First batch of ‘erring cops’ undergo PNP retraining
September 11, 2019 - Wednesday 4:09 AM by Ruth PaloPhoto by the Official Gazette
DAVAO CITY -- The first batch of police officers facing different administrative cases started their 30- day refresher training course on Tuesday in a bid by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to cleanse its organization of scalawags.
Police Regional Office (PRO) director Brigadier General Marcelo Morales said the first batch of 50 officers -- 19 commissioned officers 31 non-commissioned officers --
are those who committed non-dismissable offenses like tardiness, discourteousness, and absence without leave.
Morales said on the first day of undergoing the Police Reformation and Enhancement of Skills and Personality Course dubbed "PRO 11 MADAYAW PROGRAM," he gave the participants a lengthy lecture on using the time “to ponder and reflect” on how they could be better persons and better police officers in order to be of service to the people.
“Remember, we have vowed to serve and protect the people. If we cannot be trusted, where will they go now?" he said.
MADAYAW, which stands for Make Every Day A Way of Change, aims to instill in all PNP personnel a strong sense of commitment, dedication, and responsibility to police work geared towards a God-centered, service-oriented and family-based life.
"I myself will supervise this training,” Morales said. “Hindi ito dapat ikinagagalit ng kahit sinong mapasali because this will help them correct their wrongdoings that have tainted the image of the police force. Kasi kung alam nila na mali pala ang kanilang ginagawa, in the first place they should not have done what they did. Wala sana sila dito."
(Those who are part of it should not be angry because this will help them correct their wrongdoings that have tainted the image of the police force. In the first place they should not have done what they did. They would not have been here.)"
Morales encouraged his men not to lose their morale and instead accept the program as a challenge and as a second chance given to them by the organization.
Morales emphasized that the reformation program under the Focused Reformation, Reorientation, and Moral Enhancement for Police Officers in Line with Internal Cleansing Efforts (FORM Police) is not a punishment but is a “restorative approach” at internal cleansing “through a continuing re-training program that personnel must undergo to promote the desire to completely reform the organization and its wayward personnel.”
“It will also focus on values formation and spiritual development of PNP personnel thus tapping the PRO 11 Chaplain Service to play a vital role in re-orientation on the propagation of basic traits and moral conduct a police officer should have,” Morales added.
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