In Marikina, There Are 'Walking Encyclopedias'

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In Marikina, There Are 'Walking Encyclopedias'


Byline: ANNA LIZA T. VILLAS

Operation: Zero robbery/holdup incidents lessen street crimes. But aside from maintaining the peace and order condition of the city, Marikina police will soon be walking (city) encyclopedias.

These were revealed by Marikina City police chief Senior Superintendent Felipe Rojas Jr. after receiving the title for Marikina police as Best City Police Station by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), besting 36 other police stations in Metro Manila for the year 2004.

"Our main thrust is anchored on the 10-point program of Mayor Marides Fernando to boost local tourism and attract foreign investments to generate more jobs," said Rojas.

According to Rojas, the city has more than a thousand tourists a day. Seeing that the program of the Mayor is focused on the promotion of tourism, policemen should learn to locate tourist spots and as public servants, should be prepared to give an answer.

Attributing the involvement of the local government in peace and order campaign in the city, Rojas said it is a way they could support programs of the mayor.

"Many tourists from distant places visit the city and it would help if we know all the things that are happening in the city. We will be walking encyclopedias, "stressed Rojas.

Mission: Zero robbery/ holdup cases

In order to attain a zero robbery holdup incidents, Rojas said that they plan to strictly monitor crime-prone areas in the city.

According to records, the citys most prevalent crime is robbery/holdup of FX taxis. An average of two holdup incidents occur per week, Rojas said.

"We are coordinating with FX drivers. We came up with secret signals in case hold up arises," he said.

Rojas said they particularly concerned with FX robbery incidents because, he said, drivers do not traverse on one route unlike jeepneys. They pass through short cuts, which make it hard for them to track down.

However, he sees to it to track down crime statistics and mapping, saying, "it is the best way for us to monitor them."

With the strength of 282 policemen devolved in 14 community precincts, the chief of police said he is very optimistic that they will be able to attain their goal.

Ninety percent of the police force is immersed in barangays where policemen are able to respond quickly and efficiently on the crime scene, the chief of police noted.

He recalled: "Long before all policemen are only stationed in one headquarter. …

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