By: Jennifer P. Rendon
IN THE age of computer and internet technology, social media boosts sharing of information and ideas to bigger audiences.
Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) knows this very well that it has utilized social media platform Facebook in communicating with the public it serves.
And their efforts did not go in vain.
In the 24th Philippine National Police (PNP) Community Relations Month in 2019, PRO-6 was recognized for having the most active social media page.
The awarding was held July 29, 2019 at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame in the presence of PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde and Senator Grace Poe.
During the ceremony, awards for various categories were also conferred to PNP units and private entities and non-governmental organizations in appreciation and recognition of their outstanding and significant contribution in the accomplishment of the Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR)’s mission.
But it wasn’t only PRO-6’s social media page that was given citation as the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) also bagged best city police honor award.
It was ICPO’s first, said Police Colonel Martin Defensor Jr., Iloilo City police chief, who personally received the award.
Defensor credited their community-based programs for winning this year’s PCR tilt.
He cited several ICPO undertakings such as the FEED program, Project Tsinelas, Poster Making Contest, Bag of Hope, Project Palangga, and gift giving program.
The Cadiz City Police Station in Negros Occidental was adjudged as the outstanding city police station in the field of police community relations.
Meanwhile, Staff Sergeant Rachel Ilumba of Lambunao Police Station won the outstanding junior police non-commissioned officer.
The same ceremony was also done at PRO-6 headquarters to honor outstanding PCR units and individuals at the regional level.
The Iloilo Police Provincial Office was chosen as the Outstanding Police Provincial Office.
Aside from IPPO, other unit awardees were the following: Iloilo City Police Office as the Outstanding City Police Office (CPO) of the Year, Cadiz City Police Station as Outstanding City Police Station (CPS) of the Year, and San Jose de Buenavista Municipal Police Station as the Outstanding Municipal Police Station (MPS) of the Year.
For individual awardees, Police Lieutenant Colonel Mark Anthony Darroca of San Jose de Buenavista MPS as Outstanding PCR Senior PCO of the Year; Police Major Robert Mansueto of Cadiz CPS as Outstanding PCR Junior PCO of the Year; Police Master Sergeant Oliver Florida of Cadiz CPS as Outstanding PCR Senior PNCO of the Year; and Ilumba as Outstanding PCR Junior PNCO of the Year.
Duly recognized Local Chief Executives (LCEs) of Police Provincial and City Offices who are supportive of the CSOP were Governor Florencio Miraflores of Aklan; Governor Rhodora Cadiao of Antique; Mayor Receliste Escolin of President Roxas, Capiz; Mayor Emmanuel Galila of Nueva Valencia, Guimaras; Mayor Ronilo Caspe of Cabatuan, Iloilo; Mayor Renato Gustilo of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental; Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City; and Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City.
All police units have carried out several outreach projects, environmental protection activities and community mobilization in line with the PCR Month Celebration, with the end goal of developing closer interaction between the police and the community in handling peace and order concerns.