By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — A joint pact to provide a framework for cooperation and facilitate collaboration in advocating the prevention of online and offline child sexual abuse and exploitation by employing trainings and tools development as well as network-building and awareness has been concretized through the formal signing of Memorandum of Agreement between the Philippine Nationa Police and the Stairway Foundation, Inc, (SFI) on Monday that also coincided with the traditional Flag Raising Ceremony.

The forging of efforts between the two organizations was held on March 28, 2022, in Camp Crame, Quezon City, with PNP Deputy Chief for Administration Police Lt. Gen. Rhodel O Sermonia representing PNP Chief, Police General Dionardo B Carlos.

Present during the signing of the MOA was SFI Executive Director, Mr. Lars Christian Jorgensen.

“On this auspicious occasion, we are joined by STAIRWAY FOUNDATION, INC. (SFI) in the challenging task of protecting our children from various forms of abuse, violence and exploitation and in ensuring the fulfillment of their basic rights to survival, development, protection and participation as enshrined in the Constitution and other related laws”, PLTGen Seremonia said.

“This accord that we just signed is a demonstration of our unceasing commitment to develop and evaluate the implementation of the best strategies in order to promptly respond to specific issues that may arise when dealing with crimes involving children”, PLtGen Sermonia added.

Likewise coinciding with the event is the awarding of Plaque of Appreciation to the members of the PNP National Headquarters-Bids and Awards Committees (NHQ-BAC), Technical Working Group and stakeholders.

According to PNP Director for Logistics, PMGen Ronaldo E Olay, the country’s premier police organization has successfully procured 17 various projects with a total amount of PhP3,514,335,399.00 under their Capability Enhancement Program (CEP) 2020 and 2021, and conducted 7 out of 12 Early Procurement Activities for CEP 2022 which is beyond the 50% requirement of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB).

PMGen Olay said that on February 9, 2022, the PNP NHQ-BAC presented to PNP Chief PGen Carlos the newly procured equipment such as high-speed tactical watercraft, Brand New Utility Truck and Medium Troop Carrier, and patrol jeeps, among others.

Meanwhile, PLtGen Sermonia lauded the awardees from the PNP, NAPOLCOM, People Power Volunteers for Reforms (PPVR), and Commission on Audit for making sure that the procurement projects of the PNP were done through Competitive Public Bidding and have passed the very rigid and strict post-qualification procedures as well as in ensuring that the procurement processes are truly transparent, corrupt-free and beneficial to the government.

Capping the event was the presentation of “Certificate of Recognition of Information System Proposal” to the PNP Directorate for Logistics for the certification of the PNP Logistics Data Information and Management System (PNP LDIMS) as an Information System as well as the awarding of Medalya ng Katangi-tanging Gawa and Plaque of Recognition to the PNP personnel behind the PNP LDIMS.

The PNP Logistics Data Information and Management System is a one-stop-shop which maintains a central database that provides relevant information of all PNP logistical assets in real-time, verifies PNP personnel accountabilities and provides easy access in the issuance of clearances for retiring PNP personnel, thus, is a key asset in boosting the operational as well as the administrative readiness of all police units, nationwide.

“This is another solid testament that bolsters professional and cutting-edge logistics services as we make the PNP relevant and responsive to the emerging needs of the community for public safety and security. As we look forward to the logistical challenges of the PNP relative to the May 9, 2022 Local and National Elections and the Post-Election day security scenarios, the PNP LDIMS is an advantage for the quick mobilization of our troops and assets especially in areas with history of election-related violence”, PLtGen Sermonia said. (ai/mtvn)

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