SUMMIT. National Advisory Group for Police Transformation and Development chair, Prudencio J. Gesta (in barong), PNP Deputy Director General Camilo Cascolan; summit host and Laguna 1st District Rep. Arlene Arcillas (3rd from left); PNP Calabarzon Director, Chief. Supt. Edward Carranza; Chief Supt. Noel A. Baraceros (2nd from right), director of the PNP Center for Police Strategy Management, and other Advisory Council officials, grace the opening of the 4th National Advisory Council Summit at the Nuvali in Santa Rosa City, Laguna on Nov. 15, 2018. (Photo by Saul E. Pa-a)
STA. ROSA CITY, Laguna – More than 400 local and regional advisory council members, police officials, and National Police Commission (Napolcom) commissioners nationwide gathered here Thursday to address operations and logistics gaps in the police organization.
Prudencio J. Gesta, chair of the National Advisory Group for Police Transformation and Development, told various stakeholders at the Monochrome Events Place in Nuvali green district here, that the four-day 4th National Advisory Council Summit 2018 aims to showcase the best practices and strong partnership of police units and their various local government and private sector project proponents.
“Your presence here demonstrates your interest in strengthening our partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP), and other government agencies towards the police’s genuine transformation journey across the country, to achieve its vision to become a highly capable, effective, and credible police service,” Gesta said.
He also expressed optimism that the momentum of the police partnership would be sustained as the technical working group ushered in a new leadership and the working committees have arranged pressing and relevant topics to be tackled at the summit that began Nov. 14 and will end on November 17.
He also urged advisory council members to be active and share their best ideas and practices to achieve a highly professional police organization that would attain peaceful communities.
“That’s why we have this annual event summit to ensure that all regions will have their group discussions and the sharing of best practices, unlike before when we keep on blaming the PNP. Now, with the transformation program, we believe that the leadership of the advisory council would be a crucial factor supporting the police transformation program and activities, such as logistics, financial, capacity building and even providing full scholarships to police who died in action and in the line of duty,” Gesta said during a press conference.
The advisory council, which has local, regional and national groups, is the strategy execution partner of the PNP. It plays a crucial role in the successful implementation of the PNP PATROL Plan 2030, an initiative and key element in the police Performance Governance System (PGS).
The advisory group has grown to more than 17,000 external advisers involved in the continuing holistic transformation of the police organization, in what Gesta observed as the growing trust and confidence of the communities in the police.
The PNP’s strategic plan PATROL, which stands for Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law, is anchored on the principle of transparency, accountability, and stakeholder participation through clear and well-defined systems and procedures.
Gesta also assured the advisory group’s continuing support regardless of the change in the PNP leadership and welcomes sectors that could share more ideas, insights and project initiatives in support of police activities even on a phase-by-phase basis as they enhance the cops’ organization performance.
“There is a scientific study that transformation takes time that what we started as the base in 2013, there would be phases in the process until we reach the PATROL PLAN 2030 vision, as the police transformation is also good for the business,” he added.
Gesta said he also looks forward to more stakeholder participation through the establishment of interactive platform in sharing best practices to the cops and their community engagements, which can be readily implemented “now that the trust and confidence on the police have been regained and they are now our critical links in serving the communities.” (PNA)