THE Philippine National Police (PNP) reminded its personnel that aside from ensuring their effectiveness and efficiency in maintaining peace and order in their areas, they should also keep in mind their responsibilities to their families.
During the annual mass wedding hosted Tuesday, February 20, by the PNP Chaplain Service for its personnel, Chaplain Service director Senior Superintendent Father Jason Ortizo said police personnel should be responsible, God-fearing and a loving husband or wife and father or mother to his or her children as it will reflect on what they do at work.
Nineteen PNP couples joined the annual mass wedding, which was held at the Saint Joseph Church inside the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Tuesday.
Among those who stood as principal sponsors of the couples were PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa and his wife Nancy, Police Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario and his wife Janette, Police Deputy Director General Fernando Mendez and his wife Maria Lourdes and Police Deputy Director General Archie Francisco Gamboa and his wife Rizanne Peru.
“Dapat maipadama natin sa ating mga personnel na mahalaga sa atin ang kalagayan ng kanilang pamilya kaya ginawan natin ng mga programa na nagpapakita na may malasakit tayo sa pamilya ng ating mga personnel tulad nitong Mass Wedding”, Ortizo said.
In his speech, Dela Rosa said the husbands should always honor the sacrifices of their wives.
"Marami tayong pinagdadaanang hirap sa pagpapatupad ng ating tungkulin kaya naman lubos din ang aking paghanga sa misis ng ating mga police personnel dahil tanggap nila ang buhay ng kanilang mga asawa," Dela Rosa said.
He also said that there is nothing wrong with being “ander da saya.”
"Magpaka-ander da saya ka. Very successful ako sa aking pagiging ander da saya," said Dela Rosa.
Happily married police officers are effective public servants, he added.
Dela Rosa also urged the couples to live within their means.
Earlier, National Police Commission vice-chairman Rogelio Casurao noted the importance of a good family relationship in the performance of every police officer.
“Dapat ang pamilya talaga ay palakasin kasi ito ay pinaghuhugutan ng kahit nino man sa pakikitungo niya sa lipunan,” Casurao said after he announced that 85 percent of the 352 policemen dismissed since August 2016 have family problems which may have influenced their poor performance or involvement in the illegal transactions. (SunStar Philippines)