Calabarzon PNP, DILG IV-A, to revive community-based anti-criminality strategy

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Targeting to enhance the peace and order situation in the Calabarzon Region, the DILG IV-A, Police Regional Office IV-A and other regional law enforcement agencies have joined forces in reviving the concept of a community-based anti-criminality strategy.

Complementing the MASA MASID (Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga), proponent agencies believe that this program dubbed as Project Community Mobilization will make the region a safer place to live and work.

Calabarzon Regional Police Chief Superintendent Ma O R Aplasca said that this project will allow citizens to work hand-in-hand with the law enforcement agencies in fighting all forms of lawlessness, insurgency, and illegal drugs through information and intelligence gathering. PC/Supt. Aplasca added that the community defense system follows

PC/Supt. Aplasca added that the community defense system follows strong and sustainable phases—organization; education and empowerment; implementation; monitoring; evaluation; and certification. Under the program, every 10 households will be organized into clustered groups and their leaders will be trained by the police on how to prevent crimes—from identifying criminals up to countering and neutralizing them. A policeman will be assigned as a liaison for every clustered group in every barangay. As the program goes along, the 10 households will multiply until they penetrate the entire barangay.

To establish a strong framework for the proposed project, proponent agencies rolled out series of consultative meetings with key stakeholders across the region.

During the said meetings, PRO IV-A and DILG IV-A sought recommendations and suggestions from various anti-crime groups, civic groups, NGOs and religious groups that might help to further strengthen the program.

In his message during one of the consultative meetings, DILG IV-A Regional Director Manuel Q. Gotis, CESO III has called on local stakeholders to support the said community-based anti-criminality project.

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Regional Director Gotis added that the Project Community Mobilization also targets to revitalize the registry of inhabitants in every barangay through an online registry database. Through the creation of this system, Regional Director Gotis said that it will be easier for the barangay and law enforcement agencies to identify bona fide residents thus avoid unrecorded in-migration specifically those drug personalities and other criminals who are trying to hide and avoid authorities by frequently changing their residence.

Project Community Mobilization was a result of the collaborative efforts of the PRO IV-A, DILG IV-A, and the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Calabarzon consonant to the national government’s fight against illegal drugs.

The proponent agencies target to launch the project in August 2017.

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