INPPO: IN 'generally peaceful' in 1st half of 2019Jun 24, 2019
Updating peace and order status in the province, the Ilocos Norte Provincial Police Office (INPPO) reported that Ilocos Norte is "generally peaceful" during the second quarter joint meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall last June 21.
Provincial Police Director, PSSupt. Cesar Pasiwen, further rated the conduct of the previous midterm polls as "generally peaceful."
According to PSSupt. Pasiwen, last May 13, 900 police officials were stationed in voting centers to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the elections.
However, minor election violation cases were recorded, particularly, the violation of liquor ban in Laoag City, and in the municipalities of Nueva Era, Piddig, and San Nicolas.
Under the special events security management, INPPO proudly shared that the "zero crime against tourists" status is consistent over the past six months. Moreover, Ilocos Norte continues to be insurgency-free for seven years now.
Despite peace and order measures, crime volume from January 1 to June 15 this year has increased by 11% compared to the data from last year. There is a 17% increase in non-index crime while data for index crime dropped by 32%. Index crimes involves crimes against person such as murder, homicide, physical injury, and rape, and crimes against property such as robbery, theft, and carnapping/carjacking.
Relevant to frequent road accidents being reported in previous months, vehicular or traffic accidents increased by 31%. Cited causes are drunk driving, human error, lack of skills, and lack of road signages, among others.
Meanwhile, the drug clearing operations conducted from January to May, PADAC has cleared 286 barangays out of the 522 affected barangays. During the operations, 28 drug personalities and five high-value targets were arrested.
PADAC declared Ilocos Norte as 100% "drug-cleared" last March, however, roughly 239 barangays are still under validation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Overall, Vice Governor and 2nd District Representative-elect Angelo Marcos Barba commended the collaborative efforts of the councils in maintaining peace and security in the province.