By: Tagum City Information Office
TAGUM CITY—Mayor Allan L. Rellon assured Tagumenyos that the local government is working round-the-clock to maintain peace and order and issued a categorical statement that the city is still safe and peaceful despite what’s happening recently.
“Tagum is still peaceful and you are all invited to come to Tagum,” Mayor Rellon stressed during the monthly Biz Talk at Big 8 media forum Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
The local chief executive said he is alarmed by the strings of crimes being committed in the city recently, but was quick in saying that the local government is working closely with the Philippine National Police and other volunteer organizations to achieve a “sustainable peace, safety and security.”
“This is a pending threat but this is also an opportunity for us to work hard and to work hand-in-hand,” he said, referring to the multi-sectoral approach in crime prevention, including the participation of the community.
Just recently, PNP Tagum got a boost as Mayor Rellon turned over 10 new patrol motorcycles to be used by the Special Task Group Tagum’s Finest, on top of the 30 rouser motorcycles turned-over to PNP Tagum last April 2014.
Police Supt. Solomon de Castilla, the city’s chief of police, acknowledged the efforts of the local government to augment their forces, especially that they only have 137 active personnel.
To further improve the city’s and PNP’s response to crime deterrence, Mayor Rellon announced he will be convening some personalities, including those who are vocal critics of his administration’s response, for a seminar-workshop that will attempt to come up with concrete strategies and solutions in addition to actions already implemented by both by the local government and the PNP.
On the other hand, PNP Tagum also presented the arrest warrant for a certain Wrenster “Renren” Azarcon who is wanted for killing radio commentator Rogelio “Tata” Butalid last year.
Mayor Rellon announced he will be giving a cash reward to those who can give information about Azarcon’s location that will lead to his arrest./ Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum