MANILA -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), in partnership with the National Police Commission (Napolcom), has launched the People's Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) Online Database System (PODS), which is aimed at improving the status-tracking of cases filed by members of the community against erring police officers.
“Fina-facilitate lang nito yung (It facilitates the) monitoring of cases. Of course, it was faster rather than manual. Effective naman, then naumpisahan na natin (we started it) in 2017. I think there are 455 cases filed against erring police ranks and this year, as of July, I think 380 so if we are to compare it in the previous years, bumababa, actually yung (Actually, there is a downtrend in the) number of cases against our policemen. This only reflects on the discipline or the improved discipline of our policemen,” DILG Undersecretary for Peace and Order Bernardo Florece told reporters after Monday’s launching at Conrad Hotel in Pasay City.
“It's user-friendly. Anybody can access this in the different offices of the DILG as well as the PLEBs can easily upload their cases and then sa amin naman (for us), it can easily monitor yung status of these cases,” he added.
Under Section 43 of Republic Act 6975, there shall be at least one PLEB for every municipality and for each of the legislative districts in a city. The PLEB shall have jurisdiction to hear and decide on citizen's complaints or cases filed before it against erring officers and members of the PNP. There shall also be at least one PLEB for every 500 city or municipal police personnel.
The DILG official said complaints submitted to PLEB can be grounds for the filing of administrative or criminal cases against police officers.
Asked how the public can access the system, Florece answered “they can be given access through our PLEBs kasi yung PLEB naman is community-based. In fact, members of the community ang members nito. We have the member from the Sangguniang Bayan so or Sangguniang Panlalawigan or Panglungsod. Then we have barangay captain to be chosen by the liga and then we have three other members preferably one from member of the Bar, pwede rin yung principal, or any citizen from the community.”
Florece said that out of 1,649 municipalities, 85 percent or 1,403 already have their own PLEBs as of this year.
“As of now, (only) 85 percent [of the municipalities have their PLEBs] pero ang sabi ni (but according to) Secretary (Eduardo) Año, you have to finish this at 100 percent by next year,” he noted.
He stressed that some municipalities, which have yet to establish their own PLEBs, are “problematic areas” due to politics or conflict on who will head the board from the member of the “Sangguniang Panlungsod” or “Sangguniang Bayan”. (PNA)