SAN FERNANDO CITY – Two hundred ninety eight new police personnel took their oath of office in a simple ceremony held at the police regional office grandstand here December 1.
The police recruits, 247 males and 51 females, were chosen from among 638 applicants from the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan after they have passed a stringent screening process undertaken by the regional screening committee on recruitment headed by Police Senior Superintendent Roman A. Felix, PRO1 deputy director for administration.
“You now officially belong to the special breed of men and women in the noble profession of law enforcement. To fully prepare yourselves for the demands of your new job, you still have to go through the requisite training. But let me tell you now that your job entails adherence to the PNP motto of Service, Honor and Justice,” Chief Superintendent Orlando M. Mabutas, director of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) said in his speech during the oath-taking.
Mabutas advised the young policemen to always keep in mind the people’s rights while enforcing the law without fear or favor, reminding them that “PRO1 is the home of the citizen-friendly policeman and protector of human rights.”
“By now, it should be clear that you need to have a major transformation – from plain civilians to true police officers. The whole PNP itself is undergoing a major change through its integrated transformation program which is aimed to transform the whole organization into a more capable, effective and credible police force,” Mabutas added.
After the oathtaking, the new police officers, now with the rank of PO1, will undergo a one-year training at the Regional Training School 1 in Aringay, La Union.
The hiring of the police officers completes the second phase of the PRO1 regular recruitment program for the year 2010.#