Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tagbilaran City firms up 
peace and security arm

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 6 (PIA) --Slowly but surely, Tagbilaran City is arming its police officers, especially in the onset of gun wielding criminals and drug personalities. 

From the national government, city crime busters are provided with 51 brand New Glock 9MM handguns, Mayor John Geesnell Yap bared during his State of the City Address last week. 

The 51 brand new handguns is also complemented by the city government sourced out M4 rifles, about 10 new units have been added to its armory inventory, the mayor announced too. 

The announcement drew a considerable applause from a satisfied crowd of city hall supporters and local government officials attending the mayor's second SOCA after assuming power. 

Already admitting shortage of police warm bodies just as Tagbilaran City continues to attract migrants, local officials led by Mayor Yap admit crime fighting has never been more challenging and he has pushed for an ingenious solution to the problem.

Already sending the formal request to the Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership for more police officers considering the bloated population to police ratio, Mayor Yap firms up his Active Local Emergency Response Team (ALERT) as police force multipliers in the mean time.

The mayor said around 500 ALERT personnel are now helping police secure the city's 15 barangays from criminal elements. 

City police chief and newly promoted Police Supt George Vale insists crimes can be minimized with the conduct of regular foot and mobile patrols, rigid implementation of police check points all over the city and the deployment of ALERT members. 

For its visibility and capacity in pursuing motorcycle riding criminals or those riding in tandem teams, the city police recently had three brand new motorcycle units for its innovative Motorcycle Anti-Street Crime Operatives (MASCO). 

Capping police capability and visibility are two new police patrol vehicles which the mayor also turned over shortly before the SOCA. 

The city has just implemented no-nonsense business and real property tax campaign, generating a whooping Php202,960,857.60 increase in local income during the 1st 2 years of the mayors term, sources at the mayors office said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Missing "security threads"
end up in counterfeit bills 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol July 6 (PIA)--Over the mysterious disappearance of the security thread feature of genuine banknotes, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) now thinks every missing security thread turns into an asset for counterfeiters. 

The BSP has noticed that many of the small denomination bank notes have lost a security feature in the security thread, a plastic strip with black prints imbedded through the bill, and it took the government authorities a long time to figure out why. 

Their baffling question as to where goes the threads is now answered as BSP have finally pieced together a counterfeiting syndicate that uses security threads from smaller denominations to embellish fake money, in an effort to secure a feature that a legal tender has to sport, according to Atty. Leonides Sumbi of the BSP Visayas. 

The stripping of security threads have been noted, according to the BSP who added that banknotes without security threads can be deemed without value, adds Hazel Arante, BSP information officer. 

Stripped security threads from the old P5, P10 and P20 are now being used by counterfeiters to embellish bigger denominations, especially P1000, BSP hinted adding that some money appraisers only look for the security thread being a visible indicator of real money. 

It's always huge denominations that are copied in fake, BSP hinted. 

The technology and printing nearest to the security features of real money costs a sizable amount so that chances are, it is the bigger denominations that are counterfeited, BSP noted. 

At this, the money authority in the country also shared that other than the security thread, people must also check in the watermarks, security fibers, iridescent band, embossed prints, serial number, see through marks, concealed value, optically variable ink, micro printing and fluorescent features in determining genuine banknotes. 

In fact, BSP also noted that the new generation currency uses abaca fiber and the paper texture and embossed prints can be felt. 

BSP's Atty Sumbi also said other than feeling for the banknote, everyone must check for the watermarks, security fibers and threads, fine line prints and see-through marks, while by tilting the paper, the concealed value would be revealed, while changing of colors of the windowed security thread and optically variable ink and optically variable device patch changes. 

These are real indicators and consumers must not hurry in checking the money they are getting, Atty Sumbi warned. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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