Press Release
October 6, 2014

Pimentel asks govt to install improved street lighting in Tacloban City to deter crime, improve business climate

?Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III today stressed the urgent need to install better street lighting in Tacloban City to improve the peace and order condition and business climate in what is considered as "Ground Zero" of the world's worst natural disaster in recent memory.

?He said improved street lighting is widely viewed as the most effective means to prevent crime, second only in importance to increased police patrolling in crime-ridden neighborhoods as borne out in various studies and similar experiences in crime prevention practices.

?"Better street lighting can help reduce fear, crime, and disorder," said Pimentel, adding that a substantial reduction in crime incidents could also be achieved through greater cooperation among the police, local residents, community leaders and elected officials in the area.

?Pimentel asked concerned national government agencies to invest considerable efforts and resources in prioritizing the improvement of street lighting in Tacloban City because poor street lighting has considerably affected the business climate in the once busy melting pot.

?Tacloban City is the regional center of commerce and trade as well as the seat of national government agencies in Eastern Visayas. It was pummeled by super typhoon Yolanda late last year, practically leveling the city to the ground, and leaving thousands of dead in its wake.

?Citing recent studies, Pimentel said better lighting will deter criminals who normally attack their prey under cover of darkness because this would certainly increase the chance of getting exposed to alert residents who would readily call for police assistance.

?He said the government should show to the world that determined efforts are being made to control crime in Tacloban City. "These efforts will further increase community confidence, pride and cohesion among the people" in undertaking activities geared towards the safety of the community.

?The Philippine National Police (PNP) has reported a lower crime rate in the first half of the year, but its report was met with guarded skepticism by the public, especially in Tacloban City where a spike in violent crime has notably increased, including theft and robberies.

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