AT THE end of the day, a policeman just needs to focus on the core business of policing.
“And that is to reduce crimes in your area,” said newly-installed Western Visayas police director, Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag.
In a command conference attended by police field commanders all over Region 6 on May 18, 2017, Binag said he will not fault anyone if theft cases are increasing.
“However, I would fault you if you can’t explain why and you have done nothing about it,” he added.
He specifically mentioned Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan and Passi City, Iloilo.
In the case of Boracay Island, Binag said there was an increase of theft incidents which victimized tourists.
The spike in theft cases coincided with the 40 percent increase in tourist arrivals in 2016.
In Iloilo province, Passi City became a concern after it was noted that a number of theft suspects were minors.
What the Passi City PNP led by Superintendent Ruby Gumban did was to come up with the analysis why theft cases happened.
She enlisted the help of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office and other stakeholders on ways to end crime against properties, especially those committed by minors.
“What I’m saying is there is a science behind this. Pinag-aaralan ang mga bagay na ito. Hindi bara-bara,” Binag said.
As to Boracay Island, Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) chief Senior Inspector Jess Baylon said that the current number of BTAC personnel might not be enough to address the higher volume of tourist arrival in the island.
“They need more people and that’s where the regional office comes in,” Binag said.
In going back to core business of policing, Binag also told field commanders to give emphasis on focus crimes like robbery hold-up, theft, physical injuries, and murder.