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PNP steps up police reform efforts in Siquijor

by Rizalie Anding Calibo

Siquijor (20 October) -- The local Philippine National Police here, through the leadership of Siquijor Police Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Efren H. Ysulat is intensifying police reform in Siquijor province through various local inititiaves.

"This is in adherence to the the PNP's Integrated Transformation Program (ITP)," he said.

Specifically, the PNP director said, he is emphasizing "tamang bihis" among PNP personnel which he also said is a symbol of "police authority and public trust", along with spiritual nourishment and moral values enhancement as essential ingredients to achieving reforms.

For human resource development, Ysulat said, some of his personnel have undergone mandatory and specialization training, as he encouraged more to do the same.

Ysulat claimed that the vigorous implementation of the Transformation Program has already resolved many organizational dysfunctions and has significantly improved the quality of police services in the province citing among others the acquisition of new patrol cars that has significantly improved the mobility and capability of the three police stations namely, Siquijor, Larena and Maria and the allocation for new building and equipment facilities for the Larena Police Station.

Significant reforms among his personnel's behavior towards work and people, and improvement in the cleanliness and orderliness of offices and police station is also very visible, he said.

Asked how it contributed to the PNP's campaign against criminality, Ysulat affirmed the province's crime volume from January September this year has significantly reduced compared to the same period of last year.

Meanwhile, as part of the Transformation Caravan from October 12 t0 15, the local PNP has initiated local activities that started with a simultaneous coastal clean-up drive by all police stations and the provincial command in the morning of October 12 and a tree planting inside the camp premises in the afternoon.

On October 13, a series pulong-pulong/dialaogues were conducted with the high school students of Ponong and Cang-alwang High Schools and on October 14, a media forum on "Transformation Caravan: Pushing Forward the Genuine PNP Transformation" with chief of police of each municipality and SPPO staff officers and a medical and dental mission at Barngay Caipilan, Siquijor, Siquijor.

The weeklong Tranformation Caravan was culminated with a Torch run that symbolizes the ongoing efforts of the PNP to effect genuine transformation in the organization throughout the country.

The PNP's ITP covers 10 major areas that should undergo reforms to transform the PNP into a capable, effective and credible police force.

These are national policy and institutions development; police operations; facilities development; human resources development; administrative and financial management; strategic planning and performance management; information and communication technology; demonstration of excellence through development of best practices; public information and advocacy; and reform management. (PIA) [top]

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