The Philippine National Police has formalized today, October 12, with the Germany-based Hanns Seidel Foundation an accord that will further strengthen and promote better policing in communities.

In a simple rites today at the PNP Star Officers’ Lounge in Camp Crame, Quezon City, PNP Chief, Police General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan and Hanns Seidel Representative, Mr. Gotz Heinicke signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

This collaborative work will mainly focus on the development of community oriented and rights-based policing, development initiatives promoting the rule of law and human rights, and increasing knowledge and information exchange with and among the citizenry, Cascolan said.

Based on initial agreement, the PNP and Hanns Seidel will have a collaborative engagement by means of promoting gender mainstreaming in the police force; practical, community-oriented, case-based training methods for police officers; regional dialogue on police training to address regional concerns; and community-based dialogue sessions on human rights promotion and protection.

“I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the support of Hanns Seidel Foundation in our cause of ensuring public safety and security during these most challenging times,” Cascolan said.

He also pointed out that the agreement will extend the efforts of two parties in promoting continued enhancements in exploring human resource and policy development in these crucial times.
“This MOU will also enhance our efforts on training and education, research and publication, international and regional exchange and project development bolsters my 9-point Strategic Thrusts enshrined in our PNP Sustainable Development Plan,” he said.

Since 1979, the Hanns Seidel Foundation has been active in helping the law enforcement sector thru development assistance in cooperation with various partner organization in the Philippines.

The foundation is a non-governmental entity organized by the Federal Republic of Germany and supporting projects and programs in more than 60 countries nationwide.