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Police officers get orientation on cybersecurity

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) -- Police officers from different municipal police stations attended the orientation on cybersecurity and data privacy law conducted by the Department of Information Communication and Technology in coordination with the Province of Antique- Peace and Order and Public Safety Office and Antique PNP.

Antique Provincial Police Deputy Director for Operations Angelo Pueblos urged the police officers and other stakeholders present during the orientation to maximize their learnings and be responsive to clients coming to their stations for help.

“Huwag na natin ituro sa iba kung kaya natin gampanan ang kanilang reklamo, gawin na natin,” Pueblos told the police officers.

With this orientation, Pueblos hoped that the police officers will be equipped with knowledge and skills in responding to complaints relating to cybersecurity and data privacy.

He also lauded the initiative of the POPS office led by Margie L. Gadian, for initiating the discussion with DICT.

Pueblos likewise noted that this orientation could just be a start of a more comprehensive and higher level of discussion about cybersecurity in the near future.

Engr. Jemuel Española of DICT also expressed appreciation to Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao and the Provincial Government of Antique for the first-ever orientation given to PNP officers in the province.

With Española is the pool of trainers on cybersecurity and data privacy from DICT Region 6, Elvin Bautista, who discussed the data privacy overview; Engr. Joshua Mallada who tackled Cybersecurity Awareness; and James Laurance Locara who shared the National Cybersecurity Plan 2028.

Provincial Director lawyer Ramil Quinto of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) noted that the laws on cybersecurity and data privacy were enacted way back in 2012, pointing out the need for law enforcement agencies to double time in understanding the law to cope with the demands of time.

For NBI, Quinto said that an estimate of two to three cases of cybercrime was brought to their attention everyday ranging from cyber libel, illegal access, forgery, identity theft, and many more complaints.

He also acknowledged the important role of the PNP given the fact they have frontline services in every municipality receiving complaints from the people.

To him, the police force could be the first responders who can guide the clients/victims of cybercrime seeking their help.

Quinto also shared optimism for more engagements with the DICT and other law enforcers so they could share their experiences, knowledge, and skills in cybercrime investigation.

Other stakeholders present are representatives from the Philippine Army, Department of Interior and Local Government, Provincial Information Office, Philippine Information Agency, and some local media practitioners. (AGP/PSM/PIA Antique with reports from Gerald Nallana/GIP)

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