The Soroptimist of Silay

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Thursday, October 11, 2012


THE month of October opened with the Soroptimist International of Silay having its 4th Police Moral Upliftment and Operational Enhancement Training Seminar in the City of Talisay. It was a week-long retraining program done in a collaborative partnership between the City of Talisay headed by its Mayor Doc Eric Saratan and the Soroptimist group of Silay and in cooperation with the National Police Commission and the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office, which is headed by Police Senior Superintendent Milko D. Lirazan, OIC, Office of the Provincial Director.

The training's main aim is to achieve competence in the job of every police officer. The continuous training is to keep our police force abreast with and make them appreciate, understand and deal with the demands of the police service in a fast changing environment, and the ways by which the community members interact with them and to adapt and respond to these changes.

Commissioner Luisito T. Palmera of the Napolcom, the guest speaker, was most grateful to the Soroptimists for spearheading the project, most especially through the efforts of Carmen Flor, past governor of Soroptimist International of Silay, who is currently the Chairperson of the Community Pillar of the Napolcom Technical Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (TCCPCJ).

He exhorted the police participants to tread the righteous path (Tuwid na Daan) in the performance of their duties. He challenged them to be guided by the 4 Cs: Capacity to think; Capability to perform their job; Character to carry out their mission; and the Culture that every policeman must uphold and should possess.

Another guest speaker, Assistant Secretary Wilfredo S. Oca of the Presidential Management Staff, stressed that the policeman should not be the Master of the community but rather the Servant of the people. He also gave a lecture on the pertinent provisions of Republic Act 6713, likewise known as the Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Mayor Eric Saratan did the welcome remarks in the opening ceremonies. Together with the Sangguniang Bayan members, he expressed their deep appreciation for choosing the City of Talisay for this important retraining program. Present likewise during the activity were Police Chief Superintendent Agremero Cruz Jr., regional director of Police Regional Office 6, and Police Chief Superintendent Manuel B. Felix, deputy regional director for administration.

The Soroptimist Silay hopes to have this noteworthy and noble project duplicated in the other municipalities and cities in Negros Occidental with the cooperation of the local government units.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 11, 2012.

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