Over the past six years, the Philippine Government faced different kinds of adversity. To name a few, the terrorist attack of the ISIS-related Maute Group in Marawi City which lasted for over five months; the tragedies and natural calamities which ravaged the country, such as typhoons, floods and volcanic eruptions; the never-ending threat of the extremist CPP-NPA-NDF and the dangling CoVID-19 pandemic, etcetera. But with the persistent desire of the current administration to bring the best to the Filipino people, government remains resilient and expectedly holds its ground by addressing the issue, finding alternatives that would effectively address the existing problems while providing opportunities for people to enjoy better lives and a peaceful and progressive community.
The creation of various programs sponsored by the government with the all-out efforts from every government agency in support to Executive Order Number 70 signed by no less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, intently adopted the whole-of-nation approach in addressing the root causes of the long overdue and prevalent issues the country is facing in the millennium.
On May 30 and May 31, 2022, the Presidential Communications Operations Office, through the Office of the Global Media and Public Affairs (OGMPA), held a two-day summit showcasing the Duterte Administration’s worthwhile achievements at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.
It was a Summit, indeed aimed to let the general public be most aware of the government’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda and achievements, namely: Security; Justice; Peace and Order; Infrastructure Development; Economic Development; Climate Change Adaptation; Mitigation; and Disaster Risk Reduction; Participatory Governance; Human Development, and Poverty Reduction.
The activity is made possible thru the efforts of the administration’s cabinet members who also presented their reports of accomplishments under the leadership of outgoing President Duterte.
Among those who presented the Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana; Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año; Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista; Public Works Acting Secretary Roger Mercado; Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade; Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III; Environment Acting Secretary Jim Sampulna; and Presidential Adviser for CoVID response Vince Dizon.
They were also joined by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Mara Theresa Lazaro; Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency head Wilkins Villanueva; Presidential Task force on Media Security Undersecretary Joel Egco; and Philippine National Police Officer-in-Charge Vicente Danao Jr., who proudly represented the 225,000 strong and active personnel, and wholeheartedly thanked PRRD for the unwavering support to the organization and to all uniformed personnel.
It is notable that during the Duterte administration, PNP acquired more firearms, vehicles and communication equipment. Having only three aircraft in 2016, this went up to 13 units in 2022; and from 170 watercraft in 2016, this went up to to 353 in 2022. PNP has now a total of 22, 142 land vehicles from 18, 018 recorded in 2016. With regards to firearms, PNP now has a total of 419, 902, which almost doubled in number from 213, 927 in the year 2016.
PNP’s increase in communication equipment was also significant in 2022 which reached to 58, 485 units, compared to 33, 849 in 2016. The PNP Anti-Terrorism equipment also significantly increased in number, from 20,300 units in 2016, to 121, 517 units in 2022. So as with its Investigative equipment, from 4,169 in 2016, to 5,255 units in 2022. Anti-illegal drugs operations were also intensified as part of Duterte’s “War on Drugs,” with 23, 250 successful operations in 2016. To date, 322, 836 operations were conducted.
It was during PRRD’s dispensation that the massive increase of base pay for police personnel has taken place.
Indeed, it may be said that the prelude to the “Golden Era” for the Philippine National Police has begun, truly uplifting the morale of every police officer to perform beyond best in the name of public service.
PLtGen Vicente D. Danao, Jr., PNP’s Officer-in-Charge, also presented the organization’s significant accomplishments in its Internal Cleansing Operation during the Duterte leadership, which resulted to 37,690 erring personnel penalized, the 773 of which were dismissed, and 223 were either demoted, suspended or reprimanded.
“We assure our outgoing Commander-in-Chief that the Golden era of PNP is about to come. We will uphold the vision and aspirations of President, Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte, towards the attainment of our vision to be a highly capable, effective and credible police force,” Gen. Danao added.