PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Thursday called on all members of the 210,000-strong force to help promote integrity and cleanliness in their organization as they commemorated the 120th Police Service Anniversary in virtual ceremonies at Camp Crame amid the pandemic.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año, in separate video message streamed live nationwide expressed their gratitude to the PNP’s successful war on criminality, drug, terror and corruption and gave their continuous support to all undertakings of the organization.
Gen. Eleazar said this year’s celebration focuses mainly on the aspiration of the organization to promote integrity and cleanliness in all aspect of police service with the theme “Hangad na Kalinisan sa Kapulisan, Kapaligiran at Komunidad Ibayong Gampanan para sa Pangkapulisang Integridad”.
“Our job as police officer is one of the most challenging forms of public service. What we do, how we think and how we behave are always a special concern for the people in the community even if we are on off-duty,” he said.
The PSA is annually celebrated in August in commemoration of the establishment of the Philippine Constabulary as the country’s first insular police force founded on August 8, 1901. However, due to the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine in the National Capital Region and in compliance with the IATF policy and guidelines, the event was previously suspended.
“The true measure of public service is the appreciation, the trust, the confidence and the respect of the people we serve. Kaya naman kahit late ang ating Police Service Anniversary celebration dito sa Camp Crame, due to strict quarantine measures in Metro Manila, I made sure that the true spirit of our anniversary is understood and celebrated by our personnel on the groud because our police stations and offices in various parts of the country are the true frontl-iners of our police service,” said the top cop.
The PNP chief likewise underscored significant and major police operational accomplishments and good deeds of the police which serve as inspiration to professionalize further their.
DILG Undersecretary for Peace and Order Bernardo C. Florece Jr., representing Sec. Año , was assigned by Gen. Eleazar in giving plaques to this year’s individual awardees, Colonel Jerry F. Bearis, Col. Serafin F. Petalio II, Lieutenant Col. Ernesto DC Nebalasca Jr., Lt. Col. Hoover T. Antonio, Police Executive Master Sergeants Roberto L. de los Angeles and Christopher R. Ibañez, Corporal Gary B. de Guzman and Non-Uniformed Personnel Robilyn M. Rojas and Grace I. Dimaano.
The Unit Awardees are the Police Regional Office 3, Engineering Service, Intelligence Group, Calabarzon Regional Mobile Force Battalion, Sorgoson Police Provincial Office, 2nd Camarines Sur Provincial Mobile Force Company, Naga City Mobile Force Company, Aroroy Municipal Police Station, Davao City Police Office and Roxas City Police Station.
Individual special awards for their COVID-19 operations were likewise given to Lt. Col. Bevery L. de Guzman, Lt. Col. Christopher D. Melchor, Lt. Gladys Q. Banzuelo, Staff Sgt. Ma. Filomena R. Flores, Captain Clyde B. Kalyawen and Major Liezel B. Mindaña.
Special Unit awardees were the PNP Health Service under Brigadier Gen. Antonino R. Cirujales, the Crime Laboratory under Brig. Gen. Pascual G. Muñoz, the PNP Drug Enforcement Group headed by Brig. Gen. Remus B. Medina and the Revitalized-Puli sa Barangay of the PRO11 headed by Brig. Gen. Filmore B. Escobal.
Awards were also given to JTF COVID Shield commander, Lieutenant Gen. Israel Ephraim T. Dickson, ASCOTF commander, Lt. Gen. Joselito M. Vera Cruz, Major Gen. Rhodel O. Sermonia of the Directorate for Operations, the PNP Officers Ladies Club headed by Mrs. Rosalie H. Eleazar and Mrs. Leticia O. Cruz and Maor Julio F. Parayno III.
A Special Posthumous Awards was also given to the late Master Sgt. Amado D. Ormilon Jr. who died while helping fight a fire that stuck a part of Camp Crame last January.