By CRIS DIAZ
There are crimes committed in the city’s subdivisions. Usually, the crimes committed in subdivisions, especially in high-end and middle-income subdivision are crimes against properties. Crime against properties are robbery, thief and burglary cases. Then, there is the crime against persons, too. The crime against persons are homicide, murder, and rape.
Unless the crime against property involved a large amount or damaged, the incident is not usually reported to the police. Most crimes against persons, which are committed in subdivisions, are reported to the police because the nature of the case is “medico legal.” However, there are crime against persons, committed in subdivisions, which are not reported to the police. Some of these incidents are rape cases.
There are rape cases committed in subdivisions that are only exposed when the suspect(s) is finally arrested. There is this contention that the family of the rape victim would not report the case to the police for fear of public ridicule and mockery. In some police files, the rape case involved the wives and daughters of known personalities who reside in the subdivision. Other victims of the rape cases are wives of foreigners. Mind you, the suspects reportedly raped the wife in the presence of the husband or in the presence of the parents, in case of daughters.
There is no reason that these crimes could be committed in subdivisions, which are supposedly secured and safe. It turns out that the culprit is simply “security lapses.” The security lapses in subdivisions occurred partly because of defective local legislations and the neglect of subdivision developers.
The defective legislation starts at the moment the subdivision developer files an application for approval of the permit with the local city council. In the case of Cagayan De Oro City, the city council has the committee on land estate and realty development. At the moment, the city’s committee on lands estate and realty development simply review the civil and engineering requirements of the application to operate/develop a subdivision into a housing project.
While the committee also examines the other requisites, the committee failed to consider the importance of the security requirements of the proposed subdivision. The committee should
always consider the inclusion of the security components of the any proposed subdivision in accordance with the number of the houses and residences. The inclusion of the security components would compel all subdivision developers to comply with the requirements otherwise the application would be disapproved.
With the various crimes (some reported, others not), committed in subdivisions, it is time for the city council to pass a resolution to strictly include the security components in all applications for the development of the subdivision. This is necessary as a deterrent factor in the commission of crimes in the subdivision. After all, most crimes committed in the subdivisions are due to security lapses.
For instance, the case of the shooting of Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras, President of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), was a classic example of security lapse. The lack of adequate security personnel to secure the residents of the Golden Glow Subdivision in Upper Carmen was the primary factor that contribute to the unhindered shooting of Rotoras.
One could not imagine a middle-income subdivision hiring two security guards, acting as relievers, only for the main gate. No matter, how good the assigned two security guards at the main gate, they could not secure the entire subdivision or their presence would not make any difference for a committed criminal. Well, one could not blame the developers, after all there is no law requiring them to strictly comply with the security requirements in the development of subdivisions. After all, the hiring of the security personnel has been already the lookout of the residents.
Wary of their security status, sometime the subdivision residents hire security personnel only for a “show.” There is a subdivision here with security guards assigned only at the main gate. But, these security guards are not actually working for the security of the residents. The security guards are after only on any vehicle that would enter the subdivision. The guards would collect a measly entrance fee of P 5.00 for every vehicle -cars or motorcycles. Mind you, the entrance fee was reportedly collected for the monthly salary of the security guards. The hell! Perhaps, these security guards are not licensed security guards.
Perhaps, it is all incumbent on the Regional Civil Security Unit (RCSU) to inspect the security guards assigned in subdivisions to find out if these security guards are licensed or not. A security guard cannot obtain licenses, unless he or she comply with all the requirements mandated under Section 4 of Republic Act 5487 (Private Security Agency Law) Rule 1, Declaration of Policy.
It is also important to determine if the security guards are working under licensed security agencies or whether the firearms issued to them are serviceable and licensed too. Sometimes, this is necessary because there are also cases where the security guards are the “persons of interest” on unreported crimes in the subdivision.
The subdivision developers and the homeowners should also be consistent with the payment of salaries of security guards. At present, the security guards are paid in accordance to the Minimum Wage Law at a daily rate of P 318.00 (Cagayan De Oro City), excluding overtime and holiday fees. The security guards are covered with SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-ibig. Thus, it is not fair for a security guard to get only a monthly contract of P 10,000. Such exploitative rate is unfair to both the security guard and the security agency. Any subdivision developer who wants to consult on security matters, the CYNOSURE could be contacted anytime. Email reactions/comments: [email protected]
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