Police Security and Protection Group boosts security for May 13 polls

MEMBERS of the Police Security and Protection Group have been reminded anew to keep their sworn duty to “serve and protect” as they play a major role in the effort of the government to ensure “zero incident and zero casualty” of “high-risks individuals” in the May 13 elections.

PSPG director Brigadier General Filmore B. Escobal told the Journal Group he has reiterated the need for all PSPG personnel to observe the general rules, policies and guidelines during their deployment.

As the PSPG marked its 28th founding anniversary this week, Escobal, a member of Philippine Military Academy “Sambisig” Class of 1991 was cited for his massive reform as director of the PSPG which is mandated by law to secure government officials, foreign dignitaries and private individuals whose lives are under constant threat, the PSPG continues to play a major role in keeping peace and order in the streets thru the best practices it is undertaking in its continuing transformation program.

The PSPG was created in 1990  by virtue of the DILG Act of 1990, the Police Security Unit was later renamed to Police Security Command on January 18, 1991. The unit was renamed the Police Security and Protection Office on November 12, 1996 and on April 10, 2008 got the name PSPG pursuant to a National Police Commission resolution.

The PSPG performs various functions such as in supporting the Presidential Security Group in providing security to the President and the First Family; undertaking relative continuing studies and evolve plans on police security protection matters; and in promulgating rules and regulations necessary to carry out their objectives, policies and functions.

The PSPG also has its own vital protection unit  to provide security to key national government offices and  facilities.

Escobal has instituted massive physical and internal reforms in the PSPG to ensure that all of his men are fully accounted for and are fully trained to provide protective security round-the-clock.

He also saw to it that Protective Security Personnel must also be not the subject of pending criminal or administrative charges and must be a graduate of a regular VIP Security and Protection Course.

At present, the following maximum number of Protective Security is allowed to the following, upon written request without the need of threat assessment by reason of their position/office: Vice President-9; Senate President, House Speaker and Chief Justice-6; Cabinet Secretaries and Senators-4; and members of the House of Representatives-2.