MANILA - "Balance work and family without sacrificing any of the two."
This was the advice of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa to newlywed police officers Tuesday.
Nineteen couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held at the St. Joseph Chapel at Camp Crame, Quezon City, a yearly tradition of the PNP.
This year's mass wedding is also part of the 27th founding anniversary of the police force.
Dela Rosa, who served as principal sponsor along with his wife Nancy during the wedding, told newlywed couples to foster understanding in their marriage.
"Marriage is a two-way relationship. You should expect your spouse to understand your job as law enforcers but you must also fulfill your responsibility in the family," he said.
"You serve and protect the community. You must also serve and protect your family," he added.
The country's top cop also encouraged the newlyweds to put God in the center of their relationships.
"There is nothing more meaningful than being married in the eyes of God. I pray na maging tunay na maligaya, mapayapa at masagana ang inyong pagsasama... Ilagay niyo ang Panginoon sa gitna ng inyong relasyon," he said.
(I pray that your marriage will be truly happy, peaceful, and prosperous... Put God in the center of your relationship.)