PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Ricardo C. Marquez yesterday said the PNP ‘Oplan: Lambat-Sibat’ has proven to be a major factor in addressing crimes in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon region but more has to be done to further improve its implementation nationwide.
The PNP chief said that since it was implemented last year, the program has been continuously reviewed and findings show that there are indeed some areas that need to be strengthened for it to become more effective.
This includes the reporting system which is vital in the efficient validation of data for crime analysis. According to the PNP chief, the PNP Directorate for Investigation headed by Director Benjamin B. Magalong is now preparing the implementation of a GIS (Geographical Information System)-based reporting to hasten the submission, processing and analysis of crime reports from the 18 Police Regional Offices in the country.
Gen. Marquez also said there is a need to fully explain the integration of Patrol 101 to the ‘Lambat-Sibat’, stressing that patrolling is the real backbone of ‘Lambat-Sibat’ and lastly, the need for continuous validation of crime statistics.
Having proven to be a success in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon region, the PNP chief said they are now ready to implement Managing Police Operations ‘Lambat-Sibat’ nationwide although there are preparatory activities that police stations need to accomplish prior to the implementation of the system.
Among these activities are the validation of crime statistics in every station, the conduct of social investigation for every municipality, the conduct of threat assessment and the engagement with Local Government Units to inform them about the gains of Oplan: Lambat-Sibat.
“We are reviewing it and we found some areas that needs to be strengthened. In Metro Manila, there is a need to enhance the reporting system of Lambat-Sibat for a more efficient collation of data which will be used for crime analysis,” he said.
The PNP chief said that once the ‘Lambat-Sibat’ reporting system and the DIDM-GIS system are fully implemented, there will be a much easier system of submitting police reports and analysis. He also underscored the need for the PNP to conduct trainors’ training and the integration of Patrol 101 and Lambat-Sibat in all courses being offered by the Philippine Public Safety College.
The PNP Directorate for Intelligence headed by Director Generoso R. Cerbo Jr. is continuously assessing reports on the accomplishments of all police regional units when it comes to their program to neutralize the Top 10 Most Wanted Persons in their areas.
He also gave emphasis on the crime situation in a particular area, how it progresses and the interventions which will be calibrated and applied to enhance the crime solution and crime reduction strategy.
“This is everybody’s business. All police commanders should emphasize to their chiefs of police that this Lambat Sibat ay hindi pa tsamba-tsamba, everyday eto ang magiging breakfast nila, na pag-umpisa pa lang ng araw ay dapat alamin na nila ang crime statistics ng area nila,” said Cerbo.
Recently, Gen. Marquez led the launching of the Oplan: Lambat-Sibat and Managing Police Operations manual at Camp Crame. The manual include protocols and guidelines on the nationwide cascading of Lambat-Sibat for an effective, efficient and orderly flow of Managing Operations Patrol in the organization, said PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent Wilben M. Mayor.
Officials batted for the need to sustain the conduct of the PNP Oplan: Lambat-Sibat all over the country to keep the streets 24/7 much safer by hauling more criminals to jail.
PNP-DI Investigation Operations Division chief, Senior Supt. Mariel M. Magaway also encouraged concerned citizens to join the PNP Oplan: Lambat-Sibat Volunteer Program which encourages individuals to become the PNP’s partner in its campaign against all forms of criminality by providing information thru text or SMS.
Magaway said the Lambat-Sibat Volunteer Program which started last November 23 now has 37,000 volunteers who are utilizing the PNP INFO TXT System being processed in the Camp Crame Computer System. The system can accommodate numerous messages centered on crime incidents and other concerns.
Magaway said all PNP Provincial Offices are required to recruit a minimum of 60 volunteers a month.
For his part, National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Joel D. Pagdilao said they have proven the success of the campaign in the metropolis and thus, continue the steady decrease of crime incidents.
So far this year, NCRPO agents have captured over 200 most wanted persons under the watch list they have prepared. Last week, more than 100 persons, many of them found to be involved in illegal activities were rounded up by the Southern Police District headed by Chief Supt. Henry Rañola Jr.
Among those arrested by NCRPO agents so far this year were NCR’s 2nd most wanted person Jaymar Guzon, Rogelio Manguney, Reginald Ellio alias ‘Argie,’ and Raymond de la Cruz alias ‘Egoy.’
Pagdilao also called on his men to maintain the highest state of operational readiness and performing their mandated tasks with the highest regard for protection of human rights in order to gain the trust and confidence of the public.
“We would also like metro citizens to be our active partners and to be always vigilant in reporting suspicious persons, activities and vehicles in their immediate surroundings to the nearest police station or thru Patrol 117 and other police hotlines,” he said.
The official issued the appeal anew as he bared that seven ‘priority crimes’ are continuing to register a downtrend citing the comparative weekly average from January to June 2014 versus the data validated from July 28 to October 4 this year.
He said murder and homicide cases went down from 37 to 23 or down by 14 or 37.83 percent during the period in review while robbery/theft went down from 838 to 287 or down by 551 or 65.75 percent. On the other hand, carnapping cases went down from 39 to 5 or down by 34 or 87.17 percent; motornapping from 42 to 41 or a decrease by 1 or 2.3 percent; and physical injury from 183 to 90 or down by 93 or 50.82 percent.
Pagdilao said that when it comes to their ‘Sibat’ targets from July 27 to last October 24, they have already arrested 228 or 51.81 percent of the most wanted persons in the metropolis from their base data of 440.
Others arrested were 223 out of the 440 Top 10 most notorious drug personalities in the metropolis or 50.68 percent of the base data; as well as 46 leaders or members of most wanted criminal gangs out of the 230 in their lists.