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Ilocos Norte crime rate down by 30%

by PGIN-CMO

Apr. 28, 2017 ...

With the strong partnership between the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN), the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO), and the Ilocano community, crime rate in the province has fallen by 30% from 2016 to this period of 2017.

Police Senior Superintendent Jose Melencio Nartatez, Jr., provincial director, pointed out also how crime rate had already decreased from 2015 to 2016.

With 1,500 reported index crimes in 2015, the figure dropped to 600 at the end of 2016, indicating a 60% drop.

These were "through the efforts of our dear policemen, who perform their call of duty, and through this we've become more worthy of good graphical records on crime prevention," said Nartatez.

He also stated, "Our greatest battle is the battle in courts, not just one streets," in regards to claims that police personnel have been involved in the alleged extrajudicial killings throughout the country.

"We value human rights more than ourselves or anybody else."

Nartatez further lauded how Governor Imee R. Marcos and PGIN "have been very supportive and proactive in ensuring peace and order."

According to Governor Marcos, "Peace and order are the first requisite of development."

She expressed, "Maraming-maraming salamat mula sa aming lahat, mga public servant at opisyal ng Ilocos Norte at lahat ng taumbayang umaasa sa tapang, talino, at husay ng ating kapulisan!"

Governor Marcos had been recognized last year by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the country's most outstanding governor, particularly for efforts against illegal drugs.

For the year 2017, INPPO hopes to continue "intensifying prevention of street crimes, further enhancing investigative solutions, arresting illegal drugs and loose firearms, and strengthening our capability enhancement program."