SAN FERNANDO CITY – Two hundred forty nine recruits from the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan took their oath as police officers 1 in a ceremony held here July 2.
Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu, Region 1 police director, administered the oath of office to the new police officers composing 204 males and 45 females.
Police Senior Superintendent Reynaldo G. Biay, head of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division (RPHRDD), said that of the 249 new police officers (PO1), 147 were recruited through the 2012 PO1 Regular Recruitment Program and 102 through the 2012 PO1 Attrition Recruitment Program.
The number of recruits that successfully hurdled the rigid screening process set by the PNP and strictly implemented by the Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) Regional Screening Committee (RSC) headed by Police Chief Superintendent Roman A. Felix was 52 short of the total 301 quota for the Region 1.
Region 1 was given a quota of 159 for the regular program and 142 for the attrition program.
In his message to the recruits, General Bucayu said that work in law enforcement is unexpected and always on the move and on guard 24/7 in order to keep the community safe.
He said they will undergo 6-month Public Safety Basic Recruit Course (PSBRC) and the subsequent Field Training Program (FTP) designed to fully prepare them for the exacting demands of police work.
“Bilang mga bagong lingkod ng bayan, ipakita ninyo na kayo ay may “serbisyong pagkukusa” because we cannot compromise the safety of our people who are the very reason of our existence,” stressed the Regional Director even as he emphasized to them the PNP motto of Service, Honor and Justice.
Bucayu presented certificates of appreciation to PCSupt. Felix and Dir. Evangeline R. Almirante, Assistant Regional Director of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Regional Office 1, chairperson and vice-chairperson of the RSC respectively, in recognition of their efficient leadership of the said committee.
Similar awards were also handed to RSC members that included Cipriano Martinez, Regional Peace and Order Council representative; Corazon G. Salindong, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) representative; Dr. Nora R. Peñaflor, Women’s Sector representative; and PSSupt. Biay for their invaluable support to the PNP.
After the oath-taking ceremony, the recruits were transported to the Regional Training School in Aringay, La Union to undergo the PSBRC. #