September 29, 2023

To help deter crimes, the local government of Bokod, Benguet is working on the installation of close circuit television cameras (CCTVs) in strategic locations in the municipality.
Mayor Thomas Wales late last year said the installation of CCTVs in strategic locations along the town’s thoroughfares is one of the local government’s ways of helping the local police ensure peace and order in the town.
Among the areas eyed for the installation of CCTVs, according to Wales, are Gurel, Sombrero, and Ambangeg.
During the community validation conducted by the Benguet Provincial Police Office Technical Working Group (TWG) in Bokod late last year, residents have aired concerns about the presence of ambulant vendors, who are mostly from other places, roaming the municipality.
To help deter crimes that may be perpetrated by unscrupulous vendors, Wales asked barangays officials to police their own ranks and report unusual activities that they observe in their areas of jurisdiction.
He said the barangays are the frontliners in ensuring that their communities are safe from untoward incidents that may be brought by the increasing number of ambulant vendors in the municipality.
He added while the local police are doing their best in securing the town, barangay officials should also monitor unusual events and report them to authorities.
The local government has also asked the police to enhance their visibility in populated areas and in the schools.
Councilor Erik Ignacio said the LGU is supportive of the programs of the police and that they are cognizant of the challenges faced by men and women in uniform.
“We recognize that they are doing their best to conduct patrols in every barangay, but they are challenged by the fact that our barangays are isolated,” Ignacio said.
He added the local police have been aggressive in their information, education, and communication campaigns on crime prevention, among other programs.
The local officials assured their support to the police.
Ignacio said this year, the town has allotted P745,000 for the fuel needs of the local police.
“We know that the amount is meager, but we will provide for them if they need more funds,” he said.
Among the incidents the local police usually respond to are vehicular traffic accidents and reports on illegal logging. – Jane B. Cadalig