Sat. May 8th, 2021

Although it is ranked 20th in terms of peace and order among 142 barangays in Quezon City, Barangay UP Campus is a hotbed of crime, according to the Philippine National Police-National Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System (PNP-CIRAS).

Topping the 5-year total of eight focus crime incidents in Barangay UP Campus were 250 drug-related cases, 106 theft, 72 robberies, 36 physical injuries, 21 rapes, 14 murders, 23 carnapping cases, and two complex crime cases of robbery with homicide. The index crime trend in Barangay UP Campus has dropped significantly in 2020, but the trend of non-index crime remained consistent.

These crime records were culled from the barangay blotter of Barangay UP Campus that are now recorded in the PNP-CIRAS.

During a dialogue among representatives from the government security sector and the academe, officials from the Commission on Higher Education noted the “prevalence of the drug problem” in the state university and its police force’s inability to address crime and public safety issues in campus.

Among other prevalent non-index crime incidents recorded in Barangay UP Campus were 72 illegal gambling, 21 malicious mischiefs, 43 acts of violence against women and children, four direct assault, three forcible abductions, 14 homicide, five acts of lasciviousness, 13 estafa, 43 child abuse, 11 public health violations, and two obstructions of justice.

The barangay sits inside the sprawling 493-hectare UP Diliman campus in Quezon City that spans from Barangay Botocan in the southwest, segment of C-5 and Barangay Pansol in the southeast, to the Central Avenue in the north. The campus covers seven barangays (or at least portions of them) including the Barangay UP Campus.

A census conducted in 2012 by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Community Affairs in cooperation with local government units like the Barangay UP Campus, revealed the presence of at least 15,500 households (each averaging 4.5 members) living in self-built units that were constructed without necessary permit from the UP Diliman administration.

The UP Diliman security system consists of the “UPD Police” (with 42 officers and 9 administrative staff) with 240 security guards, and security service brigade (SSB) personnel.UPD employs more than 1,500 full-time faculty members and 1,700 regular administrative and technical support personnel to serve the academic needs of more than 27,000 students. SOVEREIGNPH

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