Concerned citizens are clamoring for the government to revitalize the flushing out of criminal elements through "zoning" in areas which are noted as becoming safe havens for criminals in urban centers like Metro Manila.
In this way, criminal activities can be prevented, if not neutralized, against innocent people in a particular community. Eventually, the zoning program is expected to expose those with standing criminal records or affiliations with organized crimes operating in the country’s metropolis. At least, it will prevent them from inflicting harm against humanity.
However, the zoning activity has been scrapped from the police’s vocabulary for reasons unknown to many. When a certain crime happens in a certain area, that’s the only time when the police would scramble to make an investigation after the crime was committed. It could be possible, too, that barangay officials and the citizenry should be tapped to help in the fight against all types of criminal activities. If they could crop up a barangay ordinance that would require strangers or visitors to a particular place to register at the barangay centers all over the country, that would be fine. But this is not done yet. In this way, the local officials, in coordination with the police, would be able to keep track on their activities in the area where they temporarily reside.
Although some quarters are saying that it will violate the human rights of certain individuals if they are asked to reveal some information of themselves. But there’s nothing to worry when the person is clean. Is that asking too much? Perhaps, it’s a matter of enacting a law that will make it possible for implementation in the barangay level.