The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) kicks off its Safe Philippines project through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with five local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila on Friday during a roadshow hosted by the Marikina City Government.
The five LGUs that have committed to adopt the Safe Philippines project in their localities are the City Governments of Marikina, Parañaque, Pasig, San Juan, and Valenzuela.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año says that the Safe Philippines project aims to improve the capabilities of the Department and LGUs toward a more collaborative and more efficient management of public order, safety and security, using available information and communication technology (ICT)-driven subsystems and solutions. Specifically, the project targets to reduce crime rate and improve response time of law enforcers and responders such as police and fire personnel during natural and human-induced emergencies.
“Safe Philippines can also help urban, transport, and disaster planners strategize future plans for city development and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) measures,” he says during his speech at the Marikina Hotel and Convention Center.
“In our aim to solve the traffic woes in key cities, we believe that the Safe Philippines Project will likewise help sustain the gains of our continuous national road clearing program which the DILG pioneers as we heed the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to reclaim public roads being used for private ends,” he says.
The project entails the construction of an integrated or converged Intelligent Command, Control and Communication Center (IC4) for the National 911 Public Safety Answering Point, DILG, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. It also requires the establishment of city-level command centers.
The first phase of the project works through its four cornerstones using advanced ICT namely intelligent video monitoring, multimedia critical communication, information management (big data analytics), and command center systems.
Año says that the Safe Philippines project supports government in helping prevent the commission of crimes by providing reliable security measures to anticipate threats and hazardous challenges. It provides automated incident detection as soon as it happens. It improve police and fire response time with the capability to pinpoint location of crime or emergency incidents and the fastest route, to react quickly and mitigate security and safety threats. It also supports post-incident examination and analysis, as well as coordinate follow-up actions.
“Maaari nating magamit ang mga CCTV (closed-circuit television) sa pagbabantay ng daloy ng trapiko. We can also use the cameras to monitor the state of our roads and the environment—if they are orderly, clean and in good condition,” he says.
Meanwhile, DILG Spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan E. Malaya, emphasizes the importance of people’s contribution in maintaining peace and order in their communities by practicing the value of discipline.
“The road towards a safer Philippines is one that the government and the people alike are treading. National and local governments can use hi-tech ICT and highly trained uniformed personnel to ensure a safer country. But without the individual discipline among Filipinos to be law-abiding and peace-loving, our common mission of having a safer Philippines would be hard to realize. Bayanihan po ito,” he says.
Malaya called on national government agencies, LGUs, private sector, civil society organizations, and the media to be a partner in promoting the #DisiplinaMuna National Advocacy Campaign which aims to re-build the culture of discipline among Filipinos “to sustain peace and development efforts towards an inclusive growth felt by Filipino families.”
The #DisiplinaMuna National Advocacy Campaign had its first local launch in Marikina on Friday. Its national launch was in Manila on November 6.