Cops, community urged to improve relationship for country

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Police officers and personnel and the members of the community were urged to have a better and improved relationship for a better and changed country.

Philippine Information Agency Regional Director Helen Tibaldo, in her message during the 22nd Police Community Relations Month Culminating program at Camp Bado Dangwa on Friday, said good relationship between the police and the communities they are tasked to serve is a vital step towards the achievement of greater levels of confidence, which is building on assuring safety of citizens.

She said improved and strengthened police-community relations will not only lead to greater levels of personal security but will have a significant role to play in the resolution of community conflicts and the development of more harmonious relations between the police and the members of the community.

Tibaldo said as public servants, they have to devote time to build contacts and relationships with the community to improve their performance to serve the people better.

“At times, we have to make use of our personal treasures in order to support some operations or even make sacrifices for the sake of the community for the common good,” Tibaldo said.

“Let us look forward with a renewed sense of purpose and inspired by the hope of a better things to come. Let us be the walking police community relations officers or “public inspiration officers” dedicated to serving our fellowmen,” Tibaldo added.

Tibaldo was assisted by Police Regional Office-Cordillera Command Group led by regional director Chief Superintendent Elmo Francis Sarona in awarding plaques to the outstanding police officers and units in Police Community Relations (PCR) of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera.

The individual awardees were Supt. Sosimo Rancho as the Outstanding Junior Police Commissioned Officer (PCO), Senior Police Officer 1 Fredderick Tomita as Outstanding Senior Police Non-Commissioned Officer (PNCO) and PO3 Lenie Turalba as Outstanding Junior PNCO.

In the unit awards, Abra Provincial Police Office was named the outstanding PPO and Lagangilang Municipal Police Station in Abra as the Outstanding MPS. The Baguio City Police Office was awarded the Outstanding CPO of the year.

Awardees in the field of Public Information were SPO2 Cresilda Maestre for the regional level, PSI. Mary Grace Marron for the provincial level and SPO2 Erano Dela Cruz for the city level.

Special awards were also given to Hotel and Restaurants Association of Baguio President and Baguio Country Club General Manager Anthony De Leon, PNP Cordillera Press Corps President Cesar Reyes and RD Tibaldo.

PCR Month aims to strengthen community participation in crime prevention with this year’s theme of “Police and Community: Sharing Responsibility, Taking Action in Unity.”

The National Police Commission is the lead agency of the celebration pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 764 dated January 24, 2005 declaring the month of July of every year as PCR Month. This aims to forge stronger partnership and community support in peacekeeping and public safety programs of the Philippine National Police. (PR)
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