Calabarzon Police Regional Director Brig. Gen. Edward Carranza (right) officiates in the mass donning and pinning the ranks on newly promoted newly-promoted Police Supt. Rey Ochavo, Force Commander of Batangas 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (left), also adjudged the country’s best provincial mobile force company during last year, as scores of family members and loved ones of the newly promoted police officers joined during the solemn ceremony at the regional police headquarters grandstand at Camp Gen. Vicente Lim, Calamba City on March 25, 2019. (Photo by Saul E. Pa-a)
CAMP GEN. VICENTE LIM – Calabarzon’s top cop has warned newly-promoted police officers to refrain from engaging in partisan politics.
“Huwag kayong gagamit ng pulitika (Never go into politicking) in your assignment. I’ll make sure to throw the book (at) you,” Police Regional Office 4-A (Calabarzon) Director, Brig. Gen. Edward Carranza, said during the donning and pinning of ranks held at the regional command headquarters grandstand here Monday.
Carranza challenged the newly-promoted officers on their new ranks, saying these come with greater responsibilities and opportunities to renew their commitment to their sworn duties and responsibilities.
“Promotion in the organization is a way to reward high-performing officers, provided they meet all the requisites set forth by the Promotion Board. This boosts the morale of our personnel to do their jobs effectively and motivates them to exceed their efforts from what it was during the previous period,” he said.
He also assured the cops that the regional police command would improve its operational capability, and enjoined them to sustain the command’s performance as the country’s “Best Police Regional Office” in 2018.
Meanwhile, Carranza noted that despite the achievement, PRO 4-A’s internal cleansing program will be sustained to rid the police force of misfits and scalawags and pursue the police organization’s transformation into a “highly capable, effective, and credible police force.”
“Tapos na tayo sa tradisyunal na pagpaparusa sa ating mga kabaro na nasasangkot sa mga iligal na gawain. Kung hindi sila nadadaan sa simpleng pakiusapan, daanan natin sa marahas na paraan. At ‘yan ay ang agarang pagsibak sa pwesto kung sila ay napatunayang nagkasala (We are done with the traditional punishment of our colleagues who are involved in illegal activities. If they could not be motivated to do what is right, they should be dealt with harshly – they will be immediately dismissed from the service once they are proven to be guilty),” he said.
Carranza also gave an ultimatum to those who are still involved in illegal activities, noting that some 441 police officers across the country, who were involved in illegal drug activities, have already been dismissed from the service since 2016.
Of this total, 322 were dismissed after testing positive for illegal drugs while 119 were found to be involved in the illegal drug trade, caught possessing and selling illegal drugs, and protecting drug syndicates.
“May kalalagyan kayo kapag hindi pa kayo tumigil sa ilegal ninyong gawain (There’s a place for you if you continue your illegal activities),” he said, urging the promoted officers to serve as “living examples to your junior officers so that they would emulate the wisdom you have had.”
Of the 185 newly-promoted personnel, 20 Police Lieutenants were promoted to Police Majors under the Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) rank, while 165 Police Non-Commissioned Officers were promoted from Police Staff Sergeants to Police Executive Master Sergeants, and from Police Corporals to Police Staff Sergeants.
Their promotion falls under the 1st Semester Calendar Year 2019 Regular Promotion Program (second Level Police Commissioned Officers and Police Non-Commissioned Officers) as part of the Lateral Entry Program for Line Officers.
The simultaneous donning and pinning of ranks and mass oath-taking were held Monday in five Police Provincial Offices and the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 4-A across Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon. (PNA)