LEGAZPI CITY (7-Feb-2013/PNA) – Bicol policemen facing charges will undergo a four-day restoration training starting Thursday to again bring them closer to their families and to the community and to restore religiosity in each of them.
Chief Insp. Sammy Erandio, one of the regional police chaplains, revealed the partnership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol with the Psychology Department of the Aquinas University of Legazpi College of Arts and Sciences (AUL-CAS) for the conduct of the training.
The training schedule is as follows: seven hours of counselling, one day religious celebrations and other faith-related activities, one day community service, and one day family fellowships.
The counselling session shall be jointly handled by AUL-CAS psychology professors and the trained policemen-counselors.
Prior to the restoration training, at least 190 selected policemen underwent training on peer counseling.
Ten of them were detailed at the regional headquarters in Camp Gen. Simeon Ola in this city, while 30 each were deployed in the six provincial police offices.
The peer counseling and its application through conduct of restoration training on policemen facing charges at the National Police Commission (Napolcom) and the regional women and children desk (WCD) are part of the recent programs of the PNP Bicol under the leadership of Chief Supt. Clarence Guinto.
Guinto is the former director of the Philippine National Police Academy and chief of the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office in Camp Crame prior to his assignment in Bicol.
He lamented the plight of the families of policemen suspended on various charges and are also denied salaries and benefits in the whole period of suspension.
The families of suspended policemen suffer more and this will be made clear among Bicol policemen to sanitize their actions in public and in the performance of duties, the PNP Bicol regional chief said.
Chief Insp. Leah Supelana, regional WCD head, revealed that records of her department show that for every ten policemen in Bicol an average of two are subjects of complaints for abandonment and lack of support by either or both the legitimate and illegitimate families.
Senior Supt. Renato Bataller, Bicol police spokesperson, said Guinto is putting back in force, with effective modifications, the PNP’s previous implementation of its moral recovery program.
Although complaints against policemen in Bicol have been noted on a decreasing trend since 2011, Bataller has expressed praises for the present campaign of the Bicol police leadership. (PNA)