PROMOTING honesty and transparency as part of their good governance program, the Philippine National Police Headquarters Support Service (PNP-HSS) has launched innovative measures in Camp Crame which can be adapted as PNP ‘best practices’ across the country without police spending so much time and money, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
These ‘best practices’ include the so-called Honesty Glass or the ‘lost and found section’ of the PNP-HSS Service Support Unit headed by Superintendent Peter Limbaoan and the Project FEED-BOX of the HSS Camp Security and Escort Unit’s Base Police Section under Chief Inspector Geoffrey Lim.
Installed at the lobby of the PNP Gymnasium, the PNP-HSS Honesty Glass has seen the return of many items lost by dozens of police officers and men and other visitors of the gym. They include lost mobile phones, driver’s licenses, towels, water bottles, wristwatch, motorcycle helmets, rubber shoes, motorcycle and car keys and different identification cards. All those incidents have been properly documented.
PNP-HSS director, Chief Superintendent Philip Gil M. Phillipps, a lawyer-member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sandiwa’ Class of 1985 and his Command Group are behind the many emerging best practices of the Unit, aided by their Group Advisory Council headed by retired Police General Felizardo M. Serapio Jr.
Plans are already underway to put up more Honesty Glasses or boxes in strategic parts of the camp where ‘Need Help’ signs have also been installed by the PNP-HSS to assist camp residents and visitors in time of emergency.
The ‘Need Help’ program provides Camp Crame personnel and visitors’ numbers that they can call in case of emergencies. Apart from giving directions, HSS policemen also readily help those with deflated tires or malfunctioning vehicles inside the camp.
On the other hand, the HSS-CSEU Project FEED-BOX is short for ‘F-eedbacks, E-ncouragements, Suggestions, E-xperiences and proposed solutions, please D-rop them in this BOX.’
The project replaces the typical suggestion box with a more responsive one to strengthen the feedback mechanism needed by the unit from its clients, community and PNP personnel inside the PNP national headquarters when it comes to housekeeping, security and safety and special services.
“This will help your PNP serve you better,” said Lim. He added that the Project: FEED-BOX reinforces the already existing Project: Need Help.
Recently, the HSS-GAC was adjudged as the Outstanding National Support Unit Advisory Council of the PNP. Chaired by Serapio, now a National Police Commission (Napolcom) Commissioner, the HSS-GAC shared top honors with the Cordillera Police Regional Advisory Council which was named as Outstanding Regional Advisory Council during the 4th founding anniversary of the Center for Police Strategy Management.
The HSS-GAC is playing a crucial role in the no-nonsense transformation program of the PNP-HSS, said Phillipps. Its chairman and his members -- Mr. Louie R. Sarmiento, Ms. Joselyn Gutierrez-Jose, Pastor Arnold Serra, Mr. Michael ‘Mike’ Planas, Ms. Lady Anne Alfonso, Mr. Dennis Ancheta and Mr. Raul Banzon -- have been described as men and women of integrity from different sectors of society like the academe, the business sector, religious, government, sports, music and the media -- many of them critics providing the PNP-HSS ideas and recommendations to transform the unit into a more effective, efficient and credible PNP unit.
These advisers regularly conduct meetings, issue resolutions and help form strategies and other plans for the betterment of the unit particularly when it comes to the so-called ‘best practices’ needed to address internal and external problems and most importantly, provide efficient and non-stop service to the public.
The advisory council members play a crucial role in implementing the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030 or the Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law, said CPS director, Chief Supt. Noel A. Baraceros.
One example of an honest PNP-HSS member is Police Officer 3 Elson Banasan of the Base Police Section. Last July 11, the policeman returned a brown envelope containing P38,000 in cash to its rightful owner earning him citation from his superiors.