By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar, arrived in Negros Occidental over the weekend for a command visit to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) and the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).
Eleazar arrived via helicopter from Guimaras last Saturday, October 9, and immediately proceeded to visit the Talisay City Police Station.
He also met with the local chief executives in the province before heading to NOCPPO’s headquarters at Camp Alfredo Montelibano where he also led the awarding ceremonies to several of their units and personnel.
Eleazar specifically praised the Talisay City Police Station, which he described clean and everything was orderly when he paid a visit to the station.
He also praised the members of the Cadiz City Police Station, especially its commander, Police Lt. Colonel Rocky Desear, for their speedy resolution to the recent robbery-slay of Jessica Ducay, a senior high school teacher of the Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Memorial National High School.
Police arrested the suspect, Delleon Del Rosario, early Friday morning.
“Mabilis ang naging aksyon ng inyong PNP sa kasong ito at ito naman ay kabilang sa ating mga repormang ipinapatupad upang patuloy na maramdaman ng ating mga kababayan ang tunay na serbisyong pulis pagdating sa pagpapatupad ng batas at pagpapanagot sa mga lumalabag dito,” , Eleazar said.
He added, “Makakaasa ang ating mga kababayan ng aming patuloy na pagsisikap na baliktarin ang sitwasyon kung saan ang takot ay dapat mamayani sa puso at isipan ng mga kriminal at hindi ng ating mga kababayan na sumusunod sa batas.”
Yesterday morning, Eleazar visited the BCPO’s Police Station 1 located in Bacolod City’s San Juan Street and he also scrutinized and inspected the station and its records.
Although he noted that the building where the station stands is not yet up to standards, he still praised the station’s personnel as he noted that the police station is orderly and cleanliness is excellently maintained.
He then proceeded on to the BCPO’s headquarters in the city’s Magsaysay Avenue in order to also award the best performing units and personnel.
In his message to the personnel of NOCPPO and BCPO, Eleazar said he only has six months to place all of the police stations and offices in the country in order and get rid of the erring cops in the force.
He also explained the importance of getting rid of the “Padrino System” and replacing it with the “Nameless, and Faceless” system of recruitment of new police officers, pointing out the Padrino System robs the PNP of successfully getting personnel who are far more capable, performing, and deserving.
“Nandyan na ang lahat ng programa, lahat ng doktrina, at lahat ng polisiya sa ating roadmap, ang kulang na lang ay strict implementation and effective supervision,” Eleazar said.
(All of the programs, all of the doctrines, and all of the policies to our roadmap are already set, what we lack though is strict implementation and effective supervision.”)
He reminded both NOCPPO and BCPO personnel to always do good with their duties and do immediate corrective action even at the smallest of issues to prevent it from getting worse, pointing out if the problem becomes bigger, it would create a negative response and outlook from the public.
“Dapat makita [ng mga tao] na presentable at maayos na opisina, hindi yung madumi o mapanghi, dahil kung ganun anung klaseng respeto ang makukuha natin sa [publiko],” he added.
(“Our offices and stations must always look presentable and orderly, because if the offices look filthy, what kind of respect are we going to get from the public.”)
He further reminded the police commanders that police stations are the “window to the soul of the PNP.”/DGB, WDJ