Dumaguete City is still a city of gentle people, contrary to claims that it has become a haven for criminal elements.
Gov. Roel Degamo made the statement before the 34th council meeting of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines Negros Oriental-Siquijor Council.
Degamo said his office is closely coordinating with local government units and law enforcement agencies to make sure efforts to maintain peace are sustained, and the police has been instructed to dig deeper into the motives for recent crimes.
He said the provincial government has earmarked P200,000 as additional reward money for the identification and arrest of the killers of lawyer Archer Baldwin Martinez.
He said it is unfair to criticize local executives of doing nothing against the proliferation of petty crimes like in Dumaguete, because they are doing all they can to maintain peace and order.
He cited actions undertaken by Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria such as requesting for additional police personnel, additional patrol cars, formation of the auxiliary police, organizing the intelligence network in the barangay level, among others.
He also cited that the reward system was approved in 2005, but there was a problem about its validity, and that an ordinance extending additional allowance for barangay tanods was also approved, and a proposed ordinance to install CCTV cameras in public places is pending.
Degamo urged concerned Dumagueteños, former local chief executives, and Negrenses to unite in preventing crimes, instead of criticizing and fault-finding which he said are very unproductive.*JG
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