PNP Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome hands over the plaque for the “Best NGO 2011 Award” to Peace, Action and Rescue with Dedication to Serve the Society (PARDSS) National President and Founder Danilo Abella while Gen. Lina Sarmiento and other top generals watched in a ceremony highlighting the 111th Police Service Anniversary held at Camp Crame, Quezon City. (Ricky Bautista)

THE Peace, Action and Rescue with Dedication to Serve the Society (PARDSS) which provides support to the government particularly to the Philippine National Police have been recently named as the “Best Non-Government Organization 2011” in a nationwide search.

The PNP chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome personally handed over the plaque to PARDSS National President and Founder Danilo Abella during the August 8 awarding ceremony at the jammed packed Multi-Purpose Hall of Camp Crame in Quezon City.

General Lina C. Sarmiento, Ms Balsy Aquino-Cruz who represented President Benigno Aquino III alongside with other top PNP officials, witnessed the ceremony – one of the highlights of the PNPs 111th Police Service Anniversary.

As a Volunteer Group

PARDSS is a non-governmental organization duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with a prime mission of helping the PNP and the local government units in promoting peace, unity, public safety and development.

“We renders free service to the community, back to back with the PNP personnel, such as conducting street crime monitoring, highway patrolling, relief and rescue activities, crowd control and participate in all kinds of PNP programs,” said Pres. Abella.

Abella, a military man by profession, said teamwork and dedication to serve the community may have been just few of the reasons why the organization earned the prestigious award. PARDSS bested many other equally active volunteer organizations duly accredited by the national police.

Started in 2006, the PARDSS has active members and chapters scattered throughout the country, all performing well in giving free assistance to the local policemen and local government units in its anti-crime drives, crime monitoring and securing peace and order.

Award Evaluation

Abella added that PARDSS undergo close evaluation and performance review by the screening committee before it qualify as official entry to the National Search for Best Performing NGO 2011. Last week, Abella said he was elated upon learning that his group with more than a million members won the Award.

Based on the documents submitted for evaluation, the PARDSS successfully impressed the screening committee and picked the group as the Best Volunteer Organization among other private groups accredited by the police.

The winning group was also an active member of the Association of Chiefs of Police of the Philippines (ACPPI), Philippine National Police – Federation of Accredited NGOs (PNPFAN), Alliance of Concerned PNP Accredited NGOs (ACPAN) and under close supervision of the Police Community Relations Group (PCRG) of the PNP.

President Abella said, “The citation will not be possible without the support of our hardworking members in the lower levels, which is why I would like to attribute the success of the national hierarchy to them.”

The PARDSS, Abella said, operates in the spirit of voluntarism by conducting values enhancement seminars, extend assistance to the PNP and other law enforcement agencies in their anti-crime drive against all kinds of criminal activities, mobilize nationwide Police Community Relation Network, counter check and monitor erring PNP Personnel, medical and dental operations, bloodletting, clean-up drives and relief operations.

“In all cases, we do spend our own money to be used in our operations. Our expenses such as gasoline, food, uniform, medicines, and even relief goods and medical kits, we used in our relief and rescue activities, came from our own pockets. But still, volunteers keep on coming showing interest to be enlisted,” he added.

Like any other PNP accredited organization, the PARDSS also function to monitor unscrupulous elements committing illegal recruitment, illegal gambling, illegal fishing, robbery, corruption, theft, rape, smuggling, kidnapping, murder, drug abuse, child abuse and sexual harassment.

Rescue and Anti-illegal drugs campaign

Earlier, the PARDSS formed a special unit dubbed as Rescue and Radio Communication (RRC) which operates and patrols 24/7 in Metro Manila streets. “The people always count on us,” Abella said.

He adds: “(And) seeing the effectiveness of these latest accomplishments, we are planning to replicate this in our regional, provincial, city and municipal chapters nationwide to serve more people that need our service.”

The United Movement against Drugs (Unimad) through its Founder Rep. Teddy Lim recently vowed to support the group by providing funds in the rescue and patrolling operations. In a recent meeting, both camps agreed to help each other in their anti-illegal drugs advocacies. (Ricky Bautista)