M+K+K=K: The Golden Age of Policing
Upon the assumption of the 28th Chief of the Philippine National Police, Police General Rodolfo Santos Azurin Jr. on the 3rd of August 2022, the stage is set forth to rollout a strategic peace and security framework that will conform to all the incoming policies and program thrusts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to attain a holistic progress through intrinsic and extrinsic approaches along with the active support and participation of the community.
PGen Azurin Jr., abreast with the aspirations of the 17th Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr.’s unity and national progress, introduced the peace and security framework where every program thrust and effort of the organization shall align with the formula “M+K+K=K”, which stands for “Malasakit, Kaayusan at Kapayapaan Tungo sa Kaunlaran”. This tightly sewn formula stemmed from Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) Command Memorandum Circular (CMC) 01-2020, entitled “COP=P (Care, Order, Peace Towards Progress): Policing for the New Century” where the current Chief, PNP, formerly serving as its Regional Director, seamlessly implemented the said formula.
The focused program thrust is duly anchored to the National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) Philippine Development Plan – AmBisyon Natin 2040 that envisions every Filipino to have a strongly rooted, comfortable and secure life.
This multi-faceted framework gives premium to the role of the community and all its stakeholders to be able to effectively carry out its sworn duty that paves way for the Policing of the New Century.
In relation thereto, M+K+K=K also takes cognizance to the Police Community Affairs and Development (PCAD) Master Plan “Tagataguyod”, PNP MC No. 2019-046, wherein effective implementation of programs and efforts to combat criminality, illegal drugs trade, insurgency, terrorism and corruption lies in the existence of police and community partnership, leading the community through constant informing, engaging and influencing.
In view of the recent fruitful government campaigns against insurgency and terrorism, an edict of former President Rodrigo R. Duterte to purge the said national security pestilence in the country, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), laid down a mobilizing policy which ensures active participation of all sectors in pursuit of the government’s anti-insurgency agenda – a tangible proof of every citizen’s indispensable role in the success of the new century’s policing.
The Whole-Of-The-Nation approach is the key that made NTF-ELCAC effective so much so that it shook the very foundation of CPP-NPA-NDF. This approach encourages the community, that it is not the sole duty of the state to alleviate the security conditions, among other factors, but a shared responsibility that every member of society bear on their shoulders.
Among the four elements of the Philippine National Police’s Quad Concept of Policing, Police Community Relations (PCR) is primus inter pares, the first among equals, when compared to the other three elements, to wit: intelligence, investigation and operations. PCR plays a vital role in the implementation of the spirit and intent of the peace and security framework that is M+K+K=K; a development plan that henceforth seeks to provide highly capable, effective and credible policing towards sustainable development.
The three facets of M+K+K=K that culminate to Kaunlaran (Progress) deal with intrinsic and extrinsic efforts and issues.
Malasakit (Care) focuses on the premium care for the PNP personnel and their families through the provision of a competence-centric unit through a revitatized placement and promotion; standard and credible recruitment and selection process; and reinforcement of Non-Uniformed Personnel competency framework, among other projects;
Kaayusan (Order) provides the stricter enforcement of a Revitalized Intensified Cleanliness Program to instill discipline within the ranks of the organization in order to preserve order; and the stringent performance of the PNP mandate to ensure public safety and security, and improved crime prevention and solution strategies; and lastly,
Kapayapaan (Peace) centers on the anti-terrorism and anti-insurgency operations of the Philippine National Police guided by NTF-ELCAC, anti-criminality and anti-illegal drugs campaigns with faith-based organizations and leaders, their crucial roles underscoring the innate nature of every man as being good.
The formula for progress, M+K+K=K framework is the end-game initiative of the Philippine National Police under the leadership of Police General Rodolfo S. Azurin, Jr. that secures the attainment of trust and confidence of the Filipino people to the organization in consonance of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos, Jr.’s will for progress.