CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO — Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu, Region 1 police director, led the kick-off ceremony of the 16th Police-Community Relations Month celebration, during the flag-raising ceremony held on July 4 at the Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) grandstand here.
With the theme, “Matatag na Ugnayan ng Mamamayan at Kapulisan Tungo sa Mapayapa at Ligtas na Pamayanan”, The PCR Month is celebrated in coordination with the National Police Commission-Regional Office 1 (NAPOLCOM-RO1).
The featured activities for the month-long celebration include: Barangay Peacekeeping Operations and Management Seminar on July 7, Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP) on July 12, school-based orientation on July 14, tree-planting on July 15, interfaith consultative dialogue on July 19, clean-up drive along coastal areas and waterways on July 21, school-based project on July 26, and blood-letting activity on July 28.
The regional director handed out the awards for best PCR units to La Union Police Provincial Office (provincial level), Dagupan City Police Station (city level), and Bauang Municipal Police Station (municipal level), and in the individual category to Police Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat, Jr., chief of police of Dagupan City; Police Chief Inspector Artemio C. Infante, chief of police of Bauang, La Union; Senior Police Officer 2 Rodrigo P. Vinluan; and Police Officer 2 Charlie R. Llarenas.
Bucayu also handed out certificates of appreciation to Bauang Mayor Eulogio Clarence Martin P. De Guzman in recognition of the constant support of the Municipality of Bauang to the PNP, and to the Junior Chamber International-Naguilian Basi, this year’s NGO awardee. Special awards were conferred to Mr. Gualberto “Jun” A. Elias, publisher of Star Northern Luzon, and Mr. Daniel M. Arzabal, radio anchorman/reporter of Bombo Radyo La Union, for their invaluable support in the dissemination of PRO1’s various PCR programs and activities.
“A strong relationship between the police and the community counts more than any other weapon in law enforcement. Being able to harness the community’s confidence, trust and wholehearted support in the police is already half the battle won,” the regional director stressed in his message.
Meanwhile, Police Superintendent Efren E. Javier, deputy chief of PRO1 PCR division, said the celebration aims to enhance public awareness and appreciation on the value of community involvement and partnership in crime prevention.
The Police-Community Relations Month is celebrated nationwide every month of July pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 764.#