Lambat-sibat successful in Benguet

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The Benguet Provincial Police Office (BPPO) reported a decrease in crime incidence attributed to the implementation of “Lambat – Sibat”.

“Lambat-Sibat” is a aimed to reduce crime, decrease fear of crime and improve public safety.

“Lambat-Sibat” is going back to the basics of patrolling and intensifying police visibility.

Supt. Bryan Allatog, chief of the Provincial Investigation and Detective Management Branch, on Friday, said “Lambat-Sibat” was provided for in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Memorandum Circular 2015-22.

The “Lambat-Sibat” encompasses the principles of timely criminal intelligence, effective intervention, rapid deployment of resources, follow up and assessment, and multi-stakeholder review that leads to crime prevention and crime solution for a more safe and secured community.

Allatog said crime incidence in Benguet lessened in September when “Lambat-Sibat” was implemented in the Cordillera Region.

There were 160 index crimes reported in August which significantly reduced to 98 in September, adding that in La Trinidad being the capital town shared 102 crime incidence in August and was reduced to 69 in September.

Allatog said the office would consider the suggestion of Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan to incorporate the ratio of crime incidence against the population in the next report for a better understanding and appreciation.

Benguet, notably, recorded the highest crime incidence because of its population compared to the other provinces in the region.

In the same manner, La Trinidad recorded the highest having a population of 107,188 followed by the Municipality of Itogon with 55,960 and Tuba with 42,874 (2010 census).

In a separate interview, La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda challenged police to come up with ways to determine the reasons in the increase of crime incidence, who are the perpetrators and come up with effective measures in dealing with them. PNA