400 Central Luzon cops sent back home as part of localization program
The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO 3) has reassigned about 400 cops to their hometowns and places of permanent residence in Central Luzon effective Wednesday.
The deployment is pursuant to the localization program in the deployment of personnel in line with the 9-point agenda of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Camilo Cascolan, according to Police Regional Director Police Brigadier General Valeriano De Leon.
“It initially covers inter-regional reassignment of personnel to their homelands to give them a strong sense of ownership of their locality and will attain maximum efficiency and more effective law enforcement,” the official said in a Philippine Information Agency (PIA) report.
The move is in line with Section 63 of Republic Act 8551 otherwise known as the PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998 wherein PNP members with the ranks of Patrolman/woman up to Police Executive Master Sergeant will be assigned to the city and municipality of their recruitment and/or place of residence or if not possible, to the closest municipality, province or regions to his residence.
“This program of our Chief PNP is one way of boosting the morale of our personnel in order for them to continue doing their best in performing their duty as law enforcers in their respective communities,” De Leon said.
A send-off ceremony for all PNP personnel who took part in the localization program was simultaneously held nationwide in all Police Regional Offices.
“This is somehow mixed emotions for us. We are delighted to know that after years of being away from your families and loved ones, finally, you will be home,” De Leon said.
“Yet, somehow we are also saddened with the thought that you will leave PRO3 which has been your home for quite some time. I am sure that you will all do well. Continue to serve and protect our people and always render to them the best police experience,” he said.
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