ILOCOS NORTE MULLS MANDATORY REPORTING OF VISITORS IN ALL BARANGAYS

LAOAG CITY — In a bid to strengthen intelligence network of every barangay in Ilocos Norte, local officials are considering the passage of an ordinance mandating the registration of new visitors in every village after a 24-hour stay.

During the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting held at the Ilocos Norte Capitol auditorium on Thursday, Nueva Era town Mayor Aldrin Garvida said that the mandatory reporting of new faces visiting the 11 villages of the town seems to be of great help in maintaining peace and order.

“As our municipality is the gateway, situated along the provincial borders of Kalinga, Apayao, Abra and Ilocos Sur on the east, we have an ordinance to obligate every household owner to report to the Barangay when a new visitor stays for more than 24 hours,” Garvida said citing failure to do so has a corresponding penalty approved by the council.

With the current population ratio of one policeman to 687 people, Governor Imee Marcos urged all concerned local officials who attended the PPOC meeting to help the Philippine National Police in providing vital information that could help law enforcers effectively do their jobs.

“It’s not business as usual. There are too many killings. So, how can local officials help in this situation?” said Marcos following a series of shooting incidents recorded by the PNP all year round.

From Jan. 1-Nov. 30, Senior Superintendent Albert Ocon, Provincial Director of the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office, reported a total of 5,387 crime incidents compared to 6,270 during the previous year of the same period.

With a decrease of about 883 crime incidents, the PNP also reported an increased crime solution efficiency of 63 percent.

In line with this, the governor urged lawmakers to consider the passage of the same ordinance being implemented in Nueva Era town.

Meanwhile, Marcos also raised the need to come up with a uniform system of reporting which includes specifying who and where to report information. PNA