Cagayan de Oro is still safe despite the successive occurrences of crime-Calizo


“DESPITE the (reported) perpetration of crimes in the city, we should still show not only to the region but to the rest of the nation as well that Cagayan de Oro is still safe, our authorities are working and we are working together.”

This was stressed by Councilor Romeo V. Calizo, chair of the City Council committee on public order and safety, in reaction to the special report of Councilors Roger G. Abaday and Malvern A. Esparcia on Monday relative to the successive crime incidence in the city.

Though the city still has the lowest crime incidence compared to other highly urbanized cities in the region as reported by the city’s police force to the city mayor, this should not be a reason for the city not to take hard and appropriate action, he cited.

The councilor said all suggestions will be brought to the committee as it is the best venue where they could provide the best inputs not only in aid of legislation but also to support the law enforcement of the police and other members of the security sector.

Calizo said apart from suggestions on training, equipping and other concepts, facets of enforcement especially on the aspect of intelligence should also be considered as the most tedious work for men in uniform.

Given a good reference, operations can be done at the most in five minutes and some missions may be accomplished in just a few seconds. But intelligence work is very tedious, the councilor explained.

While the composition of the City Peace and Order Council is not yet completed, Calizo said he already scheduled a meeting with the members of the security cluster on July 27.

“I’ll be grateful and appreciative to my colleagues if you attend the meeting. I’d like to seek your help so that we can do the best for the security of Cagayan de Oro. In the meantime, may we request everybody not to create a picture of a monster here in Cagayan de Oro. There is nothing to be afraid of here. Our law enforcement (and) justice system is ongoing. I’m sure our legal experts here are aware of this,” Calizo assured. (SP/JAOclarit)