KICK-SCRATCH-SCREAM. Police Inspector Richmon Taguba Conag enumerates tips on how to respond to a crime during the crime awareness, detection and prevention program last Monday at the CBA Multipurpose Hall. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUSG STRAW Committee
By Kristine Ann M. Fernandez
TO HELP LESSEN the increasing crime rate in Dumaguete City, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Negros Oriental Chapter and Philippine National Police (PNP) tapped Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) in launching their first crime awareness, prevention and detection program at Silliman University last Monday.
IBP and PNP plan to widen the scope of awareness by conducting the same program in different barangays, universities, and institutions.
SUSG Student’s Rights and Welfare (STRAW) Committee chair Ken Anthony Danlag said: “It is very important and very relevant to the students because the youth sector comprises the most number of victims in crime incidents nowadays, especially here in Dumaguete City. We believe that bringing crime awareness to the students would instill a sense of vigilance and awareness on their surroundings.
Since there is a considerable lack of police manpower to be able to maintain the safety and order of the whole city, we are counting on each and every citizen, the youth sector in particular to be active as well in creating a more peaceful Dumaguete City.”
The speakers of the said programs included Dumaguete City Chief of Police James Goforth and president of IBP Negros Oriental Chapter Atty. Myles Nicholas Bejar.
IBP-Negros Oriental Board of Director Atty. Jason Bandal encouraged students to “be observant in your surroundings and observe safety.” In responding to a crime, he added, one must “ensure that the area is secure and safe, one must preserve the crime scene and bring the victim to the nearest hospital.”
The event was co-organized by SU College of Law Alumni Association, Fraternitas Scintilla Legis, CBA Student Council, and Medtech Society