Honorable Dan S Fernandez, Representative of the Congressional District of Santa Rosa City and Chairperson of the House Committee on Public Order and Safety was the Guest of Honor and Speaker at the 32nd PNP Founding Anniversary celebration in Camp Crame today.
“The institution has indeed come a long way to emerge as one of the top government agencies with high trust ratings in recent years. This trust and respect of the community are no doubt hard-earned, borne from the blood, sweat, and tears of every member of the police force, some of whom we honor today” Fernandez said in his remarks to keynote to the founding anniversary rites of the PNP.
In his message, Cong. Fernandez urged every member to take this occasion as an opportunity to re-dedicate once again to their sworn solemn duty of upholding the law.
He also said that the House of Representatives under the representation’s leadership is well aware of the needs of the PNP and they are committed to do their part to ensure that these needs such as free legal assistance, additional funds for campaign against insurgency, strengthening the recruitment, selection, and appointment process of uniformed personnel, strengthen the charter of PNPA, permanent disability benefits, purchase discounts, and among others are properly addressed.
“I am supremely confident that the men and women of the PNP will rise and overcome these challenges and continue to be the reliable and trustworthy partner of the Filipino community in nation-building”, Cong. Fernandez told the PNP.
Meanwhile, PNP Chief, Police General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr, in his welcome message recognized the great courage and altruism that has propelled the police force to provide exceptional service to the Filipinos for the past three decades.
“As the father of the PNP, I have been a witness to how everyone works hard, contributes, and do their shared responsibility and even in many instances went beyond the call of duty just to ensure the success of every mission”, PGen Azurin said.
CPNP Azurin also extended his gratitude to President Ferdinand R Marcos Jr and to the members of the Philippine Senate, Congress, and other state legislators as well as stakeholders from the private sectors, and provincial and local government leaders for maintaining their backing and ensuring the PNP’s optimal performance.
“We cannot thank you enough for your generosity and kindness that allowed us to pursue our goal through the peace and security framework “M+K+K=K” or “Malasakit, Kaayusan, Kapayaan tungo sa Kaunlaran” and the “KASIMBAYANAN” Program”, PGen Azurin expressed.
Furthermore, he also paid tribute to the valiant sacrifices made by those who died while safeguarding the nation against disorder and to the frontline workers who perished while serving on the frontlines during the severe Covid-19 outbreak.
During the celebration, 17 PNP personnel were honored for their valuable contributions and outstanding achievements.
“Let us continue to strive for excellence and uphold the highest standards of the Philippine National Police. I trust that with your dedication, professionalism, and commitment, the PNP would truly bring peace, stability, and prosperity to our nation”, PGen Azurin further added.
Highlighting the 32nd PNP Founding Anniversary rites today was a wreath-laying ceremony in Camp Crame led by Hon. Fernandez and PGen Azurin at the Bantayog ng mga Bayaning Tagapamayapa, a battle monument of fallen PNP members. They were joined by a representative of the family of police hero, Mrs. Aileen B Ogano, the widow of the late Police Corporal Noel Ogano of Quezon City Police District, who died in line of duty when they responded to a report of indiscriminate firing in Caloocan in November last year.
The PNP observes its founding anniversary every year to mark its creation under Republic Act 6975 on January 29, 1991.
This year’s 32nd PNP Founding Anniversary is celebrated with the theme “Patuloy na serbisyong publiko, Handog ng Pambasang Kapulisan na may Malasakit, Kaayusan, At Kapayapaan tungo sa Kaunlaran ng ating bayan”.