Peaceful climate in Bulacan continues to draw investors

MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan — The non-stop anti-illegal drugs operations being implemented by the police all over the province has created an “atmosphere not conducive to criminals.”

During the recent Peace and Order Council meeting, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado commended the Bulacan police headed by Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr., for their no-nonsense anti-crime and anti-illegal drugs campaign which he said has made the province more generally peaceful thus attracting more investors, both foreign and domestic.

He said the intensive war against illegal drugs of President Rodrigo Duterte has indeed drove away criminal elements from doing their nefariuous activities and the people are now feeling much secured.

“While we are creating an atmosphere that is very conducive to business investors, the anti-crime offensive by our policemen has also created an atmosphere not conducive to criminals and lalwless elements,” Alvarado said.

He said that the influx of foreign investors from Japan and South Korea is an indicator of the effective internal security measures being implemented in Bulacan.

This year alone, among the Japanese companies that opened business in Bulacan includes Miniso, a giant convenience store offering different Japanese products. The store was inuaguared recently at the SM City San Jose del Monte, according to Zorina ‘Rhine’ Aldana, provincial chief of the Department of Trade and Industry,

Similar stores also opened at the SM City Marilao and Baliwag malls.

Giant car manufacturer Honda on the other hand opened their new branch in Baliwag town recently.Prior to this Toyota and Nissan motors have also opened branches in Bulacan.

Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando also commended the Bulacan Police Provincial Office for the “very inspiring” effects of their “Bahay Pag-asa” reform centers for drug users and pushers who surrendered by the thousands in the early stage of the all-out-war against illegal drugs.

He said that those who underwent the reform and rehabilitation program were also given skills development training for jobs and livelihood opportunities.

In Sta. Maria town, Supt. Raniel Valones, chief of police, said that the “reformists” in their “Bahay-Pagasa” are now harvesting vegetable crops which they planted in open lots provided by their community partners.

“Sta. Maria is an agricultural town. Most of the livestocks are being produced here and we see it as one of the livelihood projects that we can give to our reformists. Napakaraming mga bvakanteng lupa na maaring pagtamnan at pag-alagaan ng hayop. Kailangan lang na mayroong magturo at mag-gabay sa kanila,” Valones said.

He also said the cooperation between community leaders and the local government has created a peaceful environment.

“Bumaba ang crime rate sa bayang ito kasi hindi lang nasasawata ang mga masasamang loob bagkus ay marami pa ang nabibigyan natin ng pagkakataon para makapag-bagong buhay,” he added.

In San Jose del Monte City, statistics show that the Crime Solution Efficiency (CSE) of the city police has increased as shown in their weekly comparison analysis report.

Supt. Fitz Macariola, city police chief, said that from the 9.09 % from the period April 13-19,2017, the CSE has increased into 12.5% from the period April 20-26, 2017.

“The good cooperation between the police, the LGUs and the community has indeed made a big change and impact on the maintenance of peace and order,” Macariola said.

He said more positive changes will be felt because the police will not stand down in the fight against illegal drugs and criminality.–EMIL G. GAMOS (PNA)