ILOILO CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA) - The Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 will be assigning one police officer in each barangay regionwide.
According to PRO 6 Director, Police Brigadier General Rene P Pamuspusan, the order came from Philippine National Police Chief Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, a press release from the PRO 6 Regional Public Information Office said.
The directive is also in line with Cascolan's 9-Point Agenda (Bayanihan Spirit), it noted.
This program is a gesture of the PNP's commitment to pursue police-community partnership in support of a sustained barangay-based anti-crime strategy as a collaboration of the police and the barangay during disaster and emergencies such as this current pandemic, typhoons and the like.
According to the guidelines, the police officers to be assigned in barangays shall preferably be a resident of the barangay where he/she is deployed and must exhibit professionalism, problem-solving ability and initiative.
The police personnel who will be deployed as Pulis sa Barangay must be holding a Police Corporal rank depending on the availability of personnel per station.
"Our personnel must be familiar with the peace and order situation, terrain and culture of the place for him to become an effective Pulis sa Barangay" Pamuspusan said in the press release.
PRO6 made it clear that the designation as Pulis Sa Barangay is an addition to their barangay present duties and responsibilities of the police officer.
The function of the police officer is to serve as conduit between the PNP and the barangay.
They will also be responsible of their schedule on how to serve the barangay, the press release added.
PRO6 also reminded that any activity which shall be undertaken by the Pulis sa Barangay must be made in close coordination with the barangay officials, other key stakeholders and support groups.
"We do not want to interfe. We just want to let the community be actively involved in peacekeeping," Pamuspusan said. (PIA6/PRO6-RPIO)