Thursday, July 21, 2016

PRO5: Police-community relations backbone of effective law enforcement
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, July 20 (PNA) -— The Police-Community Relations (PCR) program has been serving as the “backbone of the PNP for effective law enforcement" since Republic Act 6975 established the Philippine National Police more than two decades ago.

Senior Inspector Ma. Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 5, issued this statement to explain the significance of the 21st year anniversary of “Police Community Relations (PCR)” Month this July.

She stressed effective PCR could not be achieved without the local government unit (LGU), a major supporter of the PNP in creating many programs for the community.

Calubaquib said the police and LGU are partners in many programs, especially in the creation of a drug abuse council in the provincial level (Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council or PADAC) and its counterpart in the municipal (MADAC), city (CADAC) and barangay levels (BADAC).

She said there is a mistaken notion for some that PCR Month merely means fun and a colorful parade of the participating agencies that will come to pass after the month of July.

“But for many police officers they consider everyday as PCR Day (as PCR would help) them effectively enforce the law to have real peace and order in the community,” she said.

Calubaquib said PRO5 under the leadership of its regional director, Chief Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe, is thankful for the support of many LGUs and other partners to better attain peace and order in every locality.

She said the four roles of the police force —investigation, intelligence gathering, operations to solve crimes, and implementation of peace and order, could not be achieved without establishing “good rapport” with the community.

Calubaquib said the PNP needs the support of stakeholders from LGUs, and national government agencies, nongovernment agencies, media and community so it could establish the PNP’s program in the area.

She cited a “neglected” aspect of the strong partnership between the police and the community, which is the creation of the Local Anti-Criminality Action Plan (LACAP), a directive of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to LGUs.

“The governors and mayors in cooperation with the PNP (are authorized) to order the creation of peace and order programs in their localities” and are “responsible for approving these programs.”

She said LACAP is “badly needed” for the smooth implementation of the PNP’s anti-criminality program.

“It is considered the ‘bible’ or guide on the creation of an interagency task force for law enforcement in the province, city and municipality, especially in fighting illegal activities, such as those involving drugs, logging, gambling and fishing,” said Calubaquib.

She expressed “disappointment”, however, that some of the local chief executives have yet to formulate their LACAP while those who have it have yet to implement them.

"It is supposedly the primary concern of all the local chief executives. They are mandated to do it,” she added.

Calubaquib said the mayors should create LACAP and propose a corresponding budget that will be taken from their Internal Revenue Allotment. (PNA) LAP/GVR/JH/CBD