Tagbilaran Bishop Alberto Uy said Thursday crimes are symptoms of bigger societal problems.
The bishop made the statement in his homily as he officiated a mass offered at the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral as part of the regional launching of the National Crime Prevention Week.
He said crimes are symptoms of real problems, the roots of which are poverty, the breakdown happening in families and widespread corruption in different areas of society.
“Each of us has a role in the solution because we are also part of the problem,” the bishop said.
The bishop also shared the message of the Gospel to be alert for no one knows when the Lord will come.
Several key local government officials attended the mass that kick-started the celebrations in the province.
Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto led the local officials during the launch of the activity. He challenged those in attendance to work together in order to address social realities.
Peace and order has been one of the great challenges of Bohol and it is key in preserving the flourishing tourism industry in the province.
There were several challenges in the peace and order and even in the drug situation.
The province with the help of its purok power movement–a grassroots network–criminality has been contained and any serious threat to peace and order in the province were addressed and neutralized promptly. (with reports from Edcom)