2013 sees boom in businesses and crime in Cavite
Imus, Cavite — This historical province continues to boom with its business, tourism and other ventures amid the calamities and other odd incidents which beset the area in 2013.
A first class province, Cavite is the country’s most populated area with an estimated 3,817,523 citizens in seven districts comprising six cities and 17 municipalities.
Tourism, industrialization, entrepreneurship and cooperatives and other ventures thrive in the coastal province with its vast tourism sites and historical places, economic zones and commercial establishments and the population which increases by about 200,000 yearly and the growing labor force.
Governor Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla, now on 4th of his six year-term, Vice Governor Ramon Jolo Revilla, on first term, the 16-man Sangguniang Panglalawigan (Provincial Board) and concerned agency officials have been monitoring and taking actions on the area’s peace and order which is a must in keeping a healthy and prosperous economy.
The Police Provincial Office (PPO) admitted that peace and order did not fare well in some cities and municipalities during the year, considering the number of reported shooting incidents, robbery cases and other crimes against persons and property in the areas.
The boldest and daring incident during the year was the January 4 shooting of drug-crazed 41-year-old Ronald Bae, alias “Bossing.” The former candidate for barangay captain killed seven people, including two children a pregnant woman, before he was gunned down by responding policemen in Tabon I, Kawit.
On September 8, another crime shocked the nation when the body of advertising executive Kristelle “Kae” Davantes was found in a shallow river under Tibagan Bridge in Barangay Sabutan, Silang town. She was strangle and stabbed to death and her body thrown over the bridge.
The two incidents drew widespread condemnation and prompted the government to act on it. The Davantes case was solved by the police with the arrest of suspects and the filing of homicide and carnapping case against them.
During the May 10, 2013 election six months-gun ban period, there were some 125 shooting incidents, including fatal ones, that were reported in the province by a police official.
The rash of shooting incidents, “salvagings” (summary executions), robberies and fatal road accidents as reported by the police and the media prompted the Provincial Board under Revilla to call on inquiry last November 4.
During the inquiry, Senior Supt. Joselito T. Esquivel, PPO director, confirmed that crime volume went up by 559 or 15.09% during the first three quarters of 2013 as compared to the same period last year, or from 3,705 to 4,264 cases.
In a recent interview with this reporter, Esquivel also confirmed that for the month of November this year alone, there were 825 crime incidents that had been recorded in the turf.
Esquivel said of the 825, 40 are cases of murder, 35 rape; 175 theft; 84 robbery; 24 carnapping; 84 physical injury and homicide 1. The number has increased by 506 incidents or 159 percent compared to the 319 crime volume recorded by the PPO in November 2012, according to Esquivel.
With the development, Esquivel vowed to get rid of crime incidents with his 100 Days Plans of Action, a must implementation at PPO and the police stations in the province.
Gov. Remulla is also expected to reorganize and convene the Provincial Peace and Order Council this coming January to look into the peace and order situation and take actions.
Local officials deemed the August 8 coastal oil spill and the four-day “habagat” (southwest monsoon) rains in the entire province, starting on August 18, and the ensuing floods in three cities and at least seven municipalities as the worst disasters to hit the province this year considering the damage extent and cost and the number of lives lost.
Remulla placed the province in a state of calamity and allocated a total of P11 million fund as approved by the Sangguniang Panglalawigan (Provincial Board).
The province was hit hardest by monsoon rains that was worsened by Tropical Storm Maring. The state weather bureau reported that Sangley Point in Cavite City recorded 475 millimeters of rainfall in 24 hours, surpassing last year’s record of the southwest monsoon, which explained the deep floods in the province.
Worst flood-affected areas were the first district (comprising Rosario, Noveleta, Kawit and Cavite City), second district (Bacoor City), third district (Imus City) and Tanza, Naic and Ternate and Carmona municipalities.
The “great southwest monsoon flood,” as described by Caviteño masses, came only 10 days after a hundred of thousand diesel fuel leaked out of an oil firm underwater pipeline in Rosario (also called Salinas) and spread on neighboring Tanza, Naic, Ternate, Maragondon, as well as Manila Bay in Cavite City.
The latest disasters have affected the livelihood and business as well as environment and health of the citizens.
To cope with the population boom, Remulla and his administration has come out with an economic agenda for business, livelihood, cooperative and other ventures.
Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Eva R. Defiesta said earlier the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) declared Cavite as the most industrialized province with the biggest labor force in the country.
The increasing working sites, as well as housing projects and educational institutions, are one reason why the population continues to rise in Cavite, Dr. Defiesta said.
Amid the population boom, Cavite’s employment rate remained at 84.40 percent during the last two years, records showed. The rate is one of the highest among the provinces.
Remulla has tapped the academe, cooperatives. small and medium enterprises and the agriculture-business and manufacturing and service sectors, economic zone locators and other concerned groups to keep the business program in the area successful.
The national government recognized Cavite as the ”Enterprise Capital of the Philippines” due to the number of businesses, as well as cooperatives.
During the last Executive-Legislative Agenda meeting, it was agreed upon by Remulla, Revilla and the other officials that housing projects for the marginalized, education, environment, health services, peace and order as among utmost concerns that would have to be prioritized in 2014..
In a forum, Remulla also cited the importance of planning and preparing for the effects of progress in Cavite where population has grown five times in the last two decades which is significantly faster than the national population growth rate.
He said one problem that needs to be addressed now is the heavy traffic because provincial roads were not built wide enough to cope with the huge growth in population.
The governor also mentioned about good governance, good politics and had cited how Cavite has become the first ISO-certified provincial government in Asia.
It was also noted that many business establishments have erected in the capital Imus such as the Lumina Mall, The District and Puregold, as well as in the cities of Tagaytay, Dasmarinas and Bacoor and some municipalities.