TECHIES now have a new way to learn or help the Philippine National Police address crime and corruption by just flicking their fingers with the use of “i-Serbis”.
The PNP Information Technology Management System (PNP-ITMS) officially launched the PNP i-Serbis mobile app designed to help the public better understand the PNP’s programs to stem crime and corruption as ordered by President Duterte and PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa.
“We have introduced the latest PNP mobile application i-Serbis which basically is a response to the pronouncement of President Duterte to make use of information technology to reduce red tape and help fight crime and corruption,” said PNP-ITMS director Chief Superintendent Edwin Jose G. Nemenzo.
Nemenzo said the i-Serbis mobile app will allow the public, through their smart phones and gadgets, to view information on the different available PNP services and view infographics on different modus operandi being used by various criminals and crime syndicates.
It will also help users find emergency hotlines and links to other available PNP apps such as the PNP Telephone Directory, PNP Pension, and Bantay-Krimen.
Nemenzo said the i-Serbis app likewise highlights processes and documentary requirements when availing of the services of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office which processes gun and explosives permits and licenses; the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies; the PNP Highway Patrol Group which issues motor vehicle clearance and alarms; the PNP Recruitment Program and other basic clearances.
The official said users of the app could also learn and share different modes being used by cybercrime syndicates and the most common street crimes perpetrated by gangs such as “Ipit Taxi gang”, the sleazy “Dura Boys” gang, the shrewd “Laglag-Barya Gang”, the sly “Salisi Gang”, the dodgy “Tutok-Kalawit” gang, the dubious “Pitas” gang and the crafty “Besfren” gang”.
He said app users can learn all government emergency contact numbers and hotlines. The i-Serbis can be accessed through Google PlayStore and the Apple Store.
The official added that through the mobile app, users can find information on updated results of the ongoing PNP Project: Double Barrrel — the vaunted Oplan: Tokhang and Project: High-Value Target which are all aimed at crushing drug trafficking and abuse; the government’s drug rehabilitation programs and most importantly, tips to prevent, address and report crime to the PNP.
PNP Directorate for Information Communications and Technology Management, Director Napoleon C. Taas commended the PNP-ITMS for coming up with the citizen-friendly mobile application which he said is their prompt response to President Duterte’s call made during his first State-of-the-Nation-Address to make use of information technology to reduce red tape and support the police’s anti-crime efforts particularly against illegal drug trafficking and abuse.
“All the information, requirements and related links needed by our stakeholders, the community in particular are readily available at their fingertips. All their need to do is download this app in their mobile gadgets and connect to the internet,” he said.
Taas expressed belief that the new app would be a real great help “to our mission in providing faster PNP services and eliminating criminal activities by making our fellowmen more aware of what they can do in case of emergency situations.”
The official said that the recently-launched 911 emergency hotline and the “Itaga mo sa Bato” mobile application of the Police-Community Relations Group headed by Senior Supt. Gilberto DC Cruz have been gaining favorable feedback from the people.
“This shows that the cooperation of each and every one today is vital in the government’s thrust for a more peaceful, orderly and secured nation,” he said.
Nemenzo said they came up with the innovative project with the help of their counterparts from the Academe and the Technological Institute of the Philippines.
“I can only sum it up in five words: Imagination is greater than detail,” he said. “We at the PNP ITMS are keeping abreast with the current trends in the IT field considering the fast-paced development in the IT world. This necessitates not only the enhancement of skills and knowledge of personnel on various IT-related matters but also the continuous upgrading and/or acquisition of new hardware, software and data communication facilities,” Nemenzo said.