MALOLOS CITY—With rising crime incidence, the mayor of this town assured security of Bishop Giuseppe Pinto, the papal nuncio to the Philippines who will visit the province on March 10.
Pinto will be in this city along with 46 bishops in the country on the said day for the opening of the year-long 50th Jubilee celebrations of the Diocese of Malolos.
Mayor Christian Natividad of this city said yesterday that they are now rushing installation of 50 new high definition close circuit television (CCTV) cameras along networks of thoroughfares here.
“We want to secure the visit of the papal nuncio and other guests in the Jubilee celebrations,” Natividad said noting that installation will be completed by end of March.
However, he said they prioritized installation of high definition CCTV camera’s along the MacArthur Highway from Guiguinto town to this city and along Paseo Del Congreso that leads to the Basilica Minore in the city’s downtown where main celebrations will be held.
“I asked PLDT to fast track installation along the MacArthur highway so that we can monitor movements in real time,” the mayor said.
The new high definition CCTV cameras will be added to similar equipment installed about two years ago.
Natividad added that they will field addition police officers along with quick response teams in case of trouble.
He said that at present, there are only 71 police officers guarding over 240,000 residents of this city.
Aside from the above preparations, Natividad also asked local citizens for vigilance to avert increasing crime incidence in the city.
The other day, a construction worker named Ramil de Leon was murder in Brgy. Sto. Rosario here.
The incident came tow days after four men robbed Pamana Cooperative in Matimbo followed by a stabbing at the Marcelo H. De Pilar National High School where a junior student was killed by a school mate.
On January 25, a businesswoman from Paombong town was killed in broad daylight near the provincial capitol compound here. It was followed by the post Valentines Day murder of Crisanto Tolentino, a employee in the city’s vice mayor’s office.
Earlier, Bishop Jose Francisco Oliveros announced that Pinto along with bishops from 45 other dioceses in the country will join the 50thjubilee celebrations of the Diocese of Malolos on March 10.
He said that Pinto will lead the canonical coronation of the image of the Virgen Inmaculada Concepcion de Malolos.
Oliveros said that thousands others, including priests, nuns, high government officials, and parishioners will be present at the celebration. (Dino Balabo)