176 in 2015 and 4, 125 in 2016 to 2,534 incidents in 2017 or a decrease of 1,591 incidents.
The Crime Solution Efficiency has also improved from 63.57% in 2015, 72.78% in 2016 to 79.1% in 2017.
Pineda said that some 105 anti-illegal drugs operations were also conducted in 2017 resulting in the arrest of 114 puhers, 21 users and seizure of 1,400.42 grams of shabu amounting to P 13.9 million; 102 cases were filed against drug suspects in 2017; 921 persons (67 pushers; 854 users) surrendered under Oplan Tokhang who are now subject to regular monitoring by the PNP.
The PNP also arrested persons with warrants and 7 yielded loose firearms while 34 were arrested for illegal gambling.
Finally, 1,046 motorcycles were apprehended in checkpoints pursuant to Oplan Bakal and Oplan Sita for various violations of the rules imposed by the Traffic Management Office and Land Transportation Office. (jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental)
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