Velasco: Police-public cooperation a must for effective law enforcement
MANILA, Philippines — Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Monday underscored the importance of cooperation between police and local communities in ensuring peace and order in the country.
In an event commemorating the 26th Police Community Relations Month at the Philippine National Police-National Capital Region Police Office (PNP-NCRPO) headquarters in Taguig City, Velasco said for law enforcement to become effective, the police must have the active support and assistance of citizens and communities.
“Kailangan natin ang kooperasyon ng ating mamamayan upang lalong mapagbuti ang pagmamatyag laban sa krimen, iligal na droga, at terorismo,” said Velasco.
(We need the cooperation of our citizens to further improve our guard against crime, illegal drugs and terrorism)
“Kailangan ang kritikal na pakikipagtulungan hanggang sa hanay ng barangay upang masiguro natin na mas magiging payapa ang ating mga kabahayan at komunidad,” he added.
(Critical cooperation down to the barangay level is needed to ensure that our households and communities are more peaceful.)
Velasco also recognized the PNP’s contributions in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa malaking ambag ng ating mga pulis upang mapanatili ang kapayapaan at kaayusan sa ating bansa. Batid po natin na lalong tumindi ang trabaho ng ating mga pulis dahil sa umiiral na pandemya,” Velasco said.
(I thank the police for their huge contribution in ensuring peace and order in the country. I know that their job has become even harder because of the ongoing pandemic)
The Police Community Relations Month is an annual celebration pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 764. The month-long celebration aims to develop closer interaction between the police and the communities they serve in handling peace and order concerns.
Velasco was invited as guest of honor and speaker at the celebration by NCRPO chief Gen. Vicente Danao Jr.
After the event, Velasco received a briefing from Danao and other NCRPO officials about the security preparations for the sixth and final State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte that will be held at the Batasan Pambansa on July 26.
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