Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bohol notes up-trend 

in crimes in February

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 17, (PIA)--After months of slouch, crime volume in Bohol registered a slight uptrend of six more cases in February at 724 compared to the previous month which only had 718. 

Over the two months too, Bohol crime busters noted a 9 case increase in index crimes while non index crimes decreased by five, according to PCInspector Jeffrey Caballes, reporting for PSSUpt Dennis Agustin. 

But in all, Major Caballes reiterates that, unlike what it shows at face value, police pro-active operations significantly increased the crimes. 

He also pointed out that, in situations like proactive police, crimes may increase but it does not imply a disturbed society. 

In the same report, Camp Dagohoy statisticians pointed out that physical injury, robbery and theft still ranks the three most committed crimes in the police list. 

Physical injuries rank first with 40% of the crime pie at 170 cases, followed by theft at 33% or 143 cases while third is robbery at 64 cases getting 15% of the crime pie. 

Of the 170 physical injuries cases, Police major Caballes went on to show that 118 of these cases were vehicular accidents.

As PCInspector George Vale, City police chief ascribes the vehicular accidents to the proliferation of motorcycles which can easily be had.

Governor Edgar Chatto also pointed out that the smoother and better roads would lead into faster ride and thus, accident prone. 

Himself admitting he is probably the most travelled Boholano now, the governor also noted that he himself see many youngsters in the towns driving motorcycles, a d no one seems to mind them.

Apart from illegally driving without licenses and thus proper training on road safety, unlicensed drivers are one of the biggest reasons why physical injuries crime spiked, a PPOC report bared. (rac/PIABohol)

PPOC explores ways to 
lessen traffic violations 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 17, (PIA)--Clearly disturbed by the up-trending increase in vehicular accidents making up an ugly picture of Bohol crime situation, the Provincial Peace And Order Council (PPOC) stepped up to patch a hole in traffic enforcement in a bid to lessen rime volume here. 

At least, the council tackled three options to make the traffic enforcement teams focus on the task at hand. 

In the absence of deputation from the Land Transportation Office, police can still apprehend traffic violators and impound vehicles, but these had to be endorsed to the LTO soonest, suggests LTO chief Erwin Patalinghug. 

Or, as to PCInspector George Vale, they can still go on and apprehend and instead of using the national law, impose the local ordinances instead. 

National Police Commission however, through lawyer Olive Grace Hebron suggested joint police and LTO street teams so that as the police flags down violators, the LTO can immediately process file the violations. 

During its meeting at the Governor's Mansion Tuesday, council members pointed out that the suspension of the deputation of police officers for traffic duty brings about nasty consequences. 

Much of the traffic accidents which Tarsier 117 responds to involves unlicensed minors, unregistered vehicles and even intoxicated youngsters, according to Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio III. 

Even Governor Edgar Chatto, council chairman and who admits he is probably the most well travelled Boholano also reports seeing youngsters taking on the road and no police is stopping them. 

Police official members of the PPOC ascribe to the suspended deputation of traffic officers as largely the reason behind less enthusiasm from law enforcers to implement traffic violations. 

The Land Transportation Office chief Erwin Patalinghug confirms this as he relayed to the council LTO's holding in abeyance the issuance of temporary operators permit (TOP) to police officers for complaints received by their central office. 

Moreover, council members also agree to the idea that a possible study in aid of legislation on the matter at hand is in order. 

BM Cesar Tomas Lopez said he will lobby at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to initiate studies on the possibility of banning minors from buying liquors and of a mandatory alcohol and drug test for motorists involved in accidents as the authorities have traced alcohol and possible drug intoxication in several vehicular accidents. (rac/PIABohol)

BSP briefs AUDIO-Bohol on counterfeit 
bills, demonetization & clean note policy

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, March 17 (PIA) -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)-Cebu Regional Office in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency-Bohol conducted a briefing on counterfeit bills, demonetization and clean note policy to the members of the Association of United Development Information Officers in Bohol (AUDIO-Bohol) recently in Bohol.

BSP bank officer Hazel Arante presented to the information officers the different ways to determine fake bills.

Arante told AUDIO-Bohol members to familiarize themselves with the design, characteristics and distinct features of the bank notes.

“Look closer, feel and tilt” the peso bills you receive to check if these are genuine. For the look, it is simply checking out the security features of the notes,” Arante said.

Arante told the participants to check out the security thread if it’s present, and the embossed print on the note which has a rough texture.

“The notes have watermark or what people call the ‘anino’ in the left or right corner,” Arante added.

The P500 and P1,000 bill have the “optically variable device” ink or OVD that changes from red to green when tilted. The notes are made of 80 percent cotton and 20 percent abaca, so the paper feels soft but firm, Arante explained.

The genuine bills also have tiny but clearly printed and readable words “Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas” or “Central Bank of the Philippines” on the face or back of the note. Arante said anyone who gets a “doubtful” bill should surrender it to any bank.

The AUDIO-Bohol members were also reminded on the demonetization of the New Design Series (NDS) bills which will only be until December 31, 2015. 

“You can replace these bills into New Generation Series (NGS) until December 31 of next year,” Arante said.

The demonetization of the NDS will result in the circulation of a single currency series in the country – the NGC Series. The NGC banknotes which were issued on December 16, 2010 use new and enhanced security features to protect the safety of the public against counterfeiters. 

The information officers also learned the value of keeping the notes fit. “Do not put your bills into the coin purse, or write anything on them,” Arante said.

She also urged the information officers to comply with the Clean Note Policy so as to preserve the integrity of the Philippine currency.

Arante said that cash handlers should only release money fit for circulation instead of the dirty and crumpled ones. She cited the habit of most Filipinos to keep the “crisp” new bills while giving out those that are already unfit for circulation.

“Ayaw tago-i ang bag-o nga kwarta. Ang dunot ang tago-an aron i-deposito ug mailisan sa bangko. Ang bag-o ang ibayad aron ma-circulate sa tanan. (Don’t hoard the crisp bills instead keep the old dirty ones and have it changed at the bank. Use new bills for transactions for proper circulation) Make it a habit,” Arante urged information officers and media present during the forum held recently at Casa Rey Francis Pension House and Restaurant.

She said that since the Central Bank aims to uplift the economic development of the country, educating the Filipinos on how to properly use money that could add to its value and improve its financial position could contribute to elevating the financial status of the Philippines.

The provisions of the Clean Note Policy are based on the BSP Circular No. 61 Series of 1995 entitled "Consolidated Rules and Regulations on Currency Notes and Coins”.

In accordance with the “Currency Guide for Bank Tellers, Money Counters and Cash Custodians” prepared by the Cash Department of the BSP, Philippine bills are classified into two types such as clean or fit notes and dirty or unfit notes. 

Arante said that BSP is aggressively conducting ongoing educational campaign among local government units, academe, and the private sector to increase their awareness on the Clean Note Policy.

BSP will schedule visits in different municipalities this time in coordination with the information officers. (mbcn/ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

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