PNP-SOSIA warns mall owners requiring security guards to wear themed uniforms during ‘ber’-months

Maris Federez   •   August 29, 2019   •   1230

Mall security guards in themed costumes

The Philippine National Police – Supervisory Office for Security & Investigation Agency (PNP-SOSIA) has issued a warning against mall-owners and managers who will require their security guards to wear themed uniforms during the “ber”-months.

PNP-SOSIA Assistant Chief Police Colonel Sydney Villaflor said security guards will not be able to perform their jobs well if they are wearing costumes.

The official added that this will put the security in establishments at risk.

“Yung pagsusuot ng iba’t ibang uniform ay posibleng samantalahin ng mga sindikato, ng iba’t ibang grupo na posibleng gumawa ng mga krimen sa loob ng mall at iba pang business establishments [Syndicates and other bad elements who would want to commit crimes inside the malls and other business establishments might take advantage of the varying uniforms of security guards],” Villaflor said.

The official also warned that security officers caught wearing themed costumes will be fined with P10,000 for the first offense. Their security agency will also be meted out with P10,000 fine.

The security agency will also be at risk of having their permit to operate canceled in case of repeated violations. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

MMDA warns public of heavier ‘ber’ months traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 12, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) warns the public of heavier traffic in Metro Manila during ‘ber’ months.

The MMDA expects the volume of vehicles to increase by us much as 20% in October. Based on their data, around 410,000 vehicles have been traversing EDSA in the past few days.

According to MMDA EDSA Traffic Head Bong Nebrija, this is higher than the recorded volume of vehicles in December last year.

“Halimbawa na lang kung ang isang bote ay may kapasidad na 268 [thousand] tapos lalagyan ng 410 [thousand], ay imaginin niyo na lang ang mangyayari, (For example, a bottleneck has a capacity of 268 [thousand cars] then you will place 410 [thousand]. Imagine what will happen)” he said.

MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago assured the Mabuhay Lanes are free of obstruction.

“Iyong mga Mabuhay Lanes po namin sustained and maintained by MMDA. Okay naman po iyon, wala namang obstruction iyon na nakikita niyo 24/7, (Our Mabuhay Lanes are sustained and maintained by MMDA. [The roads] are okay, there are obstructions. You can see it 24/7)” she said.

Meanwhile, local government units (LGU) continue to conduct road clearing operations to maintain roads in the National Capital Region.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda).

PNP hauls over 1,000 firearms from shuttered security agencies in Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   January 21, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – About 1,000 assorted firearms were seized by the Philippine National Police Supervisory Office for Security and Investigative Agencies (PNP-SOSIA) from a total of 96 security agencies ordered closed across Metro Manila.

According to SOSIA director PCSupt. Noli Romana, some of the concerned agencies violated certain regulations while others were not able to renew their contracts.

“Within 60 days dapat naka-renew na sila ng kanilang expiring license to operate. Most of these security agencies ay hindi na sila nakapag renew for one year mahigit na,” Romana said.

The agencies also did not turn over their respective firearms that’s why the PNP needed to confiscate them.

“Our memo to them is to turn over dapat sa atin through the FEO storage. And since hindi nila ginagawa, we are forced now to implement our memorandum,” the official added.

Romana explained that the said agencies will go through administrative investigation to find out why they were unable to renew their respective permits which are now permanently revoked.

“We will just ban them from and terminate their licenses na hindi na sila makakapag-operate ng kanilang security business,” Romana noted.

Romana said there are still over 350 private security agencies that are facing closure in Metro Manila. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP to arrest security guards posing as cops to solicit donations during holiday season

admin   •   December 4, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines — The management of the Philippine National Police- Supervisory Office on Security and Investigation Agency (PNP-SOSIA) issued a memo last November 5 prohibiting its personnel from soliciting donations this holiday season.

This was after the agency’s chief received complaints about individuals who were posing as SOSIA personnel and asking stakeholders to donate for their holiday parties.  Stakeholders of SOSIA include security agencies and training centers.

SOSIA Enforcement Management Division Chief PSupt. Jaime Santos warned of conducting entrapment operations against poseurs who are soliciting cash and goods purportedly for the SOSIA party raffle.

“Pag naaktuhan na nagso-solicit or may sumbong sa local police ay aarestuhin po yan. Magkakaroon po ng entrapment at kakasuhan po sila ng, una, illegal use of uniform kung naka uniform sila ng pulis at kunwari nilang ipinatutupad ang kanilang tungkulin bilang pekeng pulis ay gagawan sila ng kasong usurpation of authority, “Santos said.

He added that SOSIA Chief PCSupt. Reczon Acabado has never ordered the agency’s personnel to solicit anything for their parties.

“Yung aming chief sa SOSIA ay masyadong mahigpit pagdating sa ganyan. Ayaw niya ng ganyan. Kapag napatunayan na ang aming kasamahan ay involved sa panghihingi ng pera ay pinaiimbestigahan niya kaagad yan at gusto niya kaagad ipasuspendi at ipa dismiss,” Santos said.

He also reminded his fellow policemen not to use their position to solicit gifts this holiday season.

“Huwag po nating abusuhin yung ating serbisyo at yung kautusan ay ating sundin na hindi tayo dapat mag solicit otherwise napaka higpit po ng pamunuan. Yung pinaghirapan mo na serbisyo mo pag nahuli ka at napatunayan ay sandali lang na maaalis ka sa serbisyo,” Santos said.

He added that SOSIA personnel always wear an ID and carry a letter order from SOSIA stating the purpose of their visit every time they go to a security agency, mall, bank, hotel and other establishments to conduct inspections. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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