Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) recounted on Sunday the Philippine National Police's (PNP) struggle for change since its inception in 1990.
"Twenty-five years ago, the framers of Republic Act No. 6975 wanted to overhaul the police force. The government tried to address the public’s perception of its police and the need to upgrade the capability of the PNP as a whole," said Sarmiento in his message during the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
R.A. 6975 is the law that established the PNP under a reorganized DILG.
The DILG Secretary said that no matter how promising the law was, the transformation plan back then had a few remarkable strides because it lacked the needed funds. There were only little upgrades in terms of equipment, personnel capability, and training.
However, Sarmiento lauded how the country's police force struggled and evolved throughout the years, especially with the help of a supportive administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III.
"I am glad that I serve as Secretary of the DILG while a supportive President is in office. With President Aquino, not only did his administration pour in around Php73-billion to upgrade the PNP, we also have in our hands the Patrol Plan 2030," he said.
The DILG Chief also urged the PNP not to forget the basics in fighting criminality, that is by winning the hearts and minds of their true bosses -- the Filipino people.
He further lauded the PNP for establishing its presence in public areas which has helped inculcate in the public that they are allies in keeping the communities safe.
Sarmiento said he is confident that PNP is in the best position in achieving all its targets come 2030.