EGALITARIAN| When at the PNP summit

I AM WITH CIVILIANS and men and women in uniform converge together to understand and share experiences as advisory councils, and at the same time listen to the reformation journey of the PNP as an institution. The 3rd National Advisory Council Summit of the PNP in Cebu is a venue of advisory councils of the various regional offices and national support units to learn from each other lessons and challenges in aiding the PNP towards expertise in implementing the Performance Governance System (PGS). In simpler terms, PGS is making the PNP be more accountable in its promises of public safety service, making those promises measurable in context of its functions and organizational competencies. Organizationally, the PGS of the PNP is a monitoring tool where targets are enumerated and measured towards the vision of creating a safe community where people can live, work and do business. The core of the summit is the story of the transformation of the PNP.

To begin with, the transformation started by severing itself from its predecessor, the feared PC-INP that was created in 1975. To free itself from the knuckles of brute impressions, it has to break away from its old self. Dropping the term constabulary, Philippine National Police was created in 1990. Eight years after, the PNP reformation program was initiated to move towards maturity and stability. Fifteen years after, impact evaluation of the reform was conducted done by the Ordonez Commission, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the internal PNP transformation plan.

As an academician and a researcher, this is coming as a point of impressions change. The police do not only do crime prevention and crime resolution functions. Lo and behold, the police with its 190,000 uniformed personnel is creating a results-based public safety, law enforcement, crime prevention activities. It is emerging as an organization offering a brand new public safety service while squarely address widespread corruption within the organization, criminality in the streets, the rampant sale of illegal drugs, illegal gambling, violent extremism, terrorism and the internal security operations, and disaster response.

There is yet another striking point I realized. For so many years, the PNP embarked on institutional reforms based on independent researches. Again, this is very highly reinforcing. Findings of a study are used to improve the institution. The PNP adheres to empirical-based decision-making; numbers talk! This is research utilization. This is, in fact, empirical-based reformation.

While the PNP is doing its own reform, it fits itself into the Long-Term Philippine Development Plan “Ambisyon Natin 2040” thru the mandate of ensuring order and unity all throughout the country. The PNP complements efforts to achieve development. There could never be development if there is no sustained peace and order. After all, the community is the police and the police are the community. The summit of the Summit is the renewed message of transformation where everyone can actively participate; the transformation of the PNP is the transformation of the country as well!

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