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Metro crime significantly reduced — Estomo

December 5, 2022 Alfred P. Dalizon 265 views

EstomoCRIME rate in Metro Manila significantly went down since last September amid the National Capital Region Police Office’s (NCRPO) intensified anti-criminality campaign and the full support they are getting from the community and local government units, said NCRPO director, Brigadier General Jonnel C. Estomo.

Estomo bared that from 662 focus crimes in September, the number dipped to 601 in October and again down to 545 last November. Overall, the NCRPO recorded 1,146 focus crimes during the past three months.

Focus crimes include homicide, physical injury, robbery, theft, vehicle theft, motorcycle theft and rape. Non-index crimes refer to all other illegal acts including violation of special laws or local ordinances.

Brig. Gen. Estomo said their records will show that the number of murder cases recorded in Metro Manila went down to 25 cases last November compared to the 45 incidents in November 2021.

During the same comparative month, the NCRPO likewise recorded the following: 22 homicide to 15 cases; 61 physical injury cases to 51; 85 rape cases to 68; 123 robbery incidents to 88; 273 theft incidents to 262; 17 incidents of motor vehicle theft to 5; and 32 cases of motorcycle theft to 30.

The reduction in major crimes in the metropolis came amid the NCRPOโ€™s launching of its S.A.F.E. program which is short for a police force that is โ€˜Seen, Appreciated and Felt by the public thru its Extraordinary Deeds.

โ€œWe do not only give credit to our men for their unwavering efforts on this noteworthy accomplishments but we also appreciate the trust and confidence of the public through their support and cooperation on the programs of the PNP particularly in the fight against all forms of criminality,โ€ Brig. Gen. Estomo said.

The NCRPO chief has aired the full commitment of the NCRPO to ensure the protection of metropolitan residents and visitors 24/7 thru their โ€˜S.A.F.E. program.

“SAFE NCRPO, a police organization that is Seen, Appreciated, Felt, and Extraordinary by the community we serve and protect through our extraordinary deed. I am hopeful that we can work together in ensuring the success of our anti-criminality and peacekeeping campaigns and help contribute to the transformation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the quest to become a highly capable, effective, and credible police organization. One that enjoins confidence, trust and respect of the people we serve and protect,” Estomo said.

The official also underscored their commitment to uphold the rule of law at all times as ordered by President Ferdinand โ€˜Bongbongโ€™ R. Marcos Jr. and PNP chief, General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr.

โ€œWe will remain steadfast in our fight against criminality, especially against illegal drugs, but as such as we expect our best effort to eliminate crime, we must do so with a high standard for human rights, even of those who criminalize themselves,โ€ he said.

The member of Philippine Military Academy โ€˜Tanglaw Diwaโ€™ Class of 1992 used to be a long-time director of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group before becoming a Police Regional Office 5 director in Bicol region last year. He assumed the top NCRPO post last August.

Brig. Gen. Estomo has supervision over the Manila Police District (MPD) headed by Brig. Gen. Andre P. Dizon; Quezon City Police District (QCPD) under Brig. Gen. Nicolas D. Torre III; Northern Police District (NPD) headed by Colonel Ponce Rogelio Peรฑones Jr., Eastern Police District (EPD) under Col. Wilson D. Asueta and Southern Police District (SPD)headed by Brig. Gen. Kirby John B. Kraft.

The NCRPO chief also recently led the soft launching of the S.A.F.E. NCRPO Alert App, which he said will help the public immediately report any crime or emergency situation taking place in their area via mobile phone.

The official described the system as their โ€œtoolโ€ to have a more effective and quick system of reporting any crime or problem that requires the help of the Metro Manila police force while the situation is currently happening.

The real-time reporting will also gauge the effectiveness of concerned police stations and other units in responding quickly to the alert.

Brig. Gen. Estomo said the S.A.F.E NCRPO App Alert mobile application is an alert server that will be monitored by their Tactical Operation.

โ€œIn just a touch of a finger in the mobile or cellular phone, the app will provide an alert to the command center, which will be immediately conveyed by the personnel on duty to the nearest police patrolling in the area under their jurisdiction. The police response clock is indeed shortened and real-time,โ€ he explained.

Likewise, the mobile application is not dependent on an Internet connection, the NCRPO chief said.

In the absence of an Internet signal, alerts will be relayed through Short Messaging System (SMS) or text signal. Moreover, the application is compatible with the unlimited text load of the different telcos.

Brig. Gen. Estomo said the project is in accordance with the โ€œKasimbayananโ€ program of Gen. Azurin which aims to further enhance the partnership between the police force, the Church and the community.

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