P8-B increase for public safety fund beefs up law enforcement agencies
Tacloban City (September 7) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's announcement that the national allocation for public order and safety will rise by more than P8 billion from this year's P64.9 billion to P73.3 billion in 2008 will surely beef up the capabilities of government law-enforcement agencies as guardians of peace, order and public safety.
The President said that P1 billion of the additional budget will be spent on new firearms and vehicles for the Philippine National Police (PNP), recruitment of new policemen and the purchase of new crime equipment to bolster PNP's investigative capability.
The increase in allocation will make the country get closer to its 2010 target of one policeman for every 500 residents. This year, the President said that with the 20,000 policemen hired this year, the ratio is one policeman for every 625 people.
More policemen will be hired next year with the increased allotment. Moreover, about 500 cars will be bought to increase police mobility and ability to respond to calls for help by the people.
Meanwhile, the Department of Interior and Local Government reported that all index crimes were down by 15 percent.
The mission of the Philippine National Police is to enforce the law, to prevent and control crimes, to maintain peace and order, and to ensure public safety and internal security with the active support of the community.
The operational thrusts of the PNP include anti-criminality, anti insurgency, anti-terrorism and police community relations.
The PNP is striving to achieve at least 5% reduction of street crimes through increased police visibility, sustained night watch operations, continuous conduct of checkpoints and checkpoints operations, deployment of police detectives to arrest criminals in buses and jeepneys and other places of convergence and establishment of police outposts in crime prone areas.
Under the anti-criminality thrust, also come the continuous strengthening of police stations and intensified anti-crime operations against all forms of criminality.
On anti-insurgency, the PNP adopts new and active support by dismantling politico-military structure of the LCTs, conducting special intelligence projects and maintaining a barangay information network, among others.
On anti-terrorism, the PNP is strengthening intelligence sharing through linkages with other regional intelligence community. (PIA 8) [top]