Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Tuesday ordered a reinvigorated and speedy implementation of “Oplan Lambat-Sibat”, giving a deadline of until middle of 2015 to put the program in operation in at least three largest regions in the country.

Roxas, during a command conference at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Crame, said he wanted “Oplan Lambat-Sibat (to be) cascaded in three largest regions in the country by middle of the year.”Oplan Lambat-Sibat has been operational for 37 weeks in NCR. What they have learned here to be shared to Regions 3 and 4A.

Oplan Lambat-Sibat is a reinvigorated crime prevention effort using “deliberate, programmatic and sustained” police operations such as Checkpoint, Oplan Bakal-Sita, Mobile Patrol, Beat Patrol and Oplan Bulabog supported by scientific crime reporting from the Police Community Precincts (PCPs), to the stations, to the districts up to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and solving them based on statistics.

Roxas instructed the Police Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) and the Directorate for Operations (DO) to be on top of putting the best practices together and compile them in an Instruction Manual including everything that the PNP had done in terms of crime prevention and solution over the last 37 weeks.

“We don’t want them [regions] to start from scratch. We have learned so many lessons from June 16 to today. What we have learned here in the last eight and half months can be cascaded in other parts of the country,” he explained.

Roxas said Oplan Lambat-Sibat has successfully stabilized the robbery and theft incidents in Metro Manila including the carnapping of motorcycles and vehicles as reflected in the weekly crime report from June 2014 to present, thus giving the national police to deflect its focus on murder and homicide.

He expressed concern that from an average of 25 murder-homicide incidents in January this year, the incident had grown to 37 towards the end of February to March.

In line with this, Roxas instructed Police Director General Francisco Don Montenegro, director for DIDM to conduct a study that will focus only on murder-homicide incidents in Metro Manila.

“Let’s go back to these murders and figure out ano ba, is this criminal and criminal na nag-away over turf, over money, over utang? That’s one kind of murder-homicide, another is family sa family and another kind is where you have higher chance of success,” he said.