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PIA Press Release
2009/02/12

PNP ready for challenges for global crisis

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (12 February) -- Amidst the global economic crisis, the Philippine National Police (PNP) vows to maintain peace and order in the countryside.

Police Director General Jesus Verzosa said that the PNP is ready to face the challenges brought about by the current global recession.

Verzosa, in the PNP online news, revealed that they have already drawn up measures to maintain peace and order, particularly against those who would take the opportunity amidst the crisis.

"We met the new year with a global recession. Experts predict a crisis in employment, food, gas and a downtrend in the economy. Some even forecast a breakdown in law and order when hunger and poverty rise," he said.

He added that "notwithstanding a doomsday scenario, the PNP will ensure that peace and order is maintained."

Verzosa added that the PNP shall strongly respond to lawless elements who may take advantage of the situation.

The police will deliver public safety services in areas where it matters most, he said, adding that visibility patrols will also be sent in crime-prone areas and in the countryside that may be threatened by insurgent activities.

"We will not let our guard down and not fail the great expectations of all the Filipino people," Verzosa added.

He also disclosed that the PNP is currently undertaking a "painful yet stronger reform agenda" under the Integrated Transformation Program.

"It is my dream that I shall retire and leave a legacy of having restored the respect which every man and woman of the PNP truly deserve," he explained.

Verzosa admitted that it is his "burning desire" to break away from the age-old perception of the police and "bring back the honor and nobility of the profession." (PIA) [top]

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