PNP Bicol achieves good grades in performance evaluation
By Danica Caballero
LEGAZPI CITY --- The Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5) was ranked third in the Unit Performance Evaluation Rating (UPER) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
In a statement, the PRO-5 said it ranked third in the evaluation allowing the office to achieve a score of 96.47 percent for November 2022.
“For the given period, PRO-5 ranked three over other police regional offices. This standing is a result of the unyielding commitment and dedication of the unit to pursue its mandate to bring about change and transformation in the field of law enforcement,” it said.
It said that the UPER is designed to assess the performance of the different PNP offices or units. The evaluation includes the assessment of strategies and measures being implemented to ensure discipline, law and order among its rank; the way the regional office conducts its recruitment and selection process; the approaches being implemented to ensure personnel morale and welfare; its assurance being given to PNP personnel regarding the conduct of its placement and promotion policy; management of personnel and records; and personnel plans and policies.
The evaluation also considered the PRO-5’s war against illegal drugs wherein it was able to put down illegal drug operations in Bicol and arrest more than a thousand drug personalities, 5,701 fugitives, and confiscated 614 assorted loose firearms in 2022.
The PRO-5 added that its fight against insurgency has also weakened the New People’s Army (NPA) thru which it was able to apprehend 142 of its members while convincing 258 more to return to the folds of the law.
“The aggressive campaign of the unit against wanted persons also scored high with 5,701 fugitives arrested. On crackdown against loose firearms, 614 assorted firearms were confiscated,” it said.
Aside from these achievements, PRO-5 was also graded for the conduct of its community relations activities which have provided opportunities to its recipients in various communities aside from having strengthened the government’s linkages to the public. (PIA/Marian Geraldine Bayta, Bicol University intern, contributed to this report)