CEBU CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) -- For the first week of September, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) along with its partner agencies observed Crime Prevention Week with the theme: "Buhay Pahalagahan, Komunidad Magtulungan, Krimen Hadlangan."
This is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 461 signed by President Fidel Ramos in the year 1994.
The week-long celebration will have a series of nationwide activities such as school visits, drug symposiums in schools, outreach programs and more.
In the weekly Association of Government Information Officers Forum (AGIO-PIA7 Forum), Atty. Risty Sibay, Technical Services Division Chief of NAPOLCOM, encouraged the public to observe crime prevention on a daily basis.
"This is a nationwide activity geared towards letting the public be aware of their role of towards crime prevention," Sibay said.
"We really want to encourage everyone not only the national government agencies but as well as the different members of the community to help us in our peace and order campaign," he added.
Sibay said part of NAPOLCOM's duties is to orient the members of the Philippine National Police together with other stakeholders about the role in the community and service of all citizens.
Moreover, within the week, Sibay added that they will be recognizing some policemen, local government units and local chief executives for their exemplary efforts in achieving peace and order.
Sibay explained that in order to achieve economic development, people should support and observe the rule of law for a better peace and order situation in the country.
Meanwhile, Team Leader of the Lapulapu City and Airport Interdiction Unit of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-7) Ivy Claire Oledan emphasized that there should be a concerted effort among the government and the public because crime is the society's problem and not just of law enforcement bodies.
"We do not wait to be victims, so we have to help and
we have to play our roles in our goal to have peace and order in our country," she urged.
Public Information Officer of Police Regional Office 7, Police Lieutenant Colonel Maria Aurora Rayos, said the mission of the police forces is to prevent crimes and find solutions.
Rayos added that people should be extra cautious in displaying their expensive items in public to avoid inviting criminal acts. (fan/pia7)