MANILA - The National Police Commission and Philippine National Police honored on Monday the PNP model families for 2017 at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao led the awarding ceremony.
Five PNP families with outstanding contributions to their communities - those who promote socio-civic, spiritual, moral and community welfare, and social development - were recognized and given a plaque of recognition and cash prize.
These include the families of SPO4 Dennis Juan of the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office, P/Insp Danielo Jacosalem of the Compostela Municipal Police Station, S/Insp Marvin Cahegas of the Iligan City Police Station 4, SPO3 Edgardo Figuracion II and SPO3 Louella Figuracion of Zamboanga del Sur, and P/Insp Annie Decano of Zambales.
"We are more than just building our image. We are showing that we in the police force can serve with competence, dedication and integrity while looking after the welfare of our families," Casurao said.
"We encourage the emulation and replication of all the best practices these model families have displayed," he added.
The search highlights the police's capability as a leader and partner of the community in the maintenance of peace, order and security for an improvised socioeconomic system.
It also emphasizes the importance of strong family ties in the overall success of preventing crimes and other forms of lawlessness.
In an interview after the awarding ceremony, Casurao said most policemen with bad records were found to have bad relationships with their families.
"Karamihan pag ang isang pulis ay nasasangkot sa maling gawain, when you trace back, somehow makikita mo na nagkaroon ng problema sa pamilya yan, especially sa drug cases. Almost 85% can be attributed to family problems. Ang iba dysfunctional, broken families," he said.
Casurao added: "Kaya napapanahon talaga na sa bawat kilos ng ating hanay, laging isaalang-alang ang pamilya. Dito tayo humuhugot ng inspirasyon at pamilya mo ang humubog sa kung ano man ang iyong kinalalabasan ngayon."
That's why counseling and psychological enhancement play a very important part in a law enforcer's life and well-being, especially those with family problems, the NAPOLCOM official said.
"Ang ating mga pulis hindi lang dapat law enforcers. Dapat may mga sector o unit sa PNP for their emotional upliftment and psychological enhancement, kasi hindi lang puro law enforcement ang trabaho natin. We have to think about the finer things in life ng isang pulis."
The search for the 2017 PNP model families was opened to all uniformed PNP personnel in the national, regional, provincial, city and municipal levels with legitimate or legally adopted families and/or children.