A good peace and order situation will encourage more investments because everyone feel safe, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas said.
Since Treñas’ re-election as mayor in 2019, the city government has provided P413,076,700 in assistance to the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO).
According to data from the City Budget Office, the city government extended P54.1-million assistance to the police in 2019; P43.4 million in 2020; P59.4 million in 2021; P216.3 million in 2022; and P33.8 million in 2023. (https://shorturl.ac/7a95t)
The support to the city police ranges from motor vehicles (police patrol cars); motorcycles; bicycles; firearms and ammunitions; office supplies; trainings, seminars and travelling expenses; allowances for police personnel; fuel, oil and lubricants; procurement of office equipment and furniture; repair and maintenance of transportation equipment; and rehabilitation or construction of police station and among others.
“This is a priority. A safe city means more investments, which in turn means more thus jobs for our constituents,” the city mayor said.
The establishment of Iloilo City Action and Response (ICARE) facilities in strategic locations is one landmark project aimed at making this southern city more safe and resilient. Four ICARE centers are now operational – the ICARE Command Center in Barangay San Rafael, Mandurriao district; the Esther Jamora ICARE Center in Barangay Ungka, Jaro district; and the ICARE satellite centers in Barangay Calumpang, Molo district and Barangay Balantang, Jaro.
Three new ICARE satellite centers are being built in Barangay Nabitasan, La Paz district, Barangay Tanza Esperanza, City Proper, and the Iloilo Business Park (Megaworld), as well as three more at Central Philippine University and in Barangay Bo. Obrero, Lapuz, and Barangay Balabago in Jaro.
The city government hopes to establish an integrated response network through the ICARE Command Center and its satellite centers, bringing emergency safety and disaster management services closer to the people.
Each facility houses frontline offices focused on peace and order, security, resiliency, and emergency response, such as the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Public Safety and Transportation Management Office, police, and fire personnel.