Strategy map, governance scorecard of national police [Conclusion)

Published by rudy Date posted on April 5, 2010

For tourist destinations, the initiative is to have gun-free zones and discipline zones. The targets are: 10 percent in 2010; 50 percent in 2020; and 100 percent in 2030.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) also has an integrated area community safety plan pitched to provinces with peace zones. Only 10 percent of provinces shall be covered in 2010; the percentage covered rises to 50 percent in 2020, and 75 percent in 2030.

Finally, at the grassroots level, at the level of the barangays, the PNP proposes to have Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams: in 2010, 30 percent of barangays shall have such teams; in 2020, the figure rises to 90 percent; and in 2030, it goes to 100 percent.

These initiatives are aimed at forging closer partnerships mainly with provinces and cities, down to the last municipality and barangay. Through them, the PNP hopes to win increasing stakeholders’ support. With such support, which increases every year, the PNP should be well on its way to becoming a “highly capable, effective and credible police service” by 2030.

Resource management and anti-corruption

On top of the list of concerns under this priority is the sincerity within the PNP in “fighting corruption.” The initiatives the PNP commits to pursue in order to more properly address its concern about minimizing graft and eventually eliminating corruption are manifold.

Among these are: implementation of the PNP Citizens’ Charter; strengthening the bids and awards committee; implementation of the customized procurement manual and of the management system this calls for; implementation of its Integrity Development Program; and finally, pursuit of ISO certification [ISO are the French initials of the International Organization for Standardization]. It is an impressive list.

In order to measure progress in its fight against corruption, the PNP proposes to develop a ‘sincerity index in fighting corruption”. This, it estimates, would start at a low base of minus 9 percent in 2010. It should then move to positive territory, reaching 10 percent in 2020, and 50 percent in 2030. Progress in meeting these targets is well worth focusing on.

Another major concern relates to the planning and budgeting process. There is need for a more efficient and much tighter synchronization of all the elements in this process. This is to be complemented by enhancement of all operations related to budget preparation, including the eventual institutionalization of its program review analysis.

Planning and budgeting process

A baseline measure for synchronization of the planning and budgeting process should be taken in 2010, and a program should be in place such that by 2020, the measure will report 100 percent synchronization (and this to be maintained up to 2030 and beyond). For the measure to use in tracking progress towards making its budget preparation and program review meet professional requirements, the PNP proposes to move towards 100 percent compliance with audit requirements in 2010. It shall maintain 100 percent compliance in subsequent years.

A third concern is connected with improved PNP capability to prove that with the resources the national government sets aside for its police service, the PNP is fully deserving of the budget support it obtains.

In this regard, the PNP commits to sustain its implementation of the PNP Capability Enhancement Program. This would include the implementation of a Logistics Information Management System, integration of its Police Data Warehousing and of its Ballistics Information System, as well as the automation of its Fingerprinting Information System.

It is an ambitious program, which should result in raising its police capability index from 45 percent in 2010 to 75 percent in 2020, and 100 percent in 2030. Under this capability index, there are more specific measures and targets. Thus, for mobility index, this rises from 70 percent in 2010 to 90 percent in 2020, and 100 percent in 2030. For firearms: the figure is 55 percent in 2010 and 80 percent in 2020; for communication, it starts with 15 percent in 2010 and moves up to 75 percent in 2020; and finally, investigative equipment, the base line number for 2010 is 30 percent, and this goes up to 75 percent in 2020. All these targets shall rise to 100 percent in 2030. A next concern revolves around enhancement of regular PNP resources that the general appropriations of the national government would provide the PNP and in view of the demonstrated PNP capability, which is surely being enhanced. In order to pursue its revenue and resource mobilization strategy, to complement resources from the national budget coffers, the PNP shall formalize support arrangements it can obtain from the cities, provinces and municipalities it serves. It shall also pro-actively conduct a donors’ forum through which project sponsorships can be obtained.

[The discussion of the PNP’s good PGS governance strategy and road map continues for some 3,000 more words. It details other aspects of how this key government agency will continue to transform itself. In the words of its vision statement: “Imploring the aid of the Almighty, By 2030, we shall be a highly capable, effective and credible police service working in partnership with a responsive community towards the attainment of a safer place to live, work and do business.”]

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