ROXAS City — Capiz officials called on parents and barangay officials to join forces to ensure peace and order here.
Parents play a vital role in ensuring that their children will not be involved in any criminality, Councilor Powell del Rosario said during the emergency meeting of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC).
Barangay officials have an equal role in securing their people and ensuring peace and order in their respective areas, del Rosario said.
He said the city’s curfew ordinance for minors should be strictly enforced so that children will not be wandering on the streets from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Mayor Angel Alan Celino called for the CPOC emergency meeting after he felt alarmed by the series of robbery incidents here involving business establishments, homes and government offices.
“Children are being used by adults in robbery operations because of the protection given by law to minors,” del Rosario said.
He added that the city’s junkshop ordinance, which requires junkshop peddlers to have identification cards from the City Licensing Office, must also be enforced.
Meanwhile, the CPOC members emphasized the need to heighten police visibility through an intensified police mobile and foot patrol, as well as intensification of the police’s intelligence network.
They likewise said barangays should also strengthen their ronda patrol with the barangay civilian volunteer organization, barangay tanods and the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams, or BPATs. (Jemin Guillermo, PIA-6 Capiz/PN)