THE crime surge which was expected from the closure of Boracay Island did not happen. Well, at least for now.
One week after its closure, the Metro Boracay Police Task Force (MBPTF) reported that no major crime incident transpired in the island resort which is undergoing 6-month rehabilitation.
Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay, Jr., MBPTF commander and concurrent Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) deputy regional director for operations, said the rehabilitation works and delivery of social services went smoothly.
Cambay said their actions had the supervision not only from PRO-6 hierarchy bur from the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO) and even the AFP Central Command.
Also, “the crime environment is manageable. In fact, we only recorded two theft incidents in a week,” he added.
Other crimes incidents recorded in the island are not part of the PNP’s eight focus crimes or index crimes such as murder, homicide, theft, robbery, physical injuries, carnapping, motorcycle theft, and rape.
But the relative peace in the island is not a reason for authorities to scale back their forces, Cambay said.
A total of 630 police personnel were deployed to secure Boracay during the closure. PRO-6 sent 158 cops while the remaining officers are from the MBTF and the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC).
The Philippine Army’s 301st Infantry Brigade deployed 200 soldiers.
“We would not be shifting our focus from public order to anti-criminality campaign,” Cambay said.
The PNP and other law-enforcement agencies have also been actively participating in other rehabilitation efforts like clean-up drive.