LEGAZPI CITY, Albay (PIA) – In the monthlong celebration of the Police-Community Relations, different agencies simultaneously conduct community activities. These activities have one goal: To deepen and fortify the relationship between the police and the public to attain peace and order.
Atty. Louie Toldanes, Technical Services Chief of the National Police Commission Bicol previously shared at Kapihan sa PIA Bicol that the PCR Month this year is pegged with the theme, “Ugnayang Pulisya at Komunidad Tungo sa Mapayapa, Maayos at Maunlad na Pamayanan.”
This is in pursuit of Proclamation No. 764 mandating the observance of the PCR month which has two salient objectives.
“First, it provides the significance of the role of the communities in crime solutions because the fight against criminality is a shared responsibility. It is not only the job done for the authorities but the public coordination as well. Second, it keeps and improves a good image of the police officers as partners for peace and order, not as enemies,” he said.
While the government makes the law and the police enforce them, the community also has a big role in sustaining peace.
Known as Kaakibat Civic Communicators International Inc., or simply Kaakibat CiviCom, it is a non-government organization that aims to help the community when it comes to the public communications system.
The organization highly provides logistics, volunteers, and support for public relations activities and other advocacies of the Philippine National Police and its lined agencies.
Even though a year old and registered by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2021, Kaakibat has more than one way to help deepen PCR.
“When calamities and disasters occurred, the communication lines got disconnected so our organization will help the authorities get first-hand information through our rescue and aid efforts,” said Ransume Atun, its national public information officer.
Atun said that although an NGO, they involve themselves to be pro-government.
“We from the civilian community, also promote all the programs of government agencies. We are not the ones who get involved in the rebellion,” the spokesperson said.
Atun added that if the public helps in the proper practice of policies and submits to the endeavors of the government, there can be economic growth and security in our country.
Having a good relationship with the government, Atun said that KAAKIBAT becomes the balance system between the government and the public.
“We are the serve as observers in the implementation of the law, and protectors of both civilians and the police. Sometimes, it becomes unfair to easily blame the uniformed personnel for some misconduct when it is rooted in the residents,” he said.
Because of their presence, Kaakibat Albay Chair Nicanor Ayconcho said, helps the police enforce the law in a rightful manner – there is a witness that helps neutralize the situation better.
“If you want to become a member of Kaakibat CiviCom, you should have integrity – a good record in your community and family. Second, you must have the heart to contribute any amount to facilitate the activities of the group. Thirdly, you should be willing to consecrate your time, talents, skills, and knowledge to the group,” Atun said.
Aycocho said that there is also a series of screenings and procedures to undergo to become a member of Kaakibat, and it is open to all Filipinos across walks of life. (PIA5)