Velasco lauds PNP for efforts in war vs COVID

July 19, 2021 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 397 views

SPEAKER Lord Allan Velasco on Monday lauded members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for their contributions in the fight against coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), as he joined them in celebrating the 26th Police Community Relations Month with the theme, “Pulisya at Pamayanan, BARANGAYanihan sa Hamon ng Pandemya at Laban sa Krimen.”

Speaking during the event held at the PNP-National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) headquarters in Taguig City, Velasco recognized the role of the country’s police force in keeping communities safe during the pandemic.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa malaking ambag ng ating mga pulis upang mapanatili ang kapayapaan at kaayusan sa ating bansa. Batid po natin na lalong tumindi ang trabaho ng ating mga pulis dahil sa umiiral na pandemya,” Velasco said.

“Sumasaludo rin po ako sa ating mga unipormadong kawani na naglaan at nagsakripisyo ng kanilang buhay, kalusugan, at kaligtasan upang ang mas malaking bahagi ng ating lipunan ay maging mas ligtas sa umiiral na sakit sa ating lipunan,” he added.

Velasco also emphasized the importance of the police and local communities working together to ensure peace and order and address criminality.

He said that in order for law enforcement to be truly effective, the police cannot operate alone; they must have the active support and assistance of citizens and communities.

“Kailangan natin ang kooperasyon ng ating mamamayan upang lalong mapagbuti ang pagmamatyag laban sa krimen, iligal na droga, at terorismo,” Velasco pointed out.

“Kailangan ang kritikal na pakikipagtulungan hanggang sa hanay ng barangay upang masiguro natin na mas magiging payapa ang ating mga kabahayan at komunidad.”

The Police Community Relations Month is celebrated each year in July, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 764. The monthlong celebration aims to develop closer interaction between the police and the communities they serve in handling peace and order concerns.

NCRPO chief Police Major General Vicente Danao Jr. had invited Velasco as guest of honor and speaker at the celebration, which coincided with the regular flag raising ceremony at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.

Part of the celebration is the awarding ceremonies for deserving PNP personnel and stakeholders, and regional winners of the Sining Bayanihan Arts and Culture Competition.

Velasco also administered the oath for regional and district officers and advisers of Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo or KKDAT, a PNP program designed to organize a movement that encourages and strengthens the youth’s ability in suppressing illegal drug and terrorism problems in the community.

The Speaker likewise received a briefing from Danao and other NCRPO officials about the ongoing security preparations for the sixth and final State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to be held at the Batasan Pambansa complex in Quezon City on July 26.