PNP holds culmination rites for May 10 polls

May 17, 2010 8:24 pm 

MANILA, May 17 — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Jesus Verzosa on Monday led police officials in a symbolic culmination of law enforcement and security operations for the just-concluded May 10 national and local elections.

Button pins for Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections (HOPE) 2010 worn by PNP personnel during the elections had been removed to symbolize the conclusion of election security operations.

Verzosa urged PNP personnel to keep these button pins as memento to remind them of their individual roles in ensuring hope for the nation through the just concluded elections.

Verzosa led PNP officials in an early morning ecumenical service in Camp Crame attended by PNP personnel stationed at the National Headquarters.

Simultaneous ecumenical services were also held in different Police Regional Offices across the country

In his message, Verzosa said “this thanksgiving mass is indeed a great way to culminate all efforts that we have undertaken for the elections and o thank Divine Almighty for granting our prayers.”

“I would have to say that all our hard work for more than a year have truly paid off because of the peaceful elections that we had this year,” the Chief PNP said.

He noted that election-related violent incidents (ERVI) have dropped by a very significant margin compared with the elections held in 2004 and 2007.

The PNP recorded a total of 105 ERVI with 89 casualties in the just-concluded 2010 elections. The figure is significantly lower than the 168 ERVI recorded in 2004 and 182 ERVI recorded in 2007 resulting in 313 and 234 casualties in the two election periods, respectively.

“The number of citizens who participated in the electoral process is a clear manifestation that citizens are now more concerned and more aware of their role as stakeholders in the country’s transformation,” Verzosa said.

“As we usher in a new leadership, let us also take this cue to initiate positive change amongst ourselves through our transformation program. The power of an individual has been very evident in this power for the greater good,” the Chief PNP added.

He also expressed optimism that the PNP Integrated Transformation Program and Performance Governance System (ITP-PGS 2030) will be implemented with renewed vigor and enthusiasm with the support of our new president and his incoming administration.

In response to the challenge posed in the pastoral message of the parish pastoral council of evangelical churches entitled “Rebuilding our Nation,” Verzosa said the PNP’s contribution to this call is to sustain the gains of the PNP ITP and continue its implementation with renewed passion.

Afterall, as what experts say,“if we transform the police, we transform our nation,” Verzosa told PNP officers and personnel during the traditional Monday flag-raising ceremony t the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame.(PNA) V3/pr/MM


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