Month: January 2013

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Gun ban should go with crime prevention

THE election period in the Philippines began Sunday and signalled the start of a nationwide total gun ban expected to minimize election-related offenses, particularly gun-related violence among political groups and clans. For many, the gun ban brings some relief, especially since the country enters this period with heightened fear of gun-related violence. The accidental death of...

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Security Guards and Customer Service

An all too common utilization of security guards is customer service. Today’s age of shopping malls and intensified commercialization has exacerbated this seemingly overriding business need. At face value, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this business concept. After all, it is the security guard who is at the forefront of the interface between the...

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Flash Floods in Davao City and Other Towns

Heavy downpour over the weekend brought about by the tail-end of a cold front flooded several barangays in Davao City, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) report as of January 20. Flash floods in the city swamped five barangays, including Brgy. Tigatto, Brgy. Maa, Brgy. Bacaca, Brgy. Matina Gravahan, and...

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A Layman’s Take on Crimes in the Philippines

In 2012, the Philippines registered improvements in local peace and order vis-à-vis 2011. The Philippine National Police (PNP) said in a statement that the country’s Total Crime Volume from January to March 2012 was 16.77 percent lower than in the first quarter of 2011. Further, PNP Spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., said that 34,043...

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Philippines: Are We Prepared for the Big Wave?

Last March 11, Japan was hit by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake that caused a gigantic tsunami of up to 38.9 meter high, sweeping the coast of the Miyagi prefecture. The earthquake and the succeeding waves struck 15,000 people dead with less than 10,000 still missing. Aside from loss of life and property, the twin calamities...

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Security Vs. Condo Crimes: High Rise Living

SEVEN years ago, young bank teller Candace Castro was about to sleep in her 11th floor condominium unit when a neighbor knocked on her door. Little did she realize that opening it was the biggest mistake of her life. The intoxicated neighbor, who lived on the 6th floor, pushed her to the floor. Accompanied by...

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The Crucial Role of SOSIA: Supervising Security Agencies

Police Chief Supt. Samuel Diciano is no ordinary man. His hands are full, working as chief of the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA) of the Philippine National Police. He has the noble responsibility of regulating and harnessing the potential of hundreds of security guards and their reputable agencies nationwide. This includes monitoring...

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The Armed Forces and New Media: Enhancing the AFP Image

(Second of Two Parts) The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) can utilize new media in Winning the Peace, but its success is anchored on the people’s trust in the government. In so far as peace and security operations are concerned, in order to win the peace, the AFP has to gain the trust of...

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Effective Communication for Security Officers

Communication plays an essential role in our daily lives. The ability to effectively communicate with others is very important to one’s professional growth and development. In the case of security officers, being able to carry out a conversation in a clear and concise manner is a must. It eliminates the risk of getting lost in...