Baguio City, Philippines – The low crime rate in some parts of the Cordillera that resulted in the 12 local government units achieving “peaceful” titles is attributed not only to police accomplishments but also to the community, especially the elders’ efforts.
Earlier, Apayao province and 11 towns in the region were recognized as the most peaceful areas for recording low-focused crimes in 2022.
Also known as index crimes, focused crimes consist of murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, and carnapping of vehicles and motorcycles. Apayao only logged 32 focused crimes last year.
Meanwhile, Tubo in Abra was adjudged as the most peaceful town for having no single crime reported categorized as a focused crime in the same year. Bucloc and Daguioman, also in Abra, both made it to the peaceful municipality list.
The Police Regional Office – Cordillera likewise acknowledged Boliney, Luba, and Tineg, in Abra for sustaining zero records of such crimes from 2018 to 2022.
Besao, Barlig, and Natonin, all in Mt. Province including Kabayan, Benguet were further hailed by Cordillera police for registering zero focus crimes in 2022.
While he commended the police personnel and police units for their accomplishment, Regional Director of PROCOR, PBGEN Mafelino Bazar said low crimes in the region are also attributed to the practices and beliefs of Cordillerans who distaste offenders.
“We also have to recognize police units and the local government units that recorded low crime incidents included in the focused crimes because it would reflect on the peace and order situation of the area,” said Bazar in his interview with the government’s news agency.
He added that the practice of community elders in settling disputes thus preventing argument escalation is a great contributory factor in maintaining peace in the region.
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