Philippine authorities face great challenges as the country, being an archipelagic state, is a potent refuge or safe haven for international criminals as well as foreign terrorist fighters. Tracking and monitoring them, making arrest, and sustaining border security against wanted personalities are among the operational challenges that we shall be undertaking on our way forward.
In 2004, in connection with INTERPOL, NCB (National Central Bureau) Manila has established connection to the I-24/7 Network of INTERPOL General Secretariat. This has made communications with the INTERPOL Organization faster and easier, strengthening border security.
With the drive to empower front-line officers with critical information, the Interpol General Secretariat set out to expand the network beyond the NCBs. The Philippines, having easily picked up on the importance of such information getting to the field, started expanding in 2005. After years of planning and coordinating, many law enforcement entities have been connected to the I-24/7 network through this endeavor.
To further enhance security borders against criminals, INTERPOL’s I-24/7 databases will be installed in eight international airports and seaports, located in Cebu, Laoag, Aklan, Iloilo, Clark, Davao, Cagayan De Oro and Zamboanga. With more borders to have this system installed, they can easily track down wanted personalities by limiting their movements, thus minimizing/ preventing the possibility of victimizing another person in another place.