PNP Regional Director P/Chief Supt. Elmer Soria awards “Medalya ng Papuri” to PNP members P/CI Marben Ordonia, SPO1 Gaudencio Rueda, PO3 Salvador Suarez and P/SInsp. Rodelio Ong Quinto on Monday, taking time to meet and instruct the Samar PNP elements led by PD Eusebio Boy Mejos on the enhanced implementation of Special Laws. (Photo by PIA Samar)

IN LINE with the new program PNP PATROL Plan 2030 initiated by PNP Chief “Pulis nyo Po” Director General Nicanor Bartolome, the policemen in Eastern Visayas renewed yesterday their commitment for effective and efficient public service to the people.

In a solemn candle lighting ceremony presided over by Police Regional Director PCSupt. Elmer R. Soria held at Matapat Hall, Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte on August 23, top officials and their men vowed anew to perform with integrity and professionalism their duties and obligations as law enforcers.

Top officials of PRO8 composed of Command Groups, Directorial Staffs, Provincial and City Directors and Chiefs of Police from different police stations swore to contribute in accomplishing the PNP’s mission and support wholeheartedly the Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule-of-Law or PNP Patrol Plan 2030, the police organization’s roadmap in attaining a highly capable, effective and credible police service by year 2030.

“We made our choice to take our chance in making a change for the better,” said RD Soria saying that with the PNP Patrol Plan, the organization now has clear sense of direction and has an effective leadership to carry-out its mission.

Under his watch, Soria directed his men “to strive to become the best that they could be” in order for the organization to be truly transformed. These, he said, was his standing orders to his men, especially during visits and inspections to different line units.

The Regional Director is confident that the goals of the transformation program is attainable, given the gains it achieved the past few years, and the active support of stakeholders in the community.

Promotion and establishing partnerships contributes well to the PNP vision, and based on his assessment of the situation in the ground, the PATROL Plan 2030 is well-supported by various partners like LGU’s, NGO’s and the media, Soria averred.

Earlier, PNP chief Bartolome primed his 143,000 strong officers and rank and file personnel for an added law enforcement functions in next year’s mid-term elections.

“In the next couple of months, we shall be switching to election mode when the election period shall officially commence in January 2013,” Bartolome told police troops as he formally administered the oath of office to some 1,000 Camp Crame-based police personnel who were promoted to the next higher rank.

The Chief PNP earlier approved the promotion of 9,706 police personnel under the Regular Promotion Program for 2012.

The newly-promoted PNP personnel include 159 Police Commissioned Officers (PCO) with ranks of Police Inspector to Police Superintendent, and 9,547 Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCO) with ranks of Police Officer 2 to Senior Police Officer 4.

The 9,706 newly-promoted PNP personnel are made up of 37 from the National Headquarters, 965 from the National Support Units, and 8,704 from the Police Regional Offices.

PNP Spokesman, Chief Superintendent Generoso R Cerbo Jr. said the newly-promoted PNCOs will be tapped to assume junior leadership roles to supervise freshly-trained recruits who are expected to be placed on full-duty status upon completion of basic training in time for pre-election security operations in early 2013.

In the succeeding months, a large number of police recruits will graduate from the Police National Training Institute (PNTI) and are expected to report for duty in the Regional Public Safety Battalions (RPSB), Cerbo said.

“The Police Regional Offices are ready to accept these rookie policemen into their ranks, while the National Headquarters is ready to provide them with mission-essential individual equipment, including service sidearms, the PNP Spokesman said. (With reports from the PNP-PIO)


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