National Crime Prevention Week Set

MANILA, Philippines - Top officials of the National Police Commission (Napolcom) and Philippine National Police (PNP) will grace the kickoff ceremony of the 2012 National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) celebration which will be held at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame, Quezon City on Monday.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., the erstwhile officer-in-charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), will be the guest of honor for the event.

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has since designated Manuel "Mar" Roxas II to fill the void left by DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, who died in a tragic plane crash off Masbate last August 18.

As DILG chief, Robredo served as chairman of Napolcom, which has supervisory and administrative function over the PNP.

Napolcom Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo Escueta said that National Crime Prevention Week, which is observed annually every first week of September, is now on its 18th year, with the theme "Sa Crime Prevention, May Magagawa Ako!"

"The yearly observance of the NCPW is an opportunity to highlight the collaboration of the various government agencies and non-government organizations, particularly in the development of comprehensive community-based crime prevention programs," Escueta said.

One of the highlights of this year's kickoff ceremony is the announcement and awarding of winners in the nationwide search for 2012 Model PNP Families Family and Solo Police Parent categories.

Finalists in the Family Category are SPO4 Igmedio Dugueña and family (Region 1), P/Supt. Jesus Reyes and family (Region 3), P/Senior Insp. Rogelio Ruiz and family (Region 7), P/Supt. Orlando Gardiola and family (Region 8), and SPO4 Diogenes Hare and family (Region 12).

The Solo Police Parent Category finalists are SPO4 Janet Elias and family (CAR), SPO1 Anna Baganes and family (Region 6), SPO2 Solita Canites and family (Region 8), and P/Insp. Elsa Montenegro and family (CARAGA).

Executive Secretary Ochoa will confer the awards and the corresponding cash rewards and plaques to the winners of the search during the affair. The search was launched in 2009.

"The search encourages and strengthens partnership between the community and the PNP by highlighting the PNP's capability as a leader and partner of the community in the maintenance of peace, order and security for an improved socio-economic system," Escueta said.

Some 800 students, family groups and representatives from the business sector, schools and non-government organizations (NGOs) are also expected to attend the kickoff ceremony.

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