By Jerry J. Alcayde
Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro – The Police Regional Office 4-B (Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan or MIMAROPA) has passed the proficiency stage of the Performance Governance System (PGS), an innovative Harvard-inspired measure which is aimed at transforming the Philippine National Police (PNP) nationwide into a more capable, effective, and credible police agency.
This was announced by Police Director Benjamin M. Lusad, chief of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Southern Luzon and chairman of the PNP’s Center for Police Strategy Management after a presentation and panel deliberation held recently at the PNP regional headquarters at Camp Efigenio Navarro in Calapan City with members of the PRO-MIMAROPA Regional Advisory Council (RAC) and top police officials of the region as participants and observers.
Lusad said proficiency stage is the third component of the PGS before a PNP unit could get a go-signal to institutionalize all its measures and tools for its transformation program.
Under the proficiency stage, Lusad said his panel has conducted focused group discussions, interviews and self-assessment survey of PRO-MIMAROPA’s strategic readiness and reviewed the performance audit of its 2015 accomplishments.
Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Luis D. Licup, regional director of PRO-MIMAROPA presented the over-all strategy of his command which gives priority to community engagement and upgrading of technological capability in crime prevention and solution.
Licup also shared the best practices of PNP-MIMAROPA in sustaining the implementation of environmental laws such as their drive against illegal logging and anti-illegal mining while capacitating his men in municipal and city stations through its “Young Man Reload: a comprehensive refresher training for new policemen particularly those with the rank of Police Officer 1.
The regional police office maintains a Viber Group Account with all the police stations and other strategic civilian partners to strengthen its partnership with the different stakeholders to attain its goals, Licup said.
Oriental Mindoro Vice-Governor Humerlito A. Dolor, RAC chairperson congratulated Licup and his men and further suggested that the police should maximize community involvement like tapping the Barangay Police Auxillary Team (BPATs) and target the participation of mellennials to widely spread its campaigns particularly to young ones.