Police Regional Office 6 (Western Visayas) PRO 6 director John C. Bulalacao says Western Visayas remains one of the peaceful regions in the country. (Photo by Ma. Lorena E. Estanque)
ILOILO CITY -- Western Visayas is still one of the country’s peaceful and orderly regions, the regional police chief said, as he cited their accomplishments last year during the traditional New Year’s call on Wednesday.
“PRO-6 (Police Regional Office 6 [Western Visayas]) finished strong, proud and united after having accomplished the mission of maintaining the peace, order, security in this part of the country. PRO-6 prevailed while we have a number of criminality, insurgency, terrorism, and other threats, including issues in internal discipline. PRO-6 lived up to its mandates and expectations of the public,” Chief Supt. John C. Bulalacao, PRO-6 director, said.
Bulalacao said the region last year was spared from high-profile crimes, kidnap-for-ransom, bank robbery, and terrorist bombing.
He said index crimes dropped by 52 percent in 2018 while non-index crimes decreased by 38 percent when compared to figures in the previous year. Index crimes are crimes against person and property while non-index crimes are violations of special laws.
The crime clearance efficiency and crime solution efficiency increased as well.
Bulalacao attributed the success to strengthened law enforcement operations, efficient internal cleansing, and a boost in the morale of police personnel and the support and trust of the community.
“They fought with us against illegal drugs. They stood beside us in the campaign against illegal gambling. They heeded our call to surrender their loose firearms. They showed us their generosity in order to accomplish our goals. Thank you for your unwavering support,” he stated.
With the gains in 2018, Bulalacao said there is a new set of challenges that they have to hurdle this year, among them the construction of the Jalaur mega dam project, the upcoming May elections, the re-opening of Boracay Island, and the starting rounds for different festivities.
He, however, exuded confidence that PRO-6 will make a new record this year.
“When it comes to performance, it is a race without a finish line. There is no other way but up. Up which spells UP, U for unwavering and P for performance. If we broke records last year, we must break new records this year and I am confident that we can do it. We can do more,” he said. (Estanque/PNA)