Stakeholders forum to address criminalities in Bacolod City

October 1, 2009 10:18 pm 

BACOLOD CITY, Oct. 2 — The Bacolod City Council holds a consultative forum Friday with different stakeholders here to explore measures and address successive hold-ups and other crimes in order to protect business institutions in Bacolod.

Councilor Al Victor Espino, chair of the City Council committee on police, security and jail management, said the consultative forum will be attended by stakeholders who deal with high cash business during office hours such as the lending institutions, pawnshops, 24-hour grocery stores, bakeries, and gasoline dealers, among others in response to the high crime incidents happening in Bacolod.

Attending in the forum the 2 pm Friday are Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), Bacolod-Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BFCCCI), HRANO, Bacolod Credit Management Assn., Bacolod Negros Occ. Bakers Assn., Bankers Club of Bacolod City, Petron Dealers Assn.,, Sea Oil Dealers Assn., Shell Dealers Assn., Caltex Dealers Assn. Of Negros Occidental, Fil-Oil Dealers Assn., Security Agencies Assn., St. Rose Drugs Assn., pawnshop establishments and other related business establishments.

Also joining are Sr. Supt. Celistino Guara, Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO)-officer-in-charge (OIC), and Lawyer Joselito Bayatan of the City Legal Office-OIC.

Espino said for the speedy solution of crimes the city council would also push through with the plan to require all business establishments in the City to install close circuit television cameras (CCTVs), noting that the highly-urbanized cities like Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao have required the businesses to install CCTVs for the speedy identification of crime perpetrators in their respective cities.

Espino is optimistic that the stakeholders and the people of Bacolod would cooperate with the city’s law enforcers and with the city government in order to come up with clear solutions to the crime incidents in Bacolod.

Espino also said that Supt. Guara planned that taxi operators to put panic light in their units that the driver could activate in case of hold up and other crime incidents. The light can alert police authorities. (PNA)



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