VIllasis Police Station lauded for ‘Best Practices’
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- Strong police visibility, community relations and interactions, open and responsive communication, community people participation and adequate allocation of logistical support are the key factors in ensuring peaceful and crime-free communities as reflected in the Performance Governance System (PGS) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The said key factors are what the Villasis Police Station are using in its quest for a crime-free municipality as well as to deter crimes and immediate apprehensions and arrests of wrong-doers.
In its quarterly meeting last March 21, the Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) of the town, chaired by Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Roderick Emmanuel R. Mina, lauded Chief of Police Norman F. Florentino for the continuity of programs and projects initiated by former Chief of Police Jesus O. Manalo Jr., which are considered “best practices” as contained in the station’s PGS.
“As the town’s advisory council, we appreciate your initiative in continuing the programs and projects under COP (Jesus) Manalo who is now in Region I PNP and rest assured of our full support to these programs and projects,” Mina said.
Manalo was assigned in this town on August 13, 2013. Due to the election period, he was relieved on January 9 this year and assigned at PNP Regional Office in San Fenando City (La Union). Florentino, who was the former COP of San Manuel, Tarlac took over his post on same date.
During the advisory council’s meeting, COP Florentino briefed the members on the current status of the police activities in the town notably on the “best practices” that include the Bike Patrollers (Ronda Bisikleta..Kontra Krimen), Tricycle Patrol (Ronda Tricycle..Kontra Krimen), Pulis Ko..Txtmate Ko (Txt Ko..Tulong Ko Kontra Krimen) and Daily Roll Call (Roll Call Sa Barangay..Tulong Laban Sa Krimen).
According to Florentino, there are two police officers assigned as bike patrollers who underwent a month-long seminar on “bike patrolling”. Their presence in the various villages (barangays) gives the feeling of safety to the community people as they could penetrate narrow streets to provide immediate police visibility whom they could interact easily and immediately.
Tricycle patrolling, like the bike patrolling, also increased police visibility and their mobility is faster. They could enter narrow roads and respond to the villagers’ complaints immediately.
It will be recalled that through the resolution of the advisory council, the municipal government under Mayor Libradita Go. Abrenica, donated one unit tricycle for the purpose.
The Pulis Ko..Txtmate Ko has proven to be effective in apprehending drug-related crimes. Stickers with Police Hotlines were posted in strategic places in the town,village centers including tricycles and other vehicles for townspeople to know where they could report unlawful activities in their communities.
This program has encouraged the people to immediately report unusual incidents in the villages without fear of being known as their text messages are treated with confidentiality.
Through “Txt Ko, Laban sa Krimen” more than 100 drug pushers and users have been arrested. Around 75 of them are at present detained at the Balungao District Jail for full blown Court’s hearings and while others are waiting judgment.
Another “best practice” worth commending, Florentino said, is the “Daily Roll Call of Barangay Officials”, which makes them closer to the peacekeeping efforts of the town’s police force. Through this program/project, “roll calls” are done from 8:00 to 10:00 in the evening daily involving 21 villages with the use of handheld radios assigned to village heads.
Through this program, the village-police relationship is enhanced. It is actively participation by Civilian Volunteers Organizations (CVOs) who are force multipliers in the peacekeeping activities of the police station.
After the briefing, Florentino thanked the members of the advisory council, the municipal government leadership and his staff for making the work of the police force of the town easier by giving time and logistical support in the performance of their duties and responsibilities.
” I thank the members of the advisory council for your active involvement in our PGS, the municipal government through Mayor (Libradita) Abrenica for the logistical support and the whole police force of this station for doing their job with utmost professionalism to implement efficiently our programs,” Florentino said.
Aside from Mina, the members of the MAC are: Sheila E. Velasquez (Vice Chair, DILG),Virgilio S. Maganes ( member, Media), Jocelyn R. Mina ( member, Education), Georgina S. Ditmar ( member, Business), Nenita Mari (member, NGO) and Rev. Romeo Verosil Jr. ( member, Religious Sector).
The members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) include COP Florentino ( replacing COP Manalo) as Chairman PSINSP Aurelio S. Manantan (replacing PINSP Ariel F. Viray) as Vice Chairman) and SPO4 Angelito A. Domingo (Member) with the following members of the Secretariat : SPO3 Valentino M. Mostoles, SPO3 Jorlan P. Salve do, SPO1 Raul O. Macaraeg, SPO1 Michelle C. Miran, SPO1 Fredelyn D. Zamora, PO3 Marilou M. Vagus an, PO3 Fernando C. Macaraeg, PO3 Joey O. Nebres, PO3 Gilbert C. Raganit, PO2 Abril F.Mopas, PO1 Cresilda E. Bergado (IT Operator) and PO1 Ryan B. Leonin (IT Operator).
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