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PNP releases safety and security handbook for media practitioners

by RG Alama

Davao City (22 October) -- The Philippine National Police through its Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management has released a safety and security manual for media practitioners.

Entitled as the Handbook on Personal Security Measures For Media Practitioners, the manual is aimed to guide members of the media on the basics of securing themselves and their families, determining possible threats and improving communication among concerned authorities particularly the local PNP unit.

"This handbook will give you tips on how to secure yourself on a given situation." Supt. Jose Jorge Corpuz, Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the Police Regional Office XI told the writer while distributing the handbooks to members of the Davao City media during a AFP/PNP press corps media forum held at the Task Force Davao Headquarters last Thursday (Oct. 21).

"This is free and it will be distributed to media practitioners all over the country." Corpuz said.

The 48-page handbook deals with various aspects of protective measures like Threat detection and assessment, surveillance detection; security (residential, vehicle, travel, workplace, children and personal), dealing with phone and text threats and responding to mail and postal bombs. Also tackled in tackled in the handbook is fire safety.

"Treat it as your bible." Corpuz advised the mediamen during the distribution of the handbook.

The handbook is part of the PNP's Task Force Usig Security Education Program for media practitioners spearheaded by Police Chief Superintendent Alex Paul Monteagudo Deputy Director of DIDM.

In his foreword in the booklet, Police Chief Superintendent Arturo Cacdac, Director of the DIDM cited that the publication and release of the handbook is in line with the call of President Noynoy Aquino's call of ensuring the security of media practitioners.

From 2001 to July 2010, PNP's Task Force Usig has recorded 39 fatal incidents of violence directed against members of the media. (PIA XI) [top]

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