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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY AND THE THING CALLED MENTORING LEADERSHIP

June 19, 2021 Alfred P. Dalizon 742 views

THIS day, I join the entire country in recognizing the commitment, the untiring effort and work of all Fathers, specifically our front-liners who have risked or have been risking their lives in keeping our streets safe and helping prevent the further spread of the deadly virus.

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I would like to particularly cite majority of our policemen who, despite the presence of a very few misfits and scalawags who taint the image of the organization, continue to daily display kind deeds and other heroic acts only them and the people whose lives they have touched know.

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Many have been said about Fathers, the family patriarch, the mentor, the good teacher and role model. Thus, I fully agree with the PNP leadership headed by General Gilor Eleazar each time they stress the issue of mentorship in the much-maligned organization.

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I do believe that one of the major responsibilities of a father is to mentor his child/children and be a good role model to them inside their home. This is the very same reason why I want to be in the good company of police officers and men who have really proven to be exceptional fathers, many of them having done quite a very excellent job in raising their children.

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I happened to know so many policemen who have produced outstanding kids, those who brought pride and honor to their families. Many of these policemen-fathers are sons of poor farmers, jeepney drivers, market vendors and ordinary wage earners.

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However, being poor did not stop them from giving their kids the best education they can afford. Thus, it heartens me to hear that there are doctors, dentists, engineers, architects, IT experts, entrepreneurs and company managers who are sons or daughters of police officers.

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It also heartens me to hear that some fathers-policemen have been treating their subordinates as their sons and proteges and doing their best to ensure that the ones they are mentoring would live up to the real standards of a police officer.

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Breathing the same air they breathe over the past 30 years, I have known hundreds of police officers-generals and colonels included-who have excelled in the PNP after being in the company of now retired officials who are known for their mentoring leadership.

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Many of these retired officials really acted as trusted advisers to their men, inculcating on their minds the value of good leadership, good wisdom and honesty while helping them find their own true self by developing their own natural strengths and potentials in order to succeed.

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This has happened to many police star-rank officials who, in their much younger days have served as ‘aide-de-camps’ or worked under the tutelage of scores of now retired PNP generals including those who became PNP chiefs, members of the Command Group, commanders of the different National Operational and Administrative Support Units or police regional directors.

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Many active PNP generals have told me in the past that they owe a lot of gratitude to their former bosses who have offered them real substantive good advice. This is also the reason why each time a PNP chief or a newly-promoted police general takes his oath, he never forgets to thank his former bosses, even asking them to attend their oath-taking.

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Right now, what the PNP needs is to have many ‘mentoring leaders’ in the organization, starting from the screening and eventual training of patrolmen/patrolwomen and specifically, at the PNP Academy. We don’t need officers who will show bad example to our trainees right at the start of their training.

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As ‘Fathers,’ PNP officers should really serve as a good role model to their students and instill to them the core values of the force and teach them how to really be effective and efficient police officers in the future.

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As ‘Fathers,’ we don’t want our kids to go astray. In fact, we immediately discipline them when they disobey our orders, both inside and outside the confines of our homes. This should also be true in the case of our officers and their subordinates.

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‘Walang takipan,” as Gen. Eleazar had said when it comes to disciplining policemen who have committed serious breaches in discipline and other irregularities in the performance of their duties.

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Listen to these words from the top cop: “Tayong mga pulis po ang mga tagapagpatupad ng batas kaya’t dapat tayo ang nangunguna sa pagsunod dito. How will civilians follow the rules and regulations or ordinances if our law enforcers do not?” Hindi nila seseryosohin ang mga regulasyong ipinatutupad natin kung tayo mismo, makikita nilang hindi naman sumusunod sa mga ito.” I think this also applies to all Fathers and their kids. Well said Chief.

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On a personal note, I would like to say Happy Fathers’ Day to all my fellow fathers, to all my good friends in the police force led by Gen. Eleazar and other law enforcement agencies, those who retired included, my colleagues and bosses led by our publisher and editor-in-chief Gus Villanueva, my father-in-law Willy Palenzuela.

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I also would like to mention my late father Alejandro–who just like our long departed mother Loreta–instilled to us his children the value of honesty, kindness, discipline and most importantly, the love for our country and the need to respect our laws. I love you Tatay and Nanay.

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To all Fathers, thank you for always believing in your children despite the challenges and other predicaments. Happy Fathers’ Day.

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