• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The 444 neophyte police officers who completed their nine-month basic police training early this week at the PNP Regional Training Center 6 in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, are up for deployment in Western Visayas.
The Public Safety Basic Recruit Course Batch 2021-02 graduates will also undergo Basic Internal Security Operation Course (BISOC) for almost two months, before assignment to the different units of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6.
BISOC training is aimed at improving the skills and knowledge of police trainees in security operations such as counter-terrorism, anti-criminality, special operations, and anti-insurgency operations to maintain peace and security in the region.
PBrig. Gen. Leo Francisco, regional police director of Western Visayas, congratulated the police trainees, whom he described as a cut above the many who desired to join the PNP, but are not as lucky.
“I congratulate you to reach the expectation that as recruits, you do not only have the qualification but also the qualities that are suited to the kind of police officers that you are meant to be,” Francisco told them, during the graduation rites held at the RTC 6 in Bacolod City.
The recruits presented skills which include martial arts, knife and gun handling as well as cultural presentations before the crowd of police officials, parents, wives, loved ones, even children, from all over the country, present to show support to the trainees.
Training Center 6 Acting Chief Lt. Col. Edcille Canals expressed confidence that the recruits are now equipped with knowledge, skills, attitude and values needed in the performance of a police officer.
Francisco also reminded the police trainees that training and qualifications are not the ultimate measure of suitability (to the job), but values and character as well.
“Your ability to withstand the rigors of physical, mental and psychological tests depend on your mental, psychological and emotional stability. The same shall be the measures when you are out there and fulfilling your duties as a regular member of the PNP or as a police officer. While your intellectual acumen matters, it is your values and characters that will spell the big difference in your service,” he added.
According to Francisco, the recognition rites is just a rite of passage which ends numerous restrictions and difficulties that only a recruit can experience in the training facility.
“I urge you to uphold and sustain the routine that makes you what you are today,” Francisco told the recruits, who will soon be joining the ranks of the PNP.* with PIA6 Negros Occidental