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‘PNP’s image improves’

First Posted 10:35:00 10/09/2009

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DIRECTOR General Jesus Versoza said the image of the Philippine National Police?s (PNP) has improved because of its Integrated Transformation Program (ITP).

Speaking before the 11th leg of the PNP Transformation Caravan at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) yesterday, Versoza said a survey conducted last year showed that the PNP got a satisfaction rating from the public.

Police launched ITP in 2005 in its bid to win the public?s trust, confidence and support.

The ITP also aims to resolve organizational dysfunctions.

Yesterday?s gathering was attended by hundreds of policemen in Central Visayas as well as lawyers, teachers and criminology students.

Versoza led a torch run from Capitol grounds in Cebu City to the CICC in Mandaue City.

Versoza said that aside from upholding the morale of the policemen, the PNP is working to improve the lives of its men by providing low cost housing and educational program.

Versoza said the PNP also put up training centers, provided legal services and upgraded its equipment and facilities.

He said the PNP was successful in addressing insurgency and terrorism with the community?s help.

Versoza said he formed the ITP when he was still the deputy director for administration at the Camp Crame.

This month, Versoza said the ITP is focusing on the PNP's gun amnesty program dubbed as ?Oplan Kontra Boga, Oplan Bilang Boga?.

The program, which runs from Oct. 1-31, aimed to track drown and recover loose firearms.

/Correspondent Fe Marie Dumaboc

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