THE Philippine National Police-Information Technology Management System (PNP-ITMS) yesterday officially launched the PNP iSerbis 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. dela Rosa.
“We are proud to formally introduce the latest PNP mobile application iSerbis 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 iSerbis mobile app will allow the public, thru their smart phones and gadgets, to view information on the different available PNP services and view infographics on criminals’ modus operandi.
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.
A member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1985, Nemenzo said the iSerbis 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 that thru the mobile app, users can find information on updated results of the ongoing PNP Oplan: Tokhang and Project: Double Barrel all aimed at crushing drug trafficking and abuse in the country; the government’s drug rehabilitation programs and tips to prevent, address and report crime to the PNP.
Nemenzo said they include different modes being used by cybcercrime syndicates and the most common crimes taking place in the streets including those being perpetrated by so-called ‘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 that thru the mobile app, users can learn all government emergency contact numbers and hotlines. The iSerbis can be accessed thru android and iOS gadgets through the Google PlayStore and the Apple Store.
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.
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 they 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 everyone today is vital in the government’s thrust for a more peaceful, orderly and secured nation,” he said.