PNP to secure national ID registration in 32 provinces

Robie de Guzman   •   October 12, 2020   •   606

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Camilo Cascolan has directed police commanders to provide security and assistance in the conduct of mass registration for the National Identification System in 32 provinces that will begin Monday, Oct. 12.

Cascolan said police officers should ensure the security of those hired by the government to collect data, as well as make sure that health safety protocols are observed during the process.

“They should always be visible, number 2 they should always assist, number 3 they should always follow anti-COVID protocols and of course, maintain peace and order,” the PNP chief said during a virtual press briefing.

Ground commanders should also coordinate with the PSA and local government units where the registration process will be held.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has hired 5,000 personnel to conduct interviews and gather data from households in 32 provinces that are considered low-risk areas for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a separate statement, Police Joint Task Force Coronavirus Shield commander Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar stressed that the participation of the police in the national ID registration process is essential in securing both the enumerators/supervisors who are tasked to conduct house-to-house visit and interview residents.

“This entire process is not an easy task especially that there is still a threat of coronavirus infection. We will extend all possible assistance that we could provide to make it easier and safe both for PSA personnel and the local residents,” he said.

The process will prioritize the registration of five million heads of low-income households based on the list of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The first step of the registration process involves going to the houses of selected pre-registrants to gather their information and schedule a date for their visit to the registration center in their respective areas.

The second step involves pre-registrants going to the registration centers on Nov. 25 to fill out forms and capture their biometrics.

The third step is the issuance of the national ID.

The first wave of registration will be conducted in Ilocos Sur, Cagayan, Isabela, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Tarlac, Bulacan, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Albay, Masbate, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Compostela Valley and Tawi-Tawi.

The registration for residents in Metro Manila and other areas will start next year.

The PSA earlier said the registration is voluntary but they would recommend for Filipinos to go through the process as the national ID can help expedite the delivery of government services and assistance to poor families.

The PSA is looking to complete the registration and issue the national ID before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term in 2022. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Ombudsman junks CIDG petition vs Abayalde anew

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has rejected anew the motion filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) seeking the reversal of the decision to acquit former PNP chief Police General Oscar Abayalde of graft charges filed against him.

In its resolution, the Ombudsman said the CIDG’s motion still lack sufficient evidence that will pin down Abayalde to the case.

The resolution added that the CIDG did not submit new arguments that will prove the involvement of the retired general in the case.

The CIDG filed graft charges against Abayalde for his alleged involvement in the anomalous drug operation of police authorities in Pampanga in 2013. —/mbmf

Eleazar orders nighttime patrols for holiday carolers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday directed police personnel to begin nighttime patrols after the government approved the conduct of street caroling this holiday season.

In a statement, Eleazar said the patrols should be conducted to ensure the security and safety of carolers.

“Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na mag-umpisang magsagawa ng mga patrolya tuwing gabi para sa seguridad ng mga nangangaroling at para na rin siguraduhing sumusunod sila sa health protocols,” he said.

Eleazar also urged the public to continue observing health protocols and to not be complacent amid declining COVID-19 cases in the country.

“Kahit pa bumababa ang kaso ng COVID-19, hindi ito dahilan upang maging kampante at magpabaya sa pagsunod sa minimum public health standards,” he said.

The Department of Health earlier said that carolers must wear face mask and face shield as individuals expel more respiratory particles when singing, posing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Eleazar urges support for next PNP chief Dionardo Carlos

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday urged the police force to rally behind the leadership of his successor, Police Lieutenant General Dionardo Carlos.

Carlos was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Eleazar, who is set to retire on Friday, November 13 as he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.

“The President has decided, now is the perfect time for the PNP to express our unity and solidarity behind the chain of command as we welcome a new leader who will ensure continuity of command in our organization,” Eleazar said in a statement.

Eleazar said Carlos needs all the support to face the challenges and accomplish the mission to eradicate criminality and illegal drugs in the country.

“The mission ahead is as huge as the responsibility that rests on the shoulders of General Carlos. I wish him all the best in the new post even as I offer myself in my humble capacity as a retired PNP Chief in whatever assistance I can provide,” he said.

Carlos is a member of Philippine Military Academy Maringal Class of 1988.

Prior to his appointment as the country’s top cop, he served as PNP spokesperson and chief of the Aviation Security Group. He also headed the PNP Directorial Staff.

He will serve as PNP chief until his retirement on May 8, 2022.

 

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