February 24, 2024

Sermonia reiterates police discipline, BIDA program in PROA command visit

By JC Quilo

Camp BGen Vicente P Lim – In a determined push to fortify the Philippine National Police’s dedication to upholding internal discipline, command responsibility, and effective police operational procedures, Deputy Chief PNP for Administration PLTGEN Rhodel O Sermonia led a significant Command Visit at Camp BGen Vicente P Lim yesterday.

The event, themed “Reiteration: Internal Disciplinary Mechanism, Command Responsibility and Police Operational Procedures,” took place on August 16, 2023, at 10:00 AM. Gathering personnel from Police Regional Offices 4A, 4B, and 5, along with PLTGEN Rhoderick C Armamento, Area Police Commander – Southern Luzon Commander, the visit commenced with PLTGEN Sermonia’s arrival at PRO 4A, warmly welcomed by PBGEN Carlito M Gaces, PRO CALABARZON’s Regional Director.

The highlight was a “Talk to Men” session where PLTGEN Sermonia dialogued with around 200 personnel from PRO 4A and PRO 5, addressing administrative and criminal cases. He underscored the significance of responsible and professional service, assuring his commitment to guiding them towards enhanced conduct and service excellence.

The event featured the signing of a partnership agreement between the PNP, National Governors, Regional and Provincial Advocacy Groups, and Force Multipliers. This collaboration empowers these entities to act as vigilant observers, reporting any instances of police misconduct and abuse.

Subsequent to the partnership signing, PLTGEN Sermonia together with RD Gaces led a press briefing, engaging with the media to secure their cooperation in achieving the PNP’s goal of fostering prosperous and secure communities through joint efforts of law enforcement, citizens, and various sectors.

The Command Visit continued with a comprehensive reiteration of PNP policies, encompassing topics such as the Internal Disciplinary Mechanism, Level of Disciplinary Authority of Unit Commanders, Salient Provisions of Police Operational Procedures, and Rules on the Use of Body-Worn Cameras during operations. Pertinent statistics on PNP personnel facing criminal and administrative charges were also presented.

The event’s pinnacle was the validation of the “Buhay Ingat, Droga’y Ayawan” program, relating to the PNP Quad Function. This presentation covered identified drug routes, groups and personalities, the drug landscape, anti-drug achievements, status of filed drug cases, and the program’s impact assessment on peace and order. The session also touched on Barangay Clearing Operations and BIDA Accomplishments.

Menwhile, PLTGEN Sermonia reiterated the importance of upholding PNP’s duties and responsibilities, stressing adherence to Police Operational Procedures and internal discipline. He highlighted commanders’ pivotal role in supervising personnel, aligning with the Command Responsibilities Doctrine. He urged continued support for government plans and PNP programs centered on the mission to serve and protect.