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PIA Press Release
2008/08/19

PNP Chief commends PNP-10 for 49% Pulse Asia Survey rating

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (19 August) -- Philippine National Police Chief Avelino Razon has commended the personnel of PNP, region 10, for their good performance.

"I am taking this opportunity to personally thank and commend you for doing what the PNP has done that garnered a net approval rating of 49% per the Pulse Asia Survey conducted recently," he said.

Describing it as overwhelming, Razon said this was the highest that the PNP ever had and was actually unprecedented surpassing the 32%, the previous highest net approval rating for the agency at the incumbency of former PNP Chief Edgardo Aglipay.

However, Razon's trip with his Directorial Staff to Camp Alagar, this city, would have been done during better times if not for the Lanao del Norte crisis as he is bowing out of service soon after 38 years of government work and reaching the compulsory retirement age of 56.

For the PNP's outstanding performance, Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has approved the Php10 billion PNP Modernization Plan to be released in 5 tranches or Php2 billion each year for 5 years, on the average.

"So far, Php2 billion have already been released for the PNPMP, that's why we now have new patrol cars and we are hoping we can have helicopters and night-vision firearms and other equipment for our capability build up, housing and educational benefits for policemen wanting to pursue higher education, among others," he said.

Thus, he urged all elements of the PNP to do their outmost best to improve its net approval rating even higher "para maibalik ang paggalang sa PNP (to bring back the citizen's respect for the PNP).

There are only "two most important things that I urge you to do: to serve and to protect the community against threats from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), New People's Army/Communist Party of the Philippines (NPA/CPP) and other terrorists who are out to disturb the peace and order in the communities," Razon said.

Meanwhile, he said, the MNPMP includes the provision of free medical assistance locally for PNP personnel needing tertiary medical care through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) entered into by the PNP with the Department of Health (DOH).

Also included is the legal assistance not only for the PNP personnel who are charged in court while doing their job but also for the daily allowance of those who will be required to appear in courts as witnesses.

Another is the recruitment for additional PNP personnel to comply with the 1:500 police to population or one (1) police officer for every 500 citizens' ratio, the PNP Chief added. (PIA-10) [top]

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