Police Regional Office 9 formally culminated the observance of 22nd Police Community Relations Month with the theme “Police and Community: Sharing Responsibilities, Taking Action in Unity” during the Monday Morning Flag Raising Ceremony held at the PRO9 parade ground in Camp Abendan, Zamboanga City on July 31, 2017.
PSSUPT EDWIN S DE OCAMPO, Deputy Regional Director for Administration, and PSSUPT NARCISO B VERDADERO, Deputy Regional Director for Operation, led the conduct of the activity which was highlighted with the awarding ceremony for the deserving PRO9 units and PCR personnel for their valuable contribution to the overall efficiency of PRO9.
Zamboanga Del Norte Police Provincial Office was named Best PCR PPO, while Pagadian City Police Station and Tigbao Municipal Police Station, both under Zamboanga Del Sur Police Provincial Office were adjudged as Best PCR City Police Station and Municipal Police Station, respectively.
The other awardees are: PCINSP EDWIN D VERZON, Chief, PCRB, Zamboanga Sibugay PPO as Best PCR Senior Police Commissioned Officer (PCO), PINSP EVELYN F PORRAS, Chief PCRB (Best PCR Junior PCO) of Dipolog City Police Station, SPO4 Gane Mohammad Jailani, Chief Clerk, PCR, Zamboanga Del Sur PPO-Best PCR Senior PNCO, and PO1 Fe Eyas Celestial, PCR personnel of Titay MPS-Best PCR Junior PNCO.
In his message, Mr. Ronnie Lledo, Vice-Chairman of the PRO9 Regional Advisory Council and News Anchor of GBPI TV11, as guest of honor and speaker during the activity, emphasized that the effectivity of the police on the ground is greatly dependent upon the level of trust and cooperation that the community bestows upon him to do his job. He said that the police officers are not only facing the challenge of fighting criminality, it is also incumbent to educate himself on what are the causes of criminality in his particular community. He stated that identifying the root cause of our problems is fifty percent of the solution. The other fifty percent lies in the fact of his success to act as a catalyst for the people that he serves, so that they too may do something to address the root causes that give rise to criminality in our community.
He further said that he expects the police to address the root cause of the problem rather than act on the symptoms that plague our society. In doing so, the police and the people must learn to communicate and cooperate in addressing these challenges. Moreover, He emphasized that the police is the community and the community is the police. The police must know what he is fighting for and the people must be properly informed so that they too can appreciate, and more than that they too can work hand in hand with the police.