After the tumultuous and controversial War on Drugs campaign by the previous administration, the NCRPO is taking a different stance in dealing with War on Drugs and unscrupulous criminals. The new leadership of NCRPO Director P/BGen. Jonnel Estomo is determined to bring back the trust of civilians to the PNP through its latest program called S.AF.E., a strategic plan that ensures the safety and protection of communities against criminal elements.
According to PNP Spokesperson PLTCOL Dexter Versola, the S.AF.E. Program was originally implemented when Estromo was the Provincial Director in Cavite. When Estromo was assigned as the Regional Director in Bicol, he replicate the S.AF.E. Program eventually it was recognized as the best performing region beating 17 regional offices nationwide.
S.AF.E. Program was proven and tested which is why NCRPO Director P/BGen. Jonnel Estomo wants to replicate it in NCRPO.
S.A.F.E. NCRPO is part of crime prevention mechanisms anchored by genuine police visibility, law enforcement, and police-community partnership. This implies that Metro cops will be working on the streets of NCR and will be seen and felt by the community at all times, day or night, rain or shine. PNP Spokesperson PLTCOL Dexter Versola said the program seeks to boost police visibility to prevent crimes in Metro Manila.
Upon the resumption of the face-to-face classes last August 2022, PNP spearheaded the “Ligtas Balik Eskwela 2022” wherein 10,000 police personnel excluding the force multiplier which includes security guards, and civic volunteer organization achieved zero incident reports outside the premises of schools and all academic institutions nationwide.
“Habang and mga mamamayan ay tulog, ang kapulisan ay dapat gising para magbantay ng inyong kaligtasan”, that is the marching order of Estomo as reported by PNP Spokesperson PLTCOL Dexter Versola.
Moreover, “the policy statement of our president is to continue the campaign on the War on Drugs but on a different aspect. The focus should be on supply and demand reduction. We will go after the main source”, said PNP Spokesperson PLTCOL Dexter Versola.
PNP Spokesperson PLTCOL Dexter Versola pointed out the good accomplishments of different police districts but he said that police are not omnipresent because of the larger population in NCR and appeals the active participation of the community.
Little did we know that NCRPO Director Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo had a breakfast habit. A regular exclusive breakfast with selected policemen mentioned in the “INFOTEXT” in question or summoned by the internal affairs division. Instead of punitive measures, they are called out and reprimanded to adhere to the norms, courtesy, and discipline of being a law enforcer.
Seeing the radical changes in the leadership of our PNP, I began to conclude that doing the right thing consistently will bring back the glory of PNP. That we can slowly trust the PNP, cautiously maybe.