Monday, March 19, 2012

CV crimes continues 
its downtrend spiral 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 17, 2012, (PIA) – Total crime volume in Central Visayas continues to spiral in 2012 based on a beginning of the year consecutive tally for 2010 to 2012. 

And as to crime rate averages on a per month basis, Region 7 also finds a down trend at 4 in 2010, to 30 in 2011 to 26 in 2012, data from the police regional office bared. 

But, despite these apparent victories in crime busting, only Bohol finds an increase in monthly crimes rate among all areas in the region. Bohol had 16 monthly crime rate in 2011 which rose to 19 in 2012. 

According to data from the Regional Police Office 7 as presented during the Regional peace and Order Council Meeting held in Larena Siquijor Last March 15, all areas in the region except Bohol recorded decreased monthly crime rates. 

Biggest winner in the region is Siquijor (23 crimes in 2011 to 9 in 2012), Cebu City (73-58), Negros Oriental (25-17) and similar down trends noted in Cebu province, Lapulapu and Mandaue Cities. 

All over the region, crimes in January to February of 2011 decreased significantly by 26.8% compared to its previous year’s record. 

On the other hand, regional police statisticians note total crime volumes for the same period in 2012 dip down further at a 13% compared to the crimes recorded in 2011. 

Central Visayas tallied a total crime volume of 5825 in 2010, which dropped to 4265 in 2011. Moreover, police authorities noted the same downtrend in the first two months of 2012 with 3704 crimes. 

In the region, Cebu City topped crime volume tally for the beginning months in 2012, with 1137, followed by Cebu province with 960. 

Bohol ranks third with 518 total crime volume and a close fourth is Negros Oriental with 471 crimes. 

Lapulapu City pegged in 310 while Mandaue City had 290 crime volume in the beginning months of 2012 

Best performer among provinces is still Siquijor with only 18 total crimes recorded. 

Across Visayas, as to types of crimes, theft still ranks on top with 1176 case or 47.57% of the total crime pie on the index crimes watchlist. 

Robbery in the region ranked second among index crimes recorded with 608 or 24.08% of the total crimes in a chart also containing physical injuries, murder, car-napping, homicide, rape and cattle rustling as entries. 

But even then, PRO-7 said continued intensified implementation of Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS), vigorous intelligence monitoring, deployment of personnel in strategic places at proper time based on crime map, crime clock, and crime days resulted to the arrest of several suspects including those responsible for the drive by shooting incidents, robberies and murder particularly in Cebu City area of responsibility. 

It also acknowledged the active partnership and full support from the local government and other stakeholders to the police as crucial in helping maintain the peace and order situation at manageable levels. 

Finally, the police authorities here assessed Central Visayas as still one of the most desirable places to live, work, invest and do business in. (30)

DENR asks LMP support 
To LGU-led land titling 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

CORTES, Bohol, March 17, 2012, (PIA) – Unknown to many local governments, there is a mother lode of cash resources it can tap, with just a bit of investments in land titling. 

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Nestor Canda told League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP Bohol Chapter) members that around 100,000 lots in Bohol have been parceled and most of them are untitled. 

In fact, he went on to say that several of the untitled lots are actually residential and sits right in the heart of towns. 

Untitled lots are sure reasons for low economic activity, the PENRO said. 

Canda based his reasoning on the fact that untitled lots can not be made loan collaterals, and so there would be fewer investments, which means slower economic growth which also brings down job creation opportunities. 

For towns that do not usually get the most revenues from untitled lots, there is poor tax collection resulting to tax arrears, which deal stiff budget constraints for LGUs, he reminded mayors who were gathered for their monthly meeting at the Jjs Seafoods Village March 15. 

The situation also breeds poor social services, which brings in more poverty issues, not to mention conflict between and among family heirs, clans and neighbors squabbling over boundaries, he shared. 

Campaigning for support to the government land titling program, Canda said World Bank Land funded Administration Management Project (LAMP 1 and 2) has been terminated but the DENR has seen possible funding from the Comprehensive Agrarian reform Program funds which ends in 2014. 

In its LAMP heydays, Bohol distinguished herself with the biggest number of distributed land titles and more than that, its learnings in putting up LGU-led land titling has in fact become a national template, reveals Glicerita Racho, information officer of the DENR CENRO. 

Speaking at the weekly Kapihan sa PIA aired live over DyTR, Racho said Maribojoc-led land Titling earned the Galing Pook Award for innovation. 

While DENR is mandated to process through sporadic land titling even beyond LAMP, Racho also said LGU led land titling programs works out better because, aside from LGUS tend to gain most from titling and land information, they also have most of the land information stored at its Municipal Assessor’s Office. 

She also pointed out that most LGU concerns are land related: real property tax, business and building permits, natural resource share, solid waste management, urban development and housing as well as environmental protection. 

Just think of how many conflicts can be resolved in issuing land titles, asks Canda. 

A titled issued to a persons who has been residing on a parcel of land assigns him to the lot forever and motivates him to religiously pay for the lot which he can claim as his own. 

Then, with a titled lot, he can begin to think of its development and this constitutes a step towards economic development, Canda explains.

With Comprehensive Agrarian Reform program funds usable for the program until 2014, Canda then steps up his pitch with the mayors with his explanation of the Department Administrative Order 2011-06 which prescribes the guidelines for LGU-led Public land titling. 

Under RA 10023, DENR has been tasked to accept applications, process and approve or adjudicate untitled public alienable and disposable lands. 

Seeing the need to improve land administration at the local levels, he DENR then engages LGUS to participate in the program while dangling technical assistance in the onset of locally facilitating land titling in the LGUs jurisdiction. 

With a string of assistance services in the facilitation of the mandate on land titling, DENR stakes a partnership role with LGU partners by urging mayors to craft an executive order creating a local titling program, an office and an adjudication team. 

Such entails LGU provision of manpower and resources, the setting up of a Land Information Office which is tasked to facilitate information exchange and the creation of the Cadastral Council. 

The LGUS are also required to name a permanent local government official to the position as Deputy Public Land Inspector whose appointment is to be concurred by the DENR. 

The same LGU responsibilities are inset in a Department of interior and Local Government MC 2011-117 signed by secretary Jesse Robredo. (30)

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