Friday, December 19, 2014

Safest Christmas' about to come - Roxas

From the Website of DILG

Safest Christmas' about to come - Roxas

With about a week left before Christmas, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has given the public his utmost assurance that they can count on the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the "safest Christmas" thus far, thanks to their intensified anti-crime campaign.

"This will be our gift to the Filipino public: the safest Christmas season that we've all been working for," said Roxas to the leaders of more than 150,000 PNP personnel stationed in different parts of the country.

Roxas has previously confirmed a downward trend in criminality in NCR mainly due to the deliberate, programmatic and sustained approach that the PNP has taken under OPLAN Lambat-Sibat. He has also confirmed that the operation plan is set to be cascaded to all regions beginning early 2015.

According to the latest update from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), robbery, theft, car and motorcycle napping incidents are at an all-time low of 534, compared to the weekly average of 900-1000 petty crime incidents before the campaign was rolled out.

"Wala nang bara-bara, kanya-kanya at ningas-cogon. Sa Tuwid na Daan, simula pa lang ito ng mas marami pang magagawang pagbabago, (We can't work ad hoc, in silos and sporadically. With Tuwid na Daan, this is just the beginning of many other reforms.)," Roxas remarked.

Roxas has already coordinated with the PNP OIC Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, to ensure that high crime areas of convergence, especially malls in Metro Manila, will be under the close watch of authorities.

"We saturate these areas with police personnel because criminals cluster around commercial areas," said Roxas.

Roxas has also coordinated with PDDG Espina to install checkpoints for public utility vehicles such as vans and taxis on major routes in Metro Manila.

He explained that part of the operation plan was "Pasadya," where police interventions were designed based on the particular features of the environment. Force multipliers such as volunteer radio groups and barangay peacekeeping action teams (BPATs) were also deployed with uniformed police personnel to help provide additional security in convergence areas.

"Everyone should be on board. We welcome the future where all police personnel are doing what they're really supposed to do," Roxas added.

In addition, the DILG has also been active in social media by advising the public to take the necessary precautions to prevent any untoward incidents and to keep their holiday celebrations merry and safe.

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