By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now working for a communication platform where Filipinos abroad can seek assistance for their distressed relatives in the country, or even for themselves while working or traveling abroad.
Chief Supt. Rhodel Sermonia, head of the PNP’s Police Community Relations Group (PCRG), said the first phase of their project is the coordination with Philippine government agencies like the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to maximize the reach of the program.
Dubbed as the “Pulis Global PCR,” Sermonia said their motivation in launching the program is the presence of Filipinos in almost any part of the world as well as the rising number of volunteer groups willing to extend assistance to the police.
“We will also be enhancing networks between PNP and law enforcement units abroad in order to ensure the protection of Filipinos worldwide by way of endorsing/harnessing foreign-based Filipino organizations to PNP counterparts in different countries as partners and volunteer force multipliers in promoting peace and order in the host countries and in addressing transnational crimes,” Sermonia said.
“In addition, we will also mobilize and empower communities of foreigners legally residing in the Philippines as partners and force multipliers of the PNP in addressing security and safety concerns of foreigners and as conduits of the PNP to their respective embassies in matters related to transnational crimes and terrorism,” he added.
The official said they will also strike partnership and cooperation with Filipino organizations abroad for the launch of various community relations efforts of PNP in their respective countries of origin.
At present, he said the target pilot projects are countries with the most number of Filipinos.
“Our prime objective is to address specific concerns of Filipinos abroad affecting their families in the Philippines in terms of security, public safety, and peace and order, thereby giving them peace of mind,” Sermonia said.
“Likewise, winning their hearts and minds could also be vital in harnessing their potentials in providing relevant and vital information that may be critical to law enforcement,” he added.