Monday, February 1, 2016

Traffic incidents rev 
2015 crimes up 17%

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 30, (PIA)—Total crime volume in 2005 increased by 17% or 1314 cases over 2013 which only had 7904 over this years 9218, crime data from Camp Dagohoy showed.

Of the increase however, traffic related incidents swallowed a huge pie, accounting for 30% of the increase.

Interestingly, index crimes like theft and robbery, which get occasionally reported in radio reports, earned lower cases in 2015, with 26 theft cases lass in 2015 and 127 robbery cases less than in 2015.

Murder also is 2 cases less in 2015 than the previous year while homicide in 2015 is 9 cases less than last years 2014, the same data reported at the Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting last January 28 bared.

The increase in index crimes however were noted in physical injuries which had 136 cases more last year, car-napping with 22 cases more, rape had 13 cases over 2014 and cattle rustling showed 11 cases past last 2014. 

In the non-index crime tally, Camp Dagohoy crime statisticians noted 1296 cases more in 2015 over the previous year; this amounts to 30% increase in total non index crime volume.

Special laws violations in 2015 reached 94 cases more or 1724 cases in 2015 as against 1630 in 2014, and other non-index crimes surpassed 2014’s tally with 1615, or 504 case over the 1111 cases logged in 2014. 

Almost half of the non-index crime volume however were incidents that involve traffic in its forms: driving under the influence of liquor, reckless driving, over-speeding and similar violations.

Traffic related incidents reached 2212 in 2015, or 618 cases over 2014 which only had 1514, the same report showed.

Data from police headquarters’ Provincial Intelligence and Detection Management Bureau bared that traffic related incidents alone in 2015 reached 698 cases more.

Physical injury which are caused by traffic surged 407 cases more at 1502 over 1095 in 2015, damage to property due to traffic incidents also revved to 256 more in 2015 at 614 over 358 in the previous year while traffic related incidents resulting to homicide claimed 35 lives more, with 96 reported cases over 61 in 2014.

To show dramatic emphasis, Camp Dagohoy said of the total crime volume in 2015 which reached 9218, 2212 or a good 24% of the crime cases were involving traffic. 

Homicide for example, of the 131 total cases, a good 96 or 73% of the cases involved traffic while 35 deaths did not.

Of the physical injuries tallied, 64% of the cases or 1502 of the 2327 cases logged involved traffic, according to Camp Dagohoy. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol) 

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Metrobank opens ATM
In beach capital Anda

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 30, 2016 (PIA)—Running out of cash in tropical beach paradise of Anda? Worry no more, an automated cash dispenser has just opened there.

In the latest development in the town which is fast becoming Bohol’s summer beaching capital, a new automated teller machine (ATM) opens at the town hall, a quick step away from the famed Quinale Beach Bar.

The new ATM, of the commercial bank Metrobank was installed a few days ago, according to town tourism officer Jovie Macato. 

Metrobank boasts itself as the first Philippine bank that is among the first 10 strongest bank in the Asia Pacific.

Metrobank ATM is the second ATM in Anda and the first machine with international links.

Anda’s new Metrobank ATM serves six automated transactions: cash withdrawals, fund transfer, cash advance, bills payments, prepaid load and check re-order, Macato added. 

Years back, First Consolidated Bank of Bohol opened its first pitakard ATM also at the Municipal Hal Complex. This, however is exclusive for FCB depositors as well as the government’s conditional cash transfer card. 

A few months ago, Anda Mayor Metodio Amper told local media in an interview during the launching of Anda’s Tilapia Chips, that his administration is negotiating banks with international links to put up ATM machines in town.

“We desperately need an international ATM machine, we just can’t afford to listen to foreigners and local tourists eager to spend some more in Anda but are running out of cash,” Amper said. 

A common inconvenience of Anda tourists running low on cash is going out to nearby towns of Candijay and Jagna, where ATMS can serve international bank links. 

In fact, some would take the 100 kilometer trip back to Tagbilaran to replenish their wallets for cash, tour guides added.

On the opening of the ATM, netster Pinky McMichael said, “It will be so convenient for me now......no need to go to Jagna anymore. Tourists will be able to spend more pesos which is very good for Anda business owners, etc.”

We are so overjoyed, Thank you Mayor Dodong!!!, she added. 

Mayor Amper goes by his local name Dodong. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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