“AMONG other … issues, I would like you to engage on matters pertaining to the interest of the youth, their safety and the growing number of gangs both in public and private schools.”
This was the concern raised by Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya soon after Col. Henry Dampal had presented his priorities earlier this week.
Even as Dampal observed a significant decrease in crime incidence and an increase in crime solution in the City, Nacaya, however, pointed several other complaints that have not yet been addressed.
These include the presence of “habal-habal” as a means of transportation in the city, students roaming outside school campuses and some other concerns of parents.
According to the councilor, these give the impression of laxity in enforcement to protect the interest of the youth, in particular, and the people of the city, in general.
“This should be corrected,” Nacaya urges.
The councilor congratulated Dampal for being one of the recommendees and the only one chosen by the City Mayor to sit as Officer-in-charge of Cocpo.
“The things you mentioned are those things we want to happen in the city. The priorities that you think what should be done in keeping the peace and order of Cagayan de Oro, and we commend you for that,” the councilor cited referring to the well-articulated presentation made by the police director.
But despite the commendation accorded to the police official, Nacaya reiterated the need to include the concerns he mentioned in Dampal’s list of priorities when he perform his tasks and functions as the newly installed City Director. (sp)