MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) celebrates Thursday its 119th anniversary virtually with a live simulcast from the police headquarters and in all 17 regional offices across the country.
PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said the celebration focuses on the mandate and resiliency of the PNP at a time of pandemic with the theme: “Towards A Pandemic-Resilient PNP: Deploying Digital Technologies and Adopting Protective Protocols in The New Normal”.
“We found a modest yet effective way of celebrating our 119th Police Service Anniversary during MECQ. Our men and women will virtually join us from the 1,766 police stations, 80 police provincial offices under the 17 police regional offices, and the 33 national support units across the country,” Gamboa said in a statement.
Police Service Anniversary is celebrated in commemoration of the establishment of the Philippine Constabulary as the country’s first insular police force founded on August 8, 1901.
This year’s rites will allow guests and police personnel to join in the ceremony through live interactive platforms as an alternative to the traditional full-dress parade and review ceremony in observance of strict health protocols imposed by the government.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año is expected to read President Rodrigo Duterte’s message to the police force.
Gamboa will lead the presentation of awards to PNP units and personnel cited for outstanding performance and achievements in service over the past year.
This year’s awardees are:
NATIONAL INDIVIDUAL AWARDEES
Best Senior Police Commissioned Officer for Administration – Col. Noel Sandoval, chief of Crime Research and Analysis Center, Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management
Best Senior Police Commissioned Officer for Operations – Col. Elmer Ragay, Provincial Director, Benguet PPO, PRO Cordillera
Best Junior Police Commissioned Officer for Administration – Maj. Benjiel Jhon Danglosi, chief of Personnel Benefit and Allowances Section, Regional Comptrollership Division, PRO-5
Best Junior Police Commissioned Officer for Operations – Lt. Col. Raymund Train, Battalion Commander of Rapid Deployment Battalion, Special Action Force
Best Senior Police Non-Commissioned Officer for Administration – M/Sgt. Gilbert Neypes, Admin PNCO, Rapid Deployment Battalion, Special Action Force
Best Senior Police Non-Commissioned Officer for Operations – Executive M/Sgt. Joeffrey Kent Panganiban, Force Executive Master Sergeant, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 4A
Best Junior Police Non-Commissioned Officer for Administration – S/Sgt. John Cliffton Ermitano, chief of Admin, Training Section, Regional Logistics, Research Development Division, PRO-12
Best Junior Police Non-Commissioned Officer for Operations – Cpl. Gary de Guzman, Warrant PNCO, Esperanza Municipal Police Station, Sultan Kudarat PPO, PRO-12
Best Non-Uniformed Personnel (Supervisory Level) – NUP Imelda Pascua, NUP Supervisor, PRO-2
Best Non-Uniformed Personnel (Non-Supervisory Level) – NUP Luzviminda Mosqueda, OIC, NUPAS, PRO-12
NATIONAL UNIT AWARDEES
Best Police Regional Office – PRO-4A
Best Police Provincial Office – Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office, PRO-11
Best City Police Office – Iloilo City Police Station, PRO-6
Best City Police Station – Isabela City Police Station, PRO-9
Best Municipal Police Station – La Trinidad Municipal Police Station, PROCOR
Best Regional Mobile Force Battalion – Regional Mobile Police Battalion 4A
Best Provincial Mobile Force Company – Laguna Provincial Mobile Force Company
Best City Mobile Force Company – General Santos City Mobile Force Company
Best National Operational Support Unit – Special Action Force
Best National Administrative Support Unit – Information Technology Management Office
SPECIAL UNIT AWARDEES
PNP Drug Enforcement Group – The most number of arrested listed illegal drug personalities
National Capital Region Police Office – Notable accomplishment in the campaign against loose firearms
Police Regional Police 4A – The most number of arrested top most wanted personalities
PNP Anti-kidnapping Group – Exemplary accomplishments in the campaign against kidnapping for ransom through intelligence-driven operations
Police Regional Office 12 – Revitalized physical conditioning and sport combat
SPECIAL INDIVIDUAL AWARDEES FOR COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, Deputy Chief PNP for Administration – Commander of the Administrative Support for Covid-19 Task Force (ASCOTF)
Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, Deputy Chief PNP for Operations – Task Force Commander of the Joint Task Force Covid Shield
Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne Binag, Chief Directorial Staff – Deputy Commander of the Administrative Support for Covid-19 Task Force (ASCOTF)
Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Luis Licup, Director for Operations – Deputy Commander of the Administrative Support for Covid-19 Task Force (ASCOTF)
Brig. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia, Regional Director, PRO3 – Responsive programs on peace and order relative to productivity and resiliency that mitigated the effect of Covid-19 in Central Luzon
Col. Allan Rae Co, City Director, Baguio City Police Office – Implementing projects through the use of technology to visualize, analyze and mitigate the spread of Covid-19 cases in Baguio City.
SPECIAL UNIT AWARDEES FOR COVID-19 PANDEMIC
PNP Health Service – lead unit in charge of providing medical and health care services and safety protocols to the PNP and the community in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group – Initiated efforts to fight and control the community transmission of the Covid-19 disease by leading the contact tracing. (PNA)