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PNP ALL SET FOR HOLIDAY SEASON, 2015 MAJOR EVENTS

The Chief PNP, Director General Alan La Madrid Purisima, has ordered the enhanced security operations before, during and after the observance of the traditional Yuletide Holiday Season (Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) as expected to cause influx of people in shopping mall, churches, transport terminals and other public places.

According to Police Director Ricardo Marquez, the PNP Director for Operations (DO), police presence will be intensified through increased foot and mobile patrol operations and deployment of Route Safety Marshalls in areas and times where and when they are most needed. Police Assistance Hubs will also be established in places of convergence.

Even as preemptive security operations are underway, the PNP will continue to intensify the campaign against loose firearms, illegal discharge of firearms, and campaign against criminal gangs and personalities supported by the aggressive implementation of OPLAN “Bakal” and OPLAN “Sita”, and Strict implementation of RA No 7183 (Illegal Manufacture and Sale of Firecrackers and Pyrotechnics).

Furthermore, PDir Marquez said that guidelines and standard procedures were disseminated to all PNP units tasked to secure the Pope during his State Visit and Apostolic Journey.

As reported earlier, the PNP will provide operational support to the Presidential Security Group and close-in security services to the Pope’s entourage. Security coverage operations in the different venues of engagement of the Pope and  public safety assistance for peace and order maintenance and police services for crowd control, vehicular/pedestrian traffic direction, route parking and venue security will also be available on the D-day.

The PNP has also started security preparations for the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2015 meetings in particular to the safety and security of all delegates and participants, and facilitation of uninterrupted conduct of APEC Leaders Meeting.(PNP-PIO)

PNP NOTES MORE ACCURATE CRIME REPORTING OF RAPE CASES

Improved crime reporting system and effective public awareness campaign resulted in significantly higher crime statistics of rape cases.

The sharp 35% increase in rape cases over the past nine months of the year is attributed to the latest initiative of the PNP leadership on accurate crime reporting by all Police Stations.

The PNP in recent years has been striving to get the “true crime picture.” This meant that crime reports now included those coming from barangay blotters and other law enforcement units, not just data from police stations.

Chief Superintendent Juanita Nebran, Director of the PNP Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) clarified that the increase in rape cases involving both women and children victims can be attributed to the improved reporting of cases and not necessarily an increase in actual number of rape cases.

The WCPC is a specialized National Support Unit of the PNP that handles investigation of cases involving violence against women and children. Women and Children’s Desks have been organized in all PNP Units down to the police station level.

Nebran said the PNP recorded 7,306 rape cases committed against women and children during the first nine months of the year from January to October 2014.

Minors comprise 76.9 % of rape victims while only 23.1% of victims were adult women, WCPC records revealed.

PNP WCPC Chief Juanita Nebran explained that children are indeed more vulnerable to abuse. Sila yung walang kakayahang lumaban at takot sila.” 

According to Nebran the 7,306 rape cases recorded in January-October 2014 reflect a 35% increase from the combined 4,737 rape cases committed against women and children during the same 9-month period in 2013.

This increase, however, cannot be entirely attributed to an actual surge in rape cases, Nebran explained.

Nebran said that the PNP had intensified training and specialized courses to constantly improve capability in dealing with women and children victims of abuse. These training complement the information awareness campaigns that they conduct among the public.

But authorities can only do so much. Ultimately, police intervention and successful prosecution depends on the rape victim’s willingness to come forward.

“Hindi namin sila matutulungan kung tatahimik lang sila,” Nebran said referring to the victims. (PNP-PIO)

COPS GET EARLY YEAR END BONUS

Consistent with the earlier announcement by Malacañang on the release this week of yearend bonuses for government workers, the Philippine National Police has released P1.8-billion for the year-end bonus of its 150,000 active duty personnel.

The PNP Directorate for Comptrollership released Php1,837,449,867.23 through the PNP Finance Service and subsequently credited to the individual ATM payroll accounts of active-duty PNP uniformed and non-uniformed personnel.

According to Chief Supt. Felixberto Lagiwid, Director of the PNP Finance Service, PNP members who are not yet enrolled in the ATM payroll system will receive checks thru the Regional Finance Service Offices (RFSO).

Lagiwid explained, the year-end bonus represents 50 percent of the 13th month pay and other cash benefits mandated by law for all government workers.

The first tranche of the 13th month pay for this year was released by the PNP in May 2014.

PNP Spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Wilben M Mayor said, as an administrative policy, release of the 13th month pay to PNP personnel with pending administrative and criminal cases is deferred. (PNP-PIO) 

POLICE GENERALS SHOW SHOOTING PROWESS

Eighty-four PNP star rank officers showcased their firearms proficiency during the PNP Star Rank Officers Shooting Challenge today (Thursday) at the PNP Firing Range in Camp Crame.

PNP Chief PDG Alan LM Purisima led the police generals in the competition wherein 21 teams with four members each, were created to battle against each other.

“Our aim here is to foster camaraderie and establish friendly accord among competitors. This kind of event helps us to be more efficient and effective on our target goal – and that is to serve our people,” PDG Purisima said.

He also added that the said competition can further contribute to the organization’s development, competence, discipline, professionalism and specialization of individual skills.

Furthermore, he urged the generals to give their best both in aiming their target in the competition and also on their goal on how to contribute in the peace and order and security of the people and the country.

The shooting challenge was held through the PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development (PNP-DHRDD) headed by DHRDD Director, PDIR Alex Paul I. Monteagudo.

The winning team in the shooting challenge will represent the PNP in the next PNP-AFP Battle of the Generals. (PNP-PIO)

PNP SEES NO MAJOR THREAT TO UPCOMING EVENTS

The Philippine National Police maintains that the national peace and order and security situation remains to be highly stable and manageable vis-a-vis the threat posed by domestic threat groups.

Directorate for Intelligence (DI) Deputy Director, PCSUPT Generoso R. Cerbo Jr.  made the statement in view of the upcoming major events to be hosted by the government, namely the visit of the Roman Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis in January next year and the holding of APEC Head of States Summit on the later part of the year.

The PNP is continuously monitoring developments relative to the activities and movements of the local threat groups, particularly in the Southern Philippines.

No positive links among such groups have been established so far and no specific threats to the upcoming events coming from these groups have been detected.

The PNP and the entire Philippine intelligence community remain vigilant and watchful on the developing international situation and its possible repercussions to our country’s security.

We appeal to the public to cooperate with the PNP to ensure the safety of the Pope in his visit to our country and not to believe in rumor-mongers and speculations. (PNP-PIO)

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