Cat’nes records lowest “focus crime” volume in Bicol during election period
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Among the six Bicol provinces, the island recorded the lowest number of incidents during the recent election period as far as eight “focus crimes” were concerned, the Catanduanes Police Provincial Office proudly reported last week.

The January to May 2019 index crime volume covering murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, carnapping, and stealing of motorcycles totaled only 50 incidents, or a decline of 41 cases or 45 percent from the 161 incidents recorded during the same period in 2016, PNP provincial director Col. Paul Abay disclosed.

The 2019 campaign period’s focus crimes likewise represents a decrease of 86.3 percent compared to the 366 total in 2013.

Here’s how the police provincial offices and Naga City police office fared in the anti-crime campaign during the recent election period:

POLICE OFFICE

Jan-May 2013

Jan-May 2016

Jan-May 2019

% Reduction from 2016

Albay

2,223

642

301

-53%

Camarines Norte

732

356

79

-77.8%

Camarines Sur

2,645

1,245

552

-55.7%

Catanduanes

366

161

50

-45%

Masbate

1,319

402

228

-43.3%

Naga City

1,033

163

88

-54%

Sorsogon

585

1,078

270

-75%

PD Abay attributed the decline in the index crime volume in the province during the period to the active involvement of the stakeholders in the  anti-crime campaign and the extensive crime prevention and solution interventions conducted by the local police.

Meanwhile, the Catanduanes PPO’s sustained campaign for Oplan Katok resulted in the highest number of surrendered firearms among the six Bicol provinces during the election period.

Under Oplan Katok of the PNP, authorities go on a house-to-house visitation to persuade firearm holders with expired firearms licenses to have their guns surrendered for safekeeping purposes pending the renewal of their firearm license,  License to Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF) and Permit To Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR). Under the law, a firearm with an expired license or permit automatically becomes a loose firearm.

With the concerted efforts of the 11 municipal police stations, the Catanduanes police under Col. Abay has accounted for 139 firearms surrendered by their owners during the implementation of COMELEC gun ban from January 13, 2019 - June 12, 2019.

Second in rank in said accomplishment is Albay PPO with 133 surrendered loose firearms for same period, followed by Camarines Norte with 93, Masbate with 54, Camarines Sur with 44, Sorsogon with 29 and Naga City with 19.

The Catanduanes police has encouraged the surrender of loose firearms and responsible gun ownership in various fora.

Just last week, two loose guns were given up by their owners to the Panganiban and Bato police under Oplan Katok.

At 11:15 A.M. of June 26, 2019, a retired PNP member voluntarily surrendered a Cal. 45 Llama Max ll pistol with SN No. 07-04-06987-98 and a magazine without ammunition to Panganiban MPS.

The day before, at 5:48 P.M. of June 25, a Cal. 45 Armscor pistol and a steel magazine with expired license were also given up to Virac MPS. The firearms and accessories were turned over for safekeeping pending renewal of the required licenses.

Meanwhile, Team Catanduanes bagged awards, including the championship among city and municipal police offices, during the 1st P/BGen. Atty. Arnel B. Escobal Shooting Competition held at Camp BGen Simeon A. Ola Firing Range in Legazpi City, Albay last June 21-23, 2019.

More than 200 law enforcers from the different Police Provincial Offices, 1st and 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Companies, City and Municipal Police Stations of capital towns, Division Offices of PRO5 and civilian gun enthusiasts participated in the shootfest aimed at sustaining and improving the shooting competency of local police officers and gun enthusiasts, strengthening the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship among gun owners, and encouraging responsible gun use and ownership.

Team Catanduanes, composed of PMaj Bon Billy Timuat as team leader, and members PCpl Francis Allen Millendez, PCpl Shalimarie Millendez, Pat John Clarence Israel and Pat Herminigildo Alberto IV, showed their competitive shooting prowess that enabled the team to grab 4th runner-up in the Overall Team Award during the event.

The Virac MPS emerged champion in Team City Police Station/Municipal Police Station Level while PCpl Shalimarie Millendez was 1st runner-up in the Lady Shooter Division.


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