Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) anew for the successful implementation of Oplan Lambat-Sibat in Metro Manila (MM).

Roxas had introduced Oplan Lambat-Sibat at the PNP-National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), using a “deliberate, programmatic and sustained” approach in crime prevention.

During the weekly command conference in Camp Crame, police officials reported that there were 345 Robbery/Theft/Carnapping/Motornapping incidents in MM from April 6 to 12. This constitutes more than 50 percent reduction in the 919 average weekly crime incidents recorded prior to the implementation of Oplan Lambat-Sibat last year.

Roxas commended the PNP for doing a “great job.”

PNP officials also reported that a total of 523 wanted criminals (almost 50 percent) have been arrested for the same period out of the 1069 total number of targeted Most Wanted Persons (MWPs) and members of criminal groups.

Roxas had ordered the creation of tracker teams to ensure that these criminal elements are captured using the “whole of PNP” approach. He also directed the conduct of a “team by team assessment” to ensure the effectiveness of each teams in pursuing their targets.

The PNP has started cascading Oplan Lambat-Sibat in nearby regions.