CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro, Feb. 8 (PIA) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Mimaropa celebrated its 21st founding anniversary on Tuesday with Romblon Congressman Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona as guest of honor and keynote speaker.
Madrona in his speech said that he recognized the PNP as a partner in the common goal of ensuring transparency and accountability in the government. He also stressed that the PNP’s main goal is to give the best service to people and work with honor and serve justice with impartiality.
“May you continue to be our comrades in the delivery of services and further your community relations in your respective areas of assignment for the good of our people,” Madrona added.
The highlight of the celebration was the launch of a tree planting project dubbed as “Pulis Makakalikasan: 10 Milyong Puno Pamana sa Kinabukasan (Police for Nature: 10 milion trees, heritage for the future),” where each of the 4,207 police personnel of Mimaropa will plant six trees a month for a span of one year starting from February 1 this year to February 28, 2013.
A memorandum of agreement between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, represented by Director Concordio D. Zuñiga and PNP Mimaropa, represented by Regional Director Artemio Hicban, was signed during the event.
The “Padyak para sa Kapapayapaan (Pedal for Peace),” which aims to showcase the partnership of the PNP and civilians in addressing crime and maintenance of peace and order, was also held. The 16-kilometer bike route within Calapan City led by Hicban, drew provincial and local chief executives, representative of government agencies, civilian bikers and other guests.
PNP commendation medals were given to PNP personnel from the different Mimaropa provincial police stations in recognition of their achievements in various anti-crime programs of the PNP. (GBO/LTC/PIA4B)