The Palawan Police Provincial Office (PPO) said Thursday it had passed the recently concluded performance audit under the PNP’s “PATROL Plan 2030”.
Chief Insp. Salvador Tabi of the PPO’s Police Strategy Management Unit said in a Kapihan hosted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) their confidence is boosted by their success in bringing down the province’s total crime volume (TCV) since 2015.
PATROL or Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and upholding of the Rule-of-Law was formerly called the PNP Integrated Transformation Program-Performance Governance System (PNP ITP-PGS) that aims to reshape the country’s police force from negative public perceptions.
Tabi said from a TCV of 2,084 of both index and non-index crimes in 2015, the PPO succeeded in bringing down the figure in 2016 to 1,744 and last year to 1,385.
“There is a notable decline from 2015 to 2017, and this recorded crime volume involves all reported incidents to the PNP. Not included here were those complainants who directly went to, for example, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI),” he said.
He said the reduction in the recorded TCV of the province is owed to Oplan Lambat Sibat, the PNP’s fight against crime in a deliberate, programmatic, and sustained manner.
It is also owed to the various anti-drug campaigns by the present administration of President Rodrigo Duterte such as Oplans Tokhang and Double Barrel.
“Based on our assessment, the decrease is due to the anti-drug operations of the PNP,” Tabi added.
PPO deputy director for administration Chief Supt. Juan Calaluan explained that though the anti-drug operations were only highlighted sometime in 2016, Oplan Lambat Sibat was persistently and consistently implemented in 2015 in the province.
He added frequent patrolling, the increase in police visibility and presence, Oplan Bakal, and the setting up of checkpoints in strategic locations in Palawan contributed, too, to the drop in the TCV.
“There was also Oplan Lambat Sibat launched in 2015, and this was the fight against crimes in the province. This contributed to the notable decrease in the crime volume until last year, and until now, it is being implemented,” Calaluan said.
He explained that passing the performance audit means that the provincial PPO is helping in the achievement of the visions of the 2030 plan under four stages – implementation, compliance, proficiency, and institutionalization.
Calaluan said the plan keeps the PNP on its toes as it has strategies that are responsive at all times to the needs of the communities.
Tabi explained after passing the initiation stage in April 2014, and the compliance stage in February 2016, they are just waiting for the revalidation to know if they passed the proficiency stage.
“Maraming programa dito ang kasama sa PNP Patrol plan 2030, and in summary ang main purpose talaga nito ay ang pagbabago ng kapulisan,” Tabi told Palawan News.
Tabi mentioned that sometime in 2000, the PNP was called as one of the “most corrupt agencies,” a subject for the heads to establish the PNP ITP-PGS.
“Nagkaroon po ang PNP ng parameter para sukatin ang corruption index within the organization at sa ngayon po malaki na ang pagbabago ng PNP even in crime prevention and crime solution kaya malaki na po ang improvement from early 2000 hanggang sa ngayon,” he added.