As the country embraced the rapid shift brought by the technological revolution, it also paved the way for the country to becoming more digitalized and technology aided. From its government offices to private agencies, down to all local establishments they have welcomed digitalization as a vital part of their existence and operation to better serve the public and their respective clients. Said revolution also drove the Philippine National Police to go the extra mile and flexibly stand its ground by making use of existing and new technologies, and digital equipment to efficiently serve its purpose, in battling atrocities, preventing crimes and in maintaining peace and order in every community.
The Directorate for Information and Communications Technology Management (DICTM) is mandated to overlook and supervise the efficient management of PNP ICT systems, as well as various infostructures, and other technology-related concerns. The Directorate is also tasked in developing new ICT programs which are to be deemed beneficial and vital for the administration and operation purposes of the organization.
In congruence to the existing PNP peace and security framework’s M+K+K=K (Malasakit plus Kaayusan plus Kapayapaan equals Kaunlaran), DICTM ensures that the PNP digital transformation should be meticulously and logically maximized by implementing the PNP ICT Master Plan, the Secured, Mobile, AI-driven, Real-time Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) Policing, using technology to deliver effective and efficient services for crime prevention, crime solution, as well as information operation.
The DICTM’s operations are also aligned to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) objectives towards the harmonization and integration of all ICT initiatives of the government.
The execution of the ICT projects is persistently monitored by the Digital Transformation Governance Committee (DTGC), the committee responsible for transforming PNP towards digitalization. Among the existing PNP ICT Projects that are monitored by DGTC are: Internal Disciplinary Management Information System (IDMIS); Internet Protocol-Private Branch Exchange (IP-PBX) for Camp Crame; Digital Mobile Radio (DMR); PNP Email System (PES); PNP One Network (PON); Establishment of PNP IT Center and Regional IT Centers; Intelligence Component of the S.M.A.R.T. Policing; Office Productivity; e-Police Community Relations Management Information System (e-PCRMIS); PNP Smart Camps; Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS); and Support to Operations Management Information System (SOMIS).
The S.M.A.R.T. Policing Seminars and Workshops Caravan were also conducted by DICTM in different Police Regional Offices. The recent conducted activities were in the Police Regional Office 4B, on October 13 and 14, 2022; also in the Police Regional Office 4A on October 27 and 28, 2022; and the most recent one was in the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) from November 17 and 18 2022. Said seminars aim to increase the visibility and appreciation of S.M.A.R.T. Policing at all levels, and to enhance the capacity of PNP personnel, particularly in the sphere of ICT and of the Information Systems Strategic Plan or ISSP.
As part of its continuous capability enhancement, DICTM also conducted one class of Information and Communications Technology Course (ICTMC) which started from September 8, 2022 until November 10, 2022. The Directorate also spearheaded two batches of Information Security Awareness Seminar (ISAS), and another two batches of Data Privacy Act Awareness Seminar (DPAAS) in different PNP Offices and Units across the country.
On top of that, DICTM continues to conduct certification process in every PNP Office to ensure the adoption of a fully-integrated Information System (IS). A total of five certified Information System were successfully completed and forwarded to the Chief PNP for approval. These are PNPA Cadet Admission Test Online Application System of PNPA; Quarter Billing and Payment Management Information System of the Engineering Service; Automated Fingerprint Identification System and Integrated Ballistics Identification System of the Forensics Group; and Drug Related Data Integration and Generation System of the Directorate for Operations.
Indeed, the availability and accessibility of information has always been vital in battling criminality and in addressing societal problems. However, if the information is effectively and efficiently disseminated, aided with the existing technologies, PNP can ensure a highly capable, effective, and credible police service.
The Directorate for Information and Communications Technology Management under the leadership of Police Major General Valeriano de Leon, Director, is committed to go the extra miles to further improve all PNP’s frontline services which are beneficial to the PNP organization and the people.