Various government agencies, National Police Commission regional offices, and non-government organizations join the culminating program of the 28th National Crime Prevention Week. -- Jag Lyra Costamero/PIA 3

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga (PIA) — National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) stressed that attaining the nation’s peace and order is a responsibility of all sectors of the society.

During the culminating activity for the 28th National Crime Prevention Week celebration, NAPOLCOM Vice Chairperson and Executive Officer Alberto Bernardo asked for the continued support and commitment of the local government, private sector, and the citizens in pursuing the country’s endeavor of nurturing peaceful and safer communities.

“We know that crime prevention is not only the responsibility of the police. The community’s dynamic involvement and the genuine participation of all sectors of the society allow the government to effectively perform its mandated functions towards personal prosperity and national development,” he said.

He added that this year’s celebration targeted barangays and schools as audiences to intensify the campaign against crimes and illegal drugs, and ensure that all relevant government agencies and all sectors of civil society take an active part in preventing crimes.

Also, Bernardo underscored that the ultimate goal of crime prevention is the improvement of peace and order through strengthened anti-crime initiatives, strict enforcement of laws, fair and humane administration of justice, and elimination of graft and corruption.

“The immediate effects that can be expected in the attainment of these goals are reduction of crime rate, speedy and efficient prosecution of cases in court,  speedy disposition of court cases, jail decongestion, effective and efficient rehabilitation of offenders, and maximum participation of the community,” he added.

The official pressed that crime prevention strategies will not only prevent crimes, but also promote personal prosperity, community safety, and contribute to development in sync with the country’s Ambisyon Natin 2040 for a “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na buhay para sa lahat.”

With this, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla pledged that they will continue to work together with the different agencies and various sectors of the society in preventing crimes, and for the delivery of justice to all regardless of gender and situation in life. 

“At the department, we aim to provide a stable justice system by ensuring certainty of punishment to those who violate the law. It is with this certainty that we send the message to the public that we have a working justice system – that we do not tolerate those who use and abuse the law for their own selfish interest and desires at the expense of others,” he said.

The cabinet official also vowed that under his leadership, the prosecution and correction pillars of justice will uphold its duty and role, and ensure that justice will be stern yet compassionate, tough yet sensitive, and nondiscriminatory yet gracious. — Jag Lyra Costamero-PIA-3