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2007/10/17

PNP "transformation" program a "redeeming factor" - CBCP

by ES Subong

Iloilo City (17 October) -- The PNP's Transformation Program is a "redeeming factor" in the midst of awful news hounding the police hierarchy.

Jaro Archbishop and Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Angel Lagdameo said this of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Transformation Program through the PNP Training Institute (PNTI) in Calamba City, that does not just train future officers to shoot and investigate but also to imbibe Christian values.

The academy started offering this year for police recruits Modules on Life in the Spirit Seminar, Basic Bible Seminar, Heroism and Christian Leadership Values, and Leadership and Empowering Decisions to Change, which are anchored on the vision of a "God-centered, service-oriented and family-based" agency.

Lagdameo said he was encouraging this healthy initiative that he considered a step towards building a new image of policemen, and congratulated the leadership of the PNP for such empowering initiatives among their ranks.

"This brings a wind of fresh air in the otherwise rigid military-like training of our public servants in the police force, igniting sparks of hope in a problematic situation," Lagdameo said.

He added that in the mind of many people, the PNP is the second most corrupt agency in government but this picture is now changing for the better.

The PNTI, headed by Chief Supt. Samson Tucay, is a major constituent unit of the Philippine Public Safety College that is envisioned to become the main training ground for morally upright and competent uniformed men and women,

Lagdameo said parish organizations and parish priests can lend their pastoral and evangelizing experience which can be an initial step to motivate the PNTI graduates to share their values and leadership experiences with parish communities where they are stationed.

He further said the graduates could also become lay ministers as part of the initiatives to develop and enhance mutual trust, based on pro-active rather than reactive relationship. (PIA 6) [top]

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