Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas awarded on Monday (June 1) 28 police officers from Police Regional Office (PRO) IV-A with the “Medalya ng Kagalingan at Kasanayan” for their unparalleled efforts in implementing Oplan Lambat-Sibat in CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon).

Last March, Roxas ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to cascade Oplan Lambat-Sibat, a deliberate, programmatic, and sustained approach in addressing criminality, to other regions following its success in the National Capital Region (NCR).

During Roxas’ visit in Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna, PRO IV-A Chief Supt. Richard Albano reported that within barely a month of implementing Oplan Lambat-Sibat in the region, the regional police has arrested a total of 1,147 pushers and users for sale or possession of illegal drugs.

A total of 52 Most Wanted Persons (MWPs) were also arrested by the local police force, on top if the confiscation of 382 assorted firearms and the impounding of a total of 1,661 vehicles for various violations of the owners.

On display, assorted firearms confiscated by PNP CALABARZON through Oplan Lambat-Sibat

On display, assorted firearms confiscated by PNP CALABARZON through Oplan Lambat-Sibat

CALABARZON’s rate of criminality also decreased from an average of 169 incidents per week prior to the implementation of Oplan Lambat-Sibat to only 103 incidents last week.

“Sixty-six na mga kababayan natin ang nailayo natin sa kapahamakan,” Roxas said.

Maayos ang pag-cascade ng Oplan Lambat-Sibat mula sa NCR,” he added.

Impounded motorcycles in CALABARZON for various violations

Impounded motorcycles in CALABARZON for various violations

From a weekly average of 919 crime incidents prior to the implementation of Oplan Lambat-Sibat in June 2014, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) now records a weekly average of around 300 crime incidents.

During the ceremony, Roxas also took the opportunity to thank 1,800 new recruits from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) for choosing a life of service.

Kakaiba ang pinili ninyong trabaho. Kapag may sunog o krimen, ang mga tao, tumatakbo palayo sa insidente. Pero kayo, tumatakbo kayo papunta sa insidente,” Roxas said.

He also assured the police force that the national government will provide for their needs in order to get the job done for the benefit of the people.

Nandito tayo para matugunan ang pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan at tiyakin ang kanilang seguridad. Hinding-hindi namin kayo iiwan,” Roxas told the police officers.

During the event, Roxas inspected the two new airconditioned buses of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) this morning.

For the past weeks, Roxas has begun distributing 1,470 patrol jeeps procured by the PNP for all municipalities across the country.