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Public still trusts cops -- EPD chief

  • Written by Arlene Rivera
  • Published in Metro
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AMID criticism of the Philippine National Police (PNP) “bloody war” on illegal drugs because of the so-called extra-judicial killings, public trust and confidence in cops, particularly to the Eastern Police District (EPD), remained.

A recent survey on the EPD’s performance about the implementation of Project Double Barrel launched by PNP Director General  Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa showed 97.42%  positive perception, meaning the public is still confident that the PNP is loyal to its sworn duties of enforcing the laws and maintaining peace and order.
   
The survey was conducted from September 2016 to October 2016 from 1,304 respondents from five different sectors of the society, namely, the academe (220), religious groups (210), transport group (210), business sector (210) and students (454) in the cities of Pasig, Mandalu-yong, Marikina and San Juan.
   
The respondents were given seven written questions to answer with multiple choices. They have five choices to rate the police in terms of service -- excellent, good, fair, poor and no response.
   
The seven questions asked during the survey rate the overall performance of city police stations, the competency of their police personnel, perception of the attitudes of the police officers you have encountered, our perception on the safety in their community, their perception on the approach of the PNP on its anti-illegal drug campaign and satisfaction with the anti-illegal drug plans and programs and accomplishments of the PNP.
   
Out of the five choices, most respondents marked “Excellent” on the written survey with 42.12%, the 37.30% of the questions on the survey were marked as “Good”, while 18% were marked “Fair”, 3% for “Poor,” and 0.53% for “No response”.
 
According to EPD director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, the survey clearly showed the programs of the EPD, particularly on the campaign against illegal drugs using Oplan Double Barrel, Project Double Tap, Oplan Kalinga, Oplan Surrenderee Data Base, Brigada Tokhang, Rehab sa Barangay and all related projects aimed at totally eliminating the drug menace in the community were  perceived overall by the public very effective.
   
“Nangangahulungan lang ito na lahat nang kam-panya ng EPD laban sa drugs at kriminalidad at pagsisilbi at trabaho ng kapulisan natin ay epektibo at mayroon silang tiwala at kumpiyansa pa rin sa atin sa kabila ng mga negatibong kritisismo sa paglaban natin sa illegal na droga,” Sapitula said.