SAN FRANCISCO 16 October 2018 – To raise awareness among Filipinos overseas that they can coordinate directly and partner with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in all law enforcement, security, and safety-related concerns, involving their families and relatives back in the Philippines, the PNP launched its Global Police Community Relations program dubbed as “Pulis Global PCR” in the Bay Area.
The launch on 27 September 2018 coincided with the partnership commitment signing between the PNP-Police Community Relations Group (PNP-PCRG) and the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco in support of Spark*Connect*Empower, a movement that seeks to develop love and passion for Filipino culture and heritage, especially among Filipino-American millennials, in building an empowered Filipino-American Community in the Bay Area and beyond.
The agreement was signed by Consul General Henry S. Bensurto Jr. on behalf of the Consulate General, and PNP Police Community Relations Group head Chief Superintendent Rhodel Sermonia.
Consul General Bensurto welcomed the launch of the “Pulis Global PCR” in the Bay Area and the partnership with the PNP-PCRG to empower and maximize the capabilities of the Filipino-American Communities in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Washington State, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and Alaska as force multipliers in the promotion and protection of the rights and welfare of the Filipinos overseas, which is one of the three pillars of Philippine foreign policy.
Chief Superintendent Sermonia provided updates on law enforcement-related issues as well as information on best practices in the PNP. He added that establishing global police-community relations has helped open the doors for other international law enforcement agencies to do partnerships with the PNP.
Present during the event were members of the Consulate General, media, Filipino-American Law Enforcement Officers Association, and other Filipino Community organizations.