On July 27, 2022, the Police Community Affairs and Development Group, formerly known as Police Community Relations Group commemorated its 30th Founding Anniversary, being the frontline of the Philippine National Police towards forging a dynamic and harmonious connection between the police and the community.
The Group is the lone operating unit under the Directorate for Police Community Relations and has long been leading the PNP in its diplomatic relationships within and among the community.
The aim of sustaining a peaceful, orderly, progressive and reliable community in every corner of the country became crucial blood vessels that consistently give life to the group’s very existence, motivating every personnel to remain persistent in its mandate, becoming PNP warrior diplomats who inform, engage, influence and lead the community towards nation building and sustainable development.
The occasion was highlighted with the presentation of the different milestones of the Group and its significant transformation towards attaining a sustainable police community relations, thirty years beginning from its foundation, followed by the awarding ceremony of the Group’s outstanding division and personnel.
PCADG was first known as the Civil Relations and Information Group (CRIG) in 1983 under the former Philippine Constabulary-Integrated National Police (PC/INP). With the birth of the Philippine National Police in 1991, it was renamed to Civil Relations Center (CRC), and later in the same year, was renamed to Police Relations Center (PRC). In 1993, it became the Police Community Relations Center (PCRC), and later, in 1997, was tagged as the Police Community Relations Group (PCRG). In 2019, it was re -established under a more appropriate name, Police Community Affairs and Development Group (PCADG) to further adapt to and extend the scope of operations in force of General Orders DPL 18-01.
Earlier this year, the Group has completely established its Regional Police Community Affairs and Development Units (RPCADUs) in all the 17 regions of the country. Said regional units are deployed with competent and credible personnel who aid every police regional office to amplify its efforts whether in police operation or community-related activities.
Also, in the highlights were the PCADG partners, such as the Civil-Military Operations School of the Philippine Army and Philippine Navy which continuously provide courses that precisely prepare and equip each PCADG member. Among the courses were the Civil Military Operations, Social Media Product Development and Management Training, Public Affairs Course, Civil Affairs Course, and Journalism Course, which really benefitted all participants and the Unit itself.
The creation and launching of the Coalition of Lingkod Bayan Advocacy Support Groups and Force Multipliers were also one of the significant accomplishments of PCADG in its all-out efforts towards the effective collaboration with the community, gaining all-out support from the different sectors in the country, and institutionalizing initiatives and activities that are beneficial both to PNP and the Filipino majority, and its great significance in the fight against criminality, terrorism and other threats. This Coalition consists of various sectors of society under the umbrella of the Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terrorismo (KKDAT), KaligKasan (Kaligtasan at Kalikasan), Lingkod Bayan Faith-Based Group, Foreign Nationals Keepers Network (FNKN), JIPCO (Joint Industrial Peace Concerns Office), National Coalition of Information Technology Advocates for Change (NCITAC), Barangay-Based Groups, LGBTQ Groups, and Global PCR.
To better serve its clientele, PCADG answered the call to modernization through the PNP’s innovative Complaints Referral and Monitoring Information System, widely known as E-Sumbong. Its aim is to expand public accessibility in reporting problems or information of complainants that need police assistance by providing additional platforms using the latest technology. E-Sumbong also provides an automated system of immediate referrals and responses from the concerned PNP offices. Through the E-Sumbong, all complaints are acted upon immediately because the system can be easily monitored by the unit commander and the supervisor concerned.
Police Lieutenant General Vicente D. Danao Jr., then PNP Officer-in-Charge, graced the momentous occasion, together with Police Lieutenant General Rhodel O. Sermonia, then Deputy Chief for Administration and other significant individuals who were PCADG partners coming from the different Sectors and organizations in the country. They were all welcomed by the PCADG personnel and staff led by Police Brigadier General Eric E. Noble, then PCADG Director.
In line with this year’s theme “Matatag na Ugnayan ng Pulisya at Mamamayan, Tungo sa Kapayapaan, at Pagkakaisa ng ating Bayan, PCADG remains committed to its mandate, championing harmonious relationship within and among the community towards the attainment of a safer place to live and do business.