Tacloban joins kickoff of Crime Prevention Week
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) — Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez joined officials from the Philippine National Police, the Department of Interior and Local Government and other local dignitaries for the kickoff program of the 25th National Crime Prevention Week held at the Robinsons North Mall on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
“Buhay Pahalagahan, Komunidad magtulungan, Krimen ay hadlangan” is the theme for this year’s celebration.
Mayor Romualdez in his speech during the event underscored the important contribution of each stakeholder in ensuring that communities stay crime-free and peaceful.
To formally commence the NCPW celebration, the officials present simultaneously blew whistles during the event.
The celebration of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) every first week of September is according to Presidential Proclamation No. 461 signed by then-President Fidel Ramos on August 31, 1994.
The proclamation states that the observance hopes to generate awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of crime prevention and encourage interest and the participation of the general public.
All government agencies and other government functionaries are encouraged to develop and implement projects and activities that focus on prevention and combating criminality as part of the annual celebration.
Local NCPW activities include the SK Federation Summit and Seminar on Crime Prevention (September 4 and 5), and the NCPW Caravan at the Robinsons North Mall (September 1 to 5).
Meantime, Tacloban City has one of the lowest crime incidences among the different cities in Region 8. In the past six months (January to June 2019), the Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) has recorded 171 Index Crimes and 676 non-index crimes. Index crimes include crimes against persons and property, while non-index crimes include reckless imprudence and violation of special laws, among others. The TCPO also posted a crime clearance efficiency of more than 94 percent, higher than last year’s 85.40 percent.
The low incidence of crime makes Tacloban a consistent passer in the Local Governance assessment area of Peace and Order under the Seal of Good Local Governance. – H. J. Roca/CIO
Photo: T. Canes/CMO