Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Is Iloilo Safe?

It is fun to visit and invest in Iloilo City these days after it earned the reputation as the safest area in Western Visayas region.

The image of the city being where both residents and visitors will feel protected is based on the Philippine National Police (PNP)latest report of crime volume, incidence and solution efficiency rate from the second quarter of 2011 up to the present.

The report showed that Iloilo City, a highly urbanized city and regional center of Western Visayas, emerged as the safest area in the region.

NEDA assistant regional Raul Anlocotan, in his report on the regional economic situationer to the local media, said the crime situation in Iloilo City has gone down tremendously and lauded efforts of City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and the Iloilo City police office headed by S/Supt. Marietto Valerio in providing a safe and secured atmosphere free from celebrated and heinous crimes during the period.

The round-table discussion with the local media and information officers of government agencies on Monday is expected to enhance awareness and understanding of media personnel and government information officers about the basic statistical terms used by the government.

The PNP report showed that crime volume in Iloilo City has gone down from 421 in the second quarter of 2011 to 262 in the second quarter of 2012 thereby posting a 37.76 percent drop.

Compared to Bacolod City, the other highly urbanized city in Region 6, the Negros Occidental city posted 533 crime volumes in the second quarter of 2011 and 605 crimes in the second quarter of 2012 by posting a 13.50 percent change.

As to the crime incidence rate, Iloilo City posted a significant decline from 31.97 to 19.89 percent in the same period with a 37.78 percent cut as compared to Bacolod with 31.50 to 35.76 and posting an increase of 13.52 percent change in the same period.

Crime solution efficiency also posted an increase from 46.08 to 62.97 percent by posting 36.64 percent change in the same period. Bacolod City posted a negative 65.41 percent change from 66.41 percent to only 22.97 percent during the same period.

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