Crime Stoppers to commence operations in the Philippines in 2019
Manila, Philippines. Public education, multi-sectorial cooperation, continued enforcement action and the ability for citizens to report information on crimes anonymously have been identified as the four critical measures necessary for fighting illicit trade and organized crime in the Philippines and the South East Asia region.
This was the consensus reached by stakeholders at the Anti-Illicit Trade Business Summit and Capacity Building Training which was coordinated by Crime Stoppers International (CSI) and Crime Stoppers Australia (CSA) on October 1st & 2nd in Manila, Philippines. The two-day event was attended by a number of public and private organizations including the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigations, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, Intellectual Property Association of the Philipines, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, United Kingdon Intellectual Property Office, United States Homeland Security Investigations, Globe Telecom, Bird & Bird, Philip Morris International, Treasury Wine Estates, Diageo, Japan Tobacco International.
In an interview after the event, Devrol Dupigny, COO of CSI stated that his organisation would be moving ahead to establish a Crime Stoppers programme in the Philippines having obtained the blessings and support of the Government and National Police. “The endorsement and buy-in of a country’s government and law enforcement agencies is imperative for the establishment and effective functioning of Crime Stoppers in a country. As such, it was important for us to receive this support from Ambassador Bruce S. Concepcion, Special Envoy on Transnational Crime in the Office of the President and by Police Chief Superintendant Roberto B Fajardo, Director HGP, after delivering their remarks at the opening ceremony of our Business Summit on October 1st”, stated Mr. Dupigny.
“Having received this support, we will now move forward to engage the relevant authorities and stakeholders with a view to establish relevant memoranda of understanding and ultimately launch Crime Stoppers Philippines in 2019”, continued Mr. Dupigny.
“The establishment of a Crime Stoppers programme in the Philippines is of key strategic importance to CSI as it will serve as a launch pad for our network in South East Asia and the wider region and in this regard we have identified Malaysia and Singapore in our 2018-2020 work programme;” advised the CSI COO.
Trevor O’Hara, Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia expressed his satisfaction with the outcomes derived from the two day event. “Commitment to explore and implement initiatives to combat crime was clearly demonstrated by the leaders of the public and private organizations who attended the Business Summit as well as the operational, front line teams who participated in the Capacity Building Training”, stated Mr. O’Hara
“Given our 30 years of experience and proximity to the Philippiines, CSA will take the lead in working with the local stakeholders to establish the programme in the shortest of timeframes”, advised O’Hara.
In his remarks at the event’s opening ceremony, Jesus Arranza, Chairman of the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) confirmed that their was an ongoing collaboration between the FPI and CSI since CSI’s exploratory visit to South East Asia in 2016. He called for greater efficiencies in the judicial process and expressed the commitment of the FPI to support CSI’s efforts.
In addition to the creation of Crime Stoppers Philippines, there was general agreement among the participants that public education, especially through social media channels would be important in combatting crimes such as illicit trade and organized crime, along with public private cooperation and information sharing.
Crime Stoppers International (CSI) is the global authority on anonymous reporting. Headquartered in the Hague Netherlands, CSI is an international NGO and its mission is “to mobilize the world to report information on crime anonymously”. CSI maintains a co-operation agreement with INTERPOL and has collaborative agreements with organizations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC), the CNN Freedom Project (CNN),