PNP boosts barangay-level cooperation to improve performance against crime

Published April 30, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By  Martin A. Sadongdong

As the Philippine National Police (PNP) strives to meet its “Patrol Plan 2030” by strengthening its Performance Governance System (PGS) in every police station, a number of Station Advisory Councils for Police Transformation and Development (SACPTDs) are already meeting the compliance stage of the program.

SACPTDs, a multi-sectoral group of stakeholders in the localities, are established in every police station in the country to guide PNP personnel on the ground and assist the 195,000-strong police organization to achieve full transformation.

As an advisory body, the SACPTD has been helping the police since September,  2009 in establishing a performance management system which uses a balanced scorecard technology to attain its vision for the PNP in 2030.

Gains of QCPD PS-8

In Quezon City, Project 4 Police Station (PS-8) and its SACPTD is already on its compliance stage and already bracing for the third stage which is “institutionalization,” according to station commander, Superintendent Ophelio “Jojo” Concina Jr.

Concina said the partnership of the Quezon City Police District Station 8 (QCPD PS-8) has lead to the reduction of the crime volume in the locality to 54, which is comparatively lower to PS-8’s March, 2018 target of 79.

Aside from that, they have also recorded in the first quarter of 2018 a total of 2,341 community awareness activities, which noted a big improvement fromt their target of 1,125 activities. The said activities include dialogues or “Pulong-pulong,” symposia and lectures on crime prevention, public safety, illegal drugs disaster preparedness, gender awareness development and human rights among others.

“We have also intensified our checkpoints. In fact we have doubled them and it has paid off with the chance arrest of wanted persons,” Concina said.

They have also organized 211 sectoral groups from their target 192 in the same time frame.

Proficient status

Raul Addatu, who chairs the QCPD PS-8’s SACPTD and represents the academe sector, said one milestone that sets the QCPD PS-8 apart from the rest is the completion of its own Station Police Strategy Management Unit (SPSMU) Office last October, which boosts its efforts to reach the institutionalization stage.

Addatu said that just last month, then PNP Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa administered the conferment of Performance Governance System (PGS) “Proficient” status to several PNP units for satisfying the mandatory requirements for the third stage of PGS, including the National Capital Region Police Office from where the QCPD PS-8 is included.