Cyrell Jones Sidlao, or Teacher CJ, a Special Education (SPED) teacher at Buyos Elementary School in Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte, was pleasantly surprised when two police officers came to the school to enroll a young boy.
“I need to share this!” said Teacher CJ in his Facebook post on Aug. 4, as reported in Balita, Manila Bulletin’s online Filipino daily newspaper.
It was Sindangan police chief Lt. Col. Mario Manipon who instructed Police Staff Sergeants Rogelio M. Canton, Jr. and Archie M. Tumilap to enroll him. The boy’s father had passed away and his mother remarried. The young lad preferred to live by himself even if he still had relatives who could shelter him.
The police officers told Teacher CJ that the boy did not have any parent he could lean on and was living alone, so they assumed the guardians’ role to ensure that he does not go astray.
“Thank you for choosing Buyos Elementary School. Rest assured that I will teach him moral values & proper education. Mabuhay kayo!” Teacher CJ shared further.
This story provides a cheerful sidebar to today’s celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Philippine National Police’s Center for Police Strategy Management (CPSM). The Center was established in 2012, after the PNP attained the Proficient stage in the Performance Governance System (PGS).
The PGS Pathway was adapted from the Balanced Scorecard (BSC), a strategic management framework that takes into account four critical perspectives within an organization. It was developed by Professor Robert Kaplan of the Harvard Business School and David Norton, president of the Palladium Group, an international advisory and management company that works with governments, businesses, and investors to solve the world's most pressing challenges.
Former Finance Secretary Jesus Estanislao pioneered the institutionalization of the BSC through the PGS when he founded the Institute for Corporate Directors that later spun off the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) to propagate good governance in the public sector. According to the ISA, the PGS framework “is now used by over 100 national government agencies and local government units in the Philippines, of which 14 have been independently verified by global experts as Islands of Good Governance (IGG), and five have been awarded membership in the exclusive Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame for Executing Strategy.”
The PNP’s PGS Pathway is embodied in P.A.T.R.O.L Plan 2030, the Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and for Upholding the Rule-Of-Law.This plan enunciates the PNP’s vital role in ensuring peace and order which is critical in the attainment of AmBisyon Natin 2040 vision of “Matatag, Maginhawa at PanatagnaBuhay.”
The successful implementation of the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L Plan 2030 is anchored upon the strong partnership of the PNP with the community. This is exemplified by the initiative of the Sindangan police force in assuming the guardianship of the young lad, as narrated by Teacher CJ.
According to the CSPM’s latest report:
“The PNP has been conferred three of the four stages of the PGS Governance Pathway: the ‘Initiated’ status on Sept. 24, 2009; the ‘Compliant’ status on Oct. 14, 2011; and the ‘Proficient’ status on Sept. 26, 2012, after complying and satisfying all the requirements of successful strategy execution; establishment of a fully-functional Center for Police Strategy Management (CPSM); formation of the National Advisory Group for Police Transformation and Development (NAGPTD); ensuring alignment, establishing monitoring and reporting mechanisms; and, cascading of the PNP vision and strategy to all units down to municipal police stations and individual PNP personnel — as demonstrated by the Sindangan police officers.
The PNP is now vying for ‘institutionalization’, the fourth and final stage of the PGS Pathway, having satisfied the mandatory requirements of establishing an effective mechanism for data tracking and reporting of performance, having undergone the thorough conduct of impact evaluation to determine breakthrough results and the development of Individual Performance Cards (IPC) and Individual Scorecards (ISC).”
The PNP is well on its way toward attaining Institutionalization status. Retired Police Brig. Gen. Noel Baraceros, who served as CSPM chief, reports that there are now more than 19,000 volunteers serving as advisory council members at the grassroots and community centers to propagate police transformation.
Proof positive is also provided by the profile of the most recent recipients of Metrobank’s Foundation Outstanding Filipino Award for Police Officers
In 2022 and 2021, the awardees are Police Executive Master Sergeant Rogelio A. Rodriguez Jr., Investigator, Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Unit, CIDG; Police Captain Rosalino E. Panlaqui, Chief of Police, Jalajala Municipal Police Station; and Police Colonel Lambert A. Suerte, Commander, Regional Mobile Force Battalion – NCRPO; Police Senior Master Sergeant Mary Joy B. Ylanan, Police Community Relations Office in Bogo City, Cebu; Police Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Ace J. Pelare, Chief of Police of Talisay City, Cebu; and Police Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan P. Pablito, Assistant Chief, Region 6 Police Strategy Management Unit, Iloilo City.
Officer Ylanan helped victims of sexual abuse and human rights violations pursue justice, leading to the arrest of felons guilty of rape and trafficking while Lt. Col. Pelayo was recognized for his OplanLimpyo, which is a community-based campaign against illegal drugs in Central Visayas. Lt. Col. Pablito was cited for his contribution in ensuring the development and implementation of the P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030.