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‘Di na kaya? Benguet mayor turns to God to solve crimes

La Trinidad mayor Edna Tabanda is seeking divine intervention to solve the town’s problem on criminality.

The re-electionist mayor has recently forged an alliance with the local Church leaders and village officials to promote values formation among the town residents.

“La Trinidad has the highest crime rate in the province and this endeavor would help in instilling values to our community as led by the various churches,” Tabanda said in an article in Baguio Midland Courier.

The government-religious groups alliance has been conducting dialogues with residents through the Ugnayan ng Barangay at mga Simbahan (UBAS). UBAS is composed of the local government unit, academe, civil society organizations, and various church organizations which was originally formed to combat illegal drugs in the municipality.

The discussions tackled issues on gambling, drinking and illegal drugs, and violence against women and children, which are in the rise in Benguet’s capital town of La Trinidad.

Tabanda said over a hundred representatives of different church denominations attended the event.