The Philippine National Police and the Hanns Seidel Foundation signed this latest Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the conduct of joint activities for the current program cycle through 2020 building upon the previous years’ collaborative undertakings, but cognizant of and adapting to emerging trends and challenges to community policing including adjustments to office, training and operational protocols brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PNP envisions a highly capable, effective and values-oriented police service and the HSF supports development interventions in the country leading to strengthening good governance, adherence to the rule of law, enhancing equal access to justice, respect for and protection of human rights. These two agencies share common interests and recognize the role of the PNP as charged with effectively enforcing the law, providing full protection of citizens’ rights as well as operate in an environment of professionalism, competence, and gender sensitivity which form the basis for their collaboration.
HSF started activities in the Philippines in 1979 and had, since 2009 been working with the PNP. Initial activities were with the PNP-Human Rights Affairs Office in promoting rights-based policing. In 2018, HSF worked with the PNP Directorate for Police Community Relations and sponsored local and regional fora where policewomen could articulate their interests and concerns in promoting gender development and to highlight their role in implementing community-oriented policing activities. In 2017, the HSF fostered exchanges between PNP police investigators and the Philippines Department of Justice public prosecutors to further their working relationship and cooperation in the prosecution of criminal cases. Starting this year, HSF is working with the PNP Directorate for Human Resources and Doctrine Development and later with the National Police Training Institute to further police training methods with the use of practical, case-based scenarios based on the training philosophy of the Bavarian Police.