PEOPLE'S LAW ENFORCEMENT BOARD (PLEB)

Background

The People's Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) is a check in balance mechanism. It is part of the Rule of Law under which an ordinary citizen can have redress of his grievance against law enforcers who abuse their authority. The PLEB involves the active participation of the community and empowers the individual citizen and the community as a whole in instilling discipline in the ranks of our law enforcers, or providing rewards and incentives for exceptional performance.

There is a current push to strengthen the PLEBs to empower citizens in consideration of recent events and relevant developments in our country today. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has emphasized that while he supports the police, he will not tolerate graft and corruption and abuses. In other words, there is no place for rogue policemen in the PNP. Thus, the PLEB plays a crucial role in weeding out police scalawags and helping good cops remain good.

Legal Basis and References

  • Republic Act 6975, or the DILG Act of 1990;
  • Republic Act 8551, or the Philippine National Police Reform Act of 1998;
  • Republic Act 10924, or the General Appropriations Act of FY 2017;
  • NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 2016-002, or the Revised Rules of Procedure Before the Administrative Disciplinary Authorities and the Internal Affirs Service of the Philippine National Police;
  • Local Budget Circular No. 73, dated January 10, 2001, or the Guidelines on the Grant of Compensation Benefit to Local Regulatory Boards/Quasi-Judicial Bodies and Similar Bodies in Provincies/Cities/Municipalities and Barangay Volunteer Frontline Workers;
  • General Guidelines for the Implementation of the Program Capacity Enhancement for People's Law Enforcement Boards (PLEBs)

Background of PLEB ONLINE DATABASE SYSTEM (PODS)

Section 43. People's Law Enforcement Board (PLEB). (a) Creation and Functions. Within thirty (30) days from the issuance of the implementing rules and regulations by the Commission, there shall be created by the sangguniang panlungsod/bayan in every city and municipality such number of People's Law Enforcement Boards (PLEBs) as may be necessary: Provided, That there shall be at least one (1) PLEB for every municipality and for each of the legislative districts in a city. The PLEB shall have jurisdiction to hear and decide citizen's complaints or cases filed before it against erring officers and members of the PNP. There shall be at least one (1) PLEB for every five hundred (500) city or municipal police personnel. http://pleb.blgs-pcmd.com

Milestone

  • January to February 2017- a series of meetings with Senator Richard Gordon, NAPOLCOM,DILG and other stakeholders were held re: the PLEB Program.
         - Outputs for the PLEB Program would be an online system to monitor PLEBs.
  • July 3, 2017- PLEB 2017 budget was released
  • August 15, 2017- the PLEB PMO conducted the Orientation on PLEB for DILG Regional Focal Persons and the Program Management Teams of the Priority Regions, where the idea for the online system was first consulted with the DILG Regional Focal Persons.
  • September 2017- National Training of Trainers for Capacity Enhancement of People’s Law Enforcement Boards was conducted. The proposed online monitoring system was also presented during this event. Participants provided insights and inputs to the said system.


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