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EGALITARIAN | Trust, Respect and Safety in Davao Region: A Measure of Regional Peace

The Philippine National Police implements the PNP PATROL PLAN 2030 which is similar to Balanced Scorecard (BSC) used in the private sector for the ISO 9001 standards.

The PNP employs the PGS or the Philippine Governance System which aims to scientifically determine impact of its transformation. 

On August 2, MinDA Secretary Maria Belen S. Acosta and PNP 11 Regional Director Police Brigadier General Benjamin Silo, Jr signed an agreement to measure the safety, trust and respect indices in Davao Region. The indices are important to the PGS.

As such, MinDA managed the region-wide study to measure the level of safety, security and trust. This role falls within the mandate of agency to provide strategic leadership in Mindanao, develop database, and ensure an overall improvement in socioeconomic situation including public safety and security.

The 3 percent margin of error and 95% confidence level were used. The sampling plan follows proportionate sampling and the nth sampling technique was introduced with accompanying disqualification criteria.

The survey reveals that the atmosphere of peace and order in Davao Region is associated with the public’s impression on credibility of the police and security forces. 

The recent declaration of “Davao Region as insurgency free” improved the level of trust, respect and safety in the region. 

Dabawenyos general feel safe and secure, as 9 in 10 Dabawenyos move around, work, do business, travel, stay outside at night and during wee hours without fear of being harmed. 

The culture of security is also prevalent among the Dabawenyos. People are paying attention to suspicious people and bring to attention of the authority for unattended bag or suspicious items.

The safety, respect and trust rating and ranking of the provinces are as follows. 

Safety metric ranks Davao Oriental (90.34%) and Davao de Oro (90.34%) at the top, Davao Occidental (85.26%) at the second, Davao del Norte (84.75%) third, Davao del Sur (84.12%) fourth, and Davao City (83.45%). 

Trust metric reveals Davao Oriental (95%) with most trusted public safety officers, followed by Davao de Oro (93.98%), Davao Occidental (92.62%) third, Davao del Sur (89.92%) fourth, Davao City (89.20%) fifth, and Davao del Norte (88.56%) sixth. 

Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro benefit from the general atmosphere of peace and order after declaring the whole Davao Region as insurgency free. 

Respect metric shows Davao City (95.52%) at the top, Davao Occidental (92.07%) second, followed by Davao del Sur (90.46%), then Davao Oriental (89.16%), then Davao de Oro (87.79%), and finally, Davao del Norte (87.47%).

MinDA Secretary Maria Belen Acosta places premium on public safety as it is a macro fundamental in Mindanao. 

With a general atmosphere of peace, safety, and security, the whole nation would be convinced that Mindanao have been enjoying the dividends of peace. 

People outside of Mindanao should know that Mindanao is huge, much bigger than Singapore, of similar size to Portugal, Hungary and South Korea. A tension in a single place cannot spread to the whole island, as their reports and references suggest. 

Claims of Mindanao being chaotic, with intermittent firefights are totally absurd for these only occurs in contained areas, and would never involve whole Mindanao. 

It is a total disservice to the overall safety and security that people enjoy. The safety and security surveys provide substance to that. 

Adrian Tamayo is the Head of the Public Relations of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). He teaches economics at the Graduate School of the University of Mindanao and currently on a scholarship grant for a Master in Public Safety Administration (MPSA) at the Philippine Public Safety College of the DILG.



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