Friday, September 12, 2014

Days of Bad Guys Numbered – PNP


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO, San Fernando City – With the ongoing reforms like the Performance Governance System - Integrated Transformation Program (PGS-ITP) the Philippine National Police has been undergoing the days of criminals in the country are numbered.
POLICE TRANSFORMATION. Senior Superintendent Marlou C. Chan, Chief of the PNP Directorial Staff in Police Regiona l Office-1, instructs the members of the Technical Working Group’s panel he headed on how to evaluate a police chief on Performance Governance System - Integrated Transformation Program. The program is under the behest of the United Nation's Millennium Challenge Corporation. Columnist Mortz C. Ortigoza (3rd from left) of the Northern Watch Newspaper was one of the panel members. 
Senior Superintendent Marlou C. Chan, Chief of the Directorial Staff of the Police Regional Office-1, said that the PGS-ITP for instance gives a quota of not less than three percent the PNP in a town, city, or province to confiscate the numbers of loose firearms under the jurisdiction of the police’s hierarchy there.
“If you can not do it in the search warrant, you can confiscate it by other modes like Oplan Sita (Operation Check-Up), checkpoints, Oplan Bakal (Operation Firearms), police response, and others,” he told recently Chief Inspector Rex Infante, Chief of Police of Mangatarem, Pangasinan and his staff when they underwent an evaluation on the initiative part of the PGS-ITP.
The police intelligence, according to Chan, plays a major role how to apprehend those who possess illegal firearm and confiscate their weapons.
He said a town like Mangatarem should have a crime map for the police there to analyze the areas where loose firearms proliferate.
In the evaluation test here of the PGS-ITP, he cited that the PNP’s hierarchy would ask policemen in local government units (LGU) how much money they need and how would they use them
“This is the transformation by the PNP. Gone are the days when the police in the desk would tell a complainant that he could not make a report since there is no bond paper in the office, or gone are the days when the policeman would tell the complainant that they could not respond to the place of hostility because the patrol car has no gasoline,” he stressed.
“The PGS-ITP is based on the findings and recommendations of the PNP Reform Commission Report; the GOP-UNDP Study on Transforming the PNP into a more Capable, Effective, Credible Police Force, and; the PNP Transformation Plan.
Apprehension of loose firearm is not only the area of concern of the PNP, PGS-ITP has 10 Key Result Areas (KRAs),” a police who asked anonymity told this paper.
The 10 KRAs are; National Policy and Institutional Development; Police Operations, Facilities Development; Human Resources Development; Administrative and Financial Management; Information and Communication Technology; Demonstration of Excellence through Development of Best Practices; Public Information Advocacy; and Reform Management.
Police chiefs in Region 1 are given three attempts to pass
 the Initiative Stage
PNP chief Director Allan Purisima warned recently PPO directors and chiefs of major cities around the country to hurdle the “initiative stage” in two try otherwise they would be sacked from their post.
The latest victim of this warning from Purisima was the chief of police of Legazpi City.
Since November 24 last year, 53 PNP offices/units have passed the PGS initiated status.
The PGS-Certification is led by Purisima, Garbo, and the PNP Center for Police Strategy Management’s office. They are aided by the National Advisory Council for Peace, Transformation, and Development, PNP-TWG, and others

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