PNP chief orders expansion of socmed engagement to boost public awareness

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Camilo Cascolan has ordered the expansion of PNP’s  informative social media engagement efforts to help boost  public awareness on relevant issues on public order and safety.

Police Maj. Gen. Dionardo Carlos, PNP Director for Police Community Relations, said they would closely monitor actions taken by PNP units on netizens’ reports sent through social media platforms. 

Carlos said their recent analytics on PNP social media engagements showed that barely 25% of the 1,776 official PNP social media pages are active. “One issue that needs to be addressed is the seemingly reactive and passive stance of some PNP socmed pages that do not actively engage reports by netizens,” he added.

He explained that

“Policies and guidelines on social media engagement by PNP units and personnel emphasize awareness of data privacy and anti-cybercrime laws, and accountability of PNP personnel and units in posting and sharing social media content,” he explained.

Carlos said the PNP recognizes the use of social media as an effective tool, especially in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, to promote pro-active information and awareness activities while building harmonious relations  with the community.

He reiterated the earlier pronouncements by Cascolan that the PNP respects the “administrative actions taken by Facebook on what they perceive as violations of its terms of use.”

Carlos said official social networking sites maintained by the PNP and its lower units are “aligned with their agency’s objectives of promoting advocacy for honest, transparent, and truthful social engagement over cyberspace.”

“These sites remain compliant with socmed community standards and continue to serve its purpose along (with) the objectives,” he stressed.

Carlos assured the PNP “will continue to adhere to our institutional policy that follows proper decorum in all public engagements including social media platforms, chat groups, and private sites.” 

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