Eleazar vows law enforcement innovations

Eleazar vows law enforcement innovations

By Tracy Cabrera

According to senatorial aspirant, retired PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, heightened security by the police can help boost the country’s economy. (Photo: Coconuts)

MANILA — In the past few days since he had filed his candidacy for the senatorial derby in next year‘s May 9 elections, Partido Reporma senatorial bet Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar has aligned his focus from general advocacy of enhancing peace and order throughout the country to a legislative agenda of innovating law enforcement functions and other police frontline services in a bid to continue efforts to reform and professionalize the Philippine National Police (PNP) in order for it to be able to immediately and efficiently respond to the needs of the people.

The former PNP chief made this commitment during his visit to Tagum, Davao del Norte, where he was warmly welcomed by local officials that included mayors and barangay officials who all professed their support to the retired general, saying they believe that as a legislator, he would be able to perform as good as when he was the country’s ‘top cop’.

Speaking candidly to Tagum’s local officials and citizenry, Eleazar enthused his intense desire to continue with what he had started in PNP, which includes his Project E-Sumbong, wherein the power of various online platforms are now being used so that the public could easily lodge their complaints and that the police could hasten and improve their monitoring system.

He added that he will likewise push for a more extensive Project E-ACCESS in the PNP, which would as the database of known cybercriminals and their modus operandi that netizens could access to protect themselves from being victimized by cybercrimes.

“Iyong mga isusulong natin na mga programa o mga legislation, ‘yan naman po ay ating inaayos pa pero basically ito po will aggressively push for the state-of-the-art technology so that we can further improve the law enforcement functions as well as to improve the frontline services by the Philippine National Police,” Eleazar stressed in the short speech he delivered at the city’s plaza.

“Palakasin ang ating reporting system na kung saan ay iyan ay sinimulan na natin through the E-Sumbong at on the side of police, mabilis na pagmomonitor nito . . . bottomline, mabilis na pagtugon sa ating mga kababayan,” he added.

The 26th PNP chief also explained that his advocacy for innovation in the PNP’s functions is in line with the plan of Partido Reporma standard-bearer Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson to fully digitalize and automate government agencies in order to minimize and eliminate corruption in society.

“Law enforcement and economic development are two matters which cannot be separated as a prosperous and developed nation has always been anchored to the peace and security situation. Naipakita po natin ang pagtaas ng kumpiyansa, tiwala at respeto ng ating mga kababayan sa ating kapulisan at iyon ang nagtutulak sa akin para maipatuloy itong aking serbisyo,” he said.

“Bilang isang pupunta sa ganitong bagong yugto sa paglilingkod sa ating bayan eh I will be focusing, of course, on the perspective of law enforcement na ating nakita naman na hindi natin puwedeng paghiwalayin sa ating economic development.”

In ending, Eleazar underscored the need to consider security as part of the government’s strategy and agenda in the speedy recovery of the country’s economy.

“Masigla ang ekonomiya kung payapa at ligtas ang ating bayan at ating pamayanan,” Eleazar added,” he concluded. (AI/MTVN)

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