LOS ANGELES — The Philippine National Police is reaching out to overseas Filipinos with its global Police Community Relations program.
They’ve been criticized by many for their role in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
But the PNP is out to build stronger ties with overseas Filipinos, with their global police community relations initiative.
Through the website, pcrg.pnp.gov.ph, as well as Twitter and Facebook, Filipinos will have a chance to report crimes from abroad, while seeking assistance from Philippine-based law enforcement.
“So we’ll be able to answer whatever concerns or queries, or in our own little way, we’ll be able to address their problems,” says Pcsupt Rhodel Sermonia. “Especially the emotional problems that they will encounter if their loved ones left in the Philippines are encountering also some emotional problems.”
Filipinos in Los Angeles, with ties back in the Philippines, were already quick to express concerns over crime in their neighborhood.
But aside from the tips that may prevent crimes, Sermonia says the global PCR will also give a chance to show some of the rehabilitation and livelihood programs in the Philippines.
“Of course another objective, to show all our kababayns all over the world that the Philippine government under the leadership of our President Duterte is again coming up with a very strong program which is the taping malasakit, or shall we say courage and compassion program, and would like to show to you this global PCR that another malasakit more than 10 million Filipinos all over the world.”
Sermonia adds that the creating global community relations has also helped open the door for other international law enforcement agencies to do partnerships with the PNP.
Aside from a strong online and social media component, part of the initiative will include police attaches based in San Francisco and as well as one in the East Coast.