LAOAG CITY — Sustaining its annual “generally peaceful” status, the Province of Ilocos Norte through the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) registered a more than 60% reduction in crime rate since the implementation of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
According to Provincial Police Director, PCol. Christopher Abrahano, the intensified police presence, and maintenance of 24-hour checkpoints stationed in strategic locations contributed to the general peacefulness of Ilocos Norte.
In an overview of the peace and order situation of Ilocos Norte, PCol. Abrahano said: “Base on our records, may mga incidents tayo ng theft at physical injuries. Habang mababa naman ang murder-homicide incidence.”
However, 61 people violated the guidelines on total lockdown imposed across the province.
“Malaki ang binawas ng krimen natin. Sa kabilang banda, nakapag-aresto tayo ng 61 persons na lumabag sa mga iba’t-ibang kaso gaya ng curfew hour, liquor ban, at disobedience to a person in authority o ang Article 151,” PCol. Abrahano expounded.
Another four people were also arrested for overpricing of alcohol and masks.
“Ang specific violation ng mga naaresto ay ang paglabag sa Bayanihan Act of 2020, at mga kaso sa Article 151. Ang penalty dito [Article 151] ay 6 months imprisonment to include fine or both. Doon sa Bayanihan Act, mapapatawan sila ng fine from Php 10,000 to Php 1 Million and/or up to 2 months imprisonment depende sa violation,” he noted.
As a member of the Provincial “Salun-at” Task Force, INPPO is actively performing its function to ensure enforcement of lockdown guidelines.
Among its initiatives include the protection of four boundary checkpoints to certify that only authorized person can enter the province, including the integrated checkpoints in each city and municipality; enforcement of “one entry, one exit” policy in places of convergence such as groceries and public markets; and support in the regulation of price control and temporary closure of non-essential establishments.