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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Thursday, May 07, 2020
Because of the vigilance of barangay officials and purok leaders, crime rate in Cebu Province has dropped by 70%, according to the report of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7. (Junjie Mendoza)

Owing mostly to the vigilance in the barangay level and even down to sub-villages called ‘sitios’ and ‘puroks,’ an enormous drop was noted in the crime rate in the Province of Cebu, at 70 percent.

According to a report by Police Regional Office 7 Director Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro during a meeting of the Provincial Task Force New Normal last May 5, crime incidents have gone down because of the various initiatives on security in the barangay level.

With this development, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia in her regular livestream report on “Sugbo News,” congratulated the 1,063 barangays of Cebu Province’s 44 towns and seven component cities (Talisay, Toledo, Carcar, Naga, Danao, Bogo, and Mandaue).

“Mahimo man gyud diay. For the first time. Dugay na ni natong gipangandoy. Gani nag-set up na ta ani nga structure. Duna na tay barangay tanod, duna tay purok leaders, nga ang structure makatabang sa peace and order. Karon ato na nang nakita,” she added. (Now we see that it can be done. We have long set up these structures, and we are looking at results of their impact on peace and order.) 

As of now, barriers are being placed at the sitio level, with logbooks on people who enter their areas. The barangays are doing extensive monitoring on new arrivals within their territories, and place them as persons under monitoring.

 “Wala’y nakagusto aning nahitabo nato kay labihang kuyawa ning atong kontra dili nato makita. Apan makaingon ta nga duna say maayo nga consequence, mga nindot nga resulta. Naay miingon nga mas daghan na tag panahon alang sa pamilya. Ug tungod sa vigilance nakatabang ni sa pagpakunhod sa kriminalidad,” she also said.

“So magpasalamat gyud ko og dako sa tanang barangay kapitanes ug mga purok leaders sa atong 1,063 ka barangay sa Probinsya sa Sugbo,” the governor said.

In a vigilant measure of the Municipality of Ronda, Mayor Terence Blanco communicated with the governor on how the remains of a person went past checkpoints easily ahead of the schedule stipulated on a certification issued by the Province.

“Kana man gud atong certification ihatag anang patay nga lawas nga iuli sa Probinsya kay good for that day lang, mao nang gi-raise ni Mayor Blanco nganong nakalusot sa checkpoints,” the governor pointed out.

Garcia met with Cebu Provincial Police Office chief Col. Roderick Mariano and Philippine Army chief Col. Jerry Borja to prevent another incident.

She also informed them of people smuggled recently into Barangay Butong, Pinamungajan by a cook of a militaryman. Lucresia Rambo, 50; Jerald Rambo, 28; John Gilbert Rambo, 26; Reo Alviso, 22; Gay Ann Rambo, 21, and two minors arrived in Butong together with Felix Rambo who works as a cook in Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City. They are now considered persons under monitoring in Pinamungajan.

The governor called on stringent measures to monitor the smuggling in of people since they can be possible carriers of the dreaded Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

As of May 6, the number of positive cases in the entire Cebu Island reached 122 distributed in the following places: Cebu City – 108 (Barangay Mambaling), Lapu-Lapu City – four cases (Barangays Pusok, Ibo, and Agus); and Mandaue City – three cases (Barangays Mantuyong and Opao), and none for Cebu Province.

The figures bring the running total to 1,556 cases distributed in the following places: 28 in Cebu Province and seven at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC); 1,385 in Cebu City; 43 in Lapu-Lapu City, and 93 in Mandaue City. Separate count of cases reported four health workers and 17 repatriated overseas foreign workers also found earlier to be Covid-19 positive. (Eleanor Valeros)