By Chito Chavez
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has come up with a system that facilitates the monitoring of cases of police officers in the country.
It is known as PODS, the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) Online Database System that was developed to aid the DILG and make appropriate actions against erring cops all over the country.
In the past, the monitoring of cases against erring policemen was done manually making it almost impossible for the DILG to accurately determine the number and progress of the charges against them.
Under the new system, 455 cases against erring cops were recorded with the number dropping to 380 as of July this year.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano said that the decreased number of cases filed is reflective of the improved discipline imposed by the DILG on the police officers.
The POD is user-friendly and can be accessed through the various branches of the DILG and local PLEB offices.
PLEB is composed of the members of the Sangguniang Bayan or Sangguniang Panlalawigan or Sangguniang Panglunsod.
“Then we have barangay captain to be chosen by the liga ng mga barangay members and then we have three other members preferably one from member of the Bar, pwede rin yung principalor any citizen from the community,’’ Ano said.
Ano said that ordinary citizens who want to be PLEB members, “he or she should have an untarnished integrity and procedural knowhow.”
To gain access to the website, the public is required to seek permission from the DILG and their local PLEB.
The PLEB gives the “username and password’’ to the intended party but at the same time carefully screens those who want to gain access to the website.
He added that members of the media can gain access to the website through the DILG spokesman.
Interested parties should coordinate with the authorized DILG and PLEB personnel if they wish to gain access to the website.