A small group of residents of Quezon City, Philippines have successfully transformed their once crime-ridden street into a peaceful community with very little assistance from the police and other local peace-keeping units.
Kapisanan Ng Madasalin, an association composed of about 60 household members was organized by the residents of the street early last year in response to the persistent call of residents for a safe and secured neighborhood.
One compelling reason for its organization was the seemingly indifferent attitude of the police and other peace-keeping units in fighting criminality in the neighborhood. They cited lack of funds and manpower to regularly patrol and secure the street.
After months of continued campaign and sustained efforts by the residents, criminal elements have disappeared from the street.
It took this vigilant neighborhood group almost two years to transform the once crime ridden street into a peaceful and secured community, with very little assistance from the police and local government peacekeeping units.
Atty. Narciso A. Tadeo, chairman of the neighborhood association, in an interview with this writer, said that the members of the association who contributed their time and money to keep the neighborhood safe, should be credited for the success of the crime prevention project.
In particular, he mentioned that the financial support given by the members in the form of membership dues, is the key to the success of the program.
The Chairman added:
>Without their support, the association could not have hired the services of private security guards who were tasked of maintaining peace and order in the street. >
Although there are still occasional reports of attempts by criminal elements, no consummated crime have been reported since January this year.
The officers and members of the association are set to meet tonight at the residence of Ms. Trell Magbanua, a very active member of the group, to discuss the future projects of the association.
The meeting will have City Councilor Atty. Bayani Hipol, a very active supporter of the association, as its guest of honor. Barangay Chairman, Ms. Annabelle Curatcho and Police Station 9 commander, Col. Oscar Palisoc have also been invited to grace the occasion.