CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – As in previous years, the Police Regional Office 1 is again in the forefront of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) celebration in the region. Now on its 15th year, the NCPW 2009 is scheduled on September 1-7 and focuses on the involvement of the family in crime prevention, hence its theme “Labanan ang Krimen, Pamilya Patatagin”.
The celebration is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 461 dated August 31, 1994 declaring the first week of September of every year as the National Crime Prevention Week.
According to the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) NCPW Technical Working Committee, the focal point of this year’s celebration is on the importance of “the role of the family not just in assisting in the area to enforce the law but also in the endeavor to shape the values and attitudes of its members towards an effectively functioning justice system, promoting crime prevention strategies, and campaigning for home and community safety.”
PRO1 head PCSupt. Ramon V. Gatan, in his welcome address during the flag-raising rites at San Fernando City Hall this morning (September 1) as part of the nationwide simultaneous kick-off ceremony for the NCPW, stressed that crime prevention is everybody’s concern and should involve the active participation of all sectors of the community.
“As head of the Police Regional Office 1, the agency principally tasked to prevent and control crimes in the region, I know firsthand the necessity of active citizen participation in the success of our anti-criminality campaign. In fact, it has long been PRO1’s guiding principle to involve all sectors of the community in our fight against crime and other forms of lawlessness,” Gatan said.
The NCPW kick-off program at the San Fernando City Hall was followed by a motorcade around the city and a press conference at the Masigasig Center here.
Various NCPW activities are lined up for the rest of the week which include a seminar on Student-Based Anti-Crime and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control at the La Union National High School Quadrangle on September 2; a blood-letting activity dubbed “Sagut a Biag” at CSI, Biday, San Fernando City on September 3; and jail visitation and gift-giving at San Fernando City Jail, La Union Provincial Jail and the youthful offenders facility at Urayong, Bauang, La Union on September 4.
In a memorandum, DILG Secretary Ronaldo V. Puno, enjoined all provincial, city and municipal Peace and Order Councils (POCs) to actively support the projects and activities related to the celebration of the National Crime Prevention Week. pnppro1