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PIA Press Release
2007/09/19

Mati PNP pushes for strengthened barangay consultation and value formation

By Neela G. Duallo

City of Mati, Davao Oriental (19 September) -- Banking on consistency in fulfilling its goal of delivering a more effective and efficient service to the constituents, the Mati-PNP will push for strengthened consultation and value formation.

Police Sr. Inspector Candido Suralta, Jr., Mati Chief of Police, candidly admitted that ability is not all that counts in achieving their goals.

"It has to go with spiritual and moral formation. In this way, the PNP will remain truthful in service", the Chief of Police said.

Bent on pursuing such thrust, the Mati-PNP is now undertaking a regular value formation session every last Friday of the month.

In the formation, elements of Mati-PNP are given spiritual nourishment through inputs by invited church leaders.

As yet, in the last two sessions for value formation, a pastor was invited to do the input.

But Mati-PNP is now planning to get faith leaders from the Catholics and Muslims in the sessions to come.

Suralta nodded that the PNP has to be constantly reminded that along with their arms and ammunitions, they also have to think and dwell with values in doing their task.

Also, the Mati-PNP is working on a strengthened barangay consultation.

Along with this thrust, Mati-PNP implements SALAAM, a program designed to complement peacekeeping through coordination.

Muslim members of the Mati-PNP will lead the consultation in Muslim dominated areas, where the will conduct symposium particularly on illegal drugs in Muslim schools (madrasa) and mosques.

With Salaam, Suralta and his men are optimistic that Muslim brothers will now be enticed to go to the police station and file their complaints.

"This is one way of bringing back the trust of the people to the men in uniform", Suralta added.

Muslim members of PNP are tasked to attend to the problems and complaints of their fellow Muslim.

Suralta said that through these undertakings, the PNP can now understand the universality of the Church. (DXHM-Mati/PIA XI) [top]

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