TACLOBAN CITY – The Disiplina Muna Advocacy Campaign was formally launched here in the region on Monday (July 13) which gives priority on all programs and policies of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The launching was held at the Camp Ruperto Kangleon Camp where the regional headquarter of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is based.
One of the highlights of the launching of the advocacy campaign was the signing of pledge of commitment led by DILG Regional Director Karl Caesar Rimando and Police B/Gen. Manuel Pepino, assistant regional director for administration.
Disiplina Muna Advocacy Campaign is a program of the DILG which promotes its programs, policies, and activities like road clearing, disaster risk reduction and management, anti-smoking, liquor ban, clean-up of tourism sites, ease of doing business, and anti-illegal drug campaign.
DILG Regional Director Caesar Rimando, in his speech during the launching, encouraged policemen to set a good example, not only in their workplace but also in their community by following laws and ensuring that their family members are not involved in vices like illegal drugs.
“Kapag ito ay nakita ng mga mamamayan, sisiguraduhin ko sa inyo na sila ay sasaludo.Sasaludo hindi lamang dahil ikaw ay miyembro ng PNP, kundi sasaluduhan ka nila dahil ikaw ay idolo ng kanilang pamayanan,” he said.
Rimando reminded the policemen that they must always do the right thing, follow all laws like wearing of helmet, and especially, protect the integrity of their institution.
“For people to continue to look at police as their protectors, each must strive to embody the concept of discipline, decorum, distinction, so as to properly represent the organization to the public. People must see the civilian side of the PNP that is disciplined uniformed personnel,” the DILG regional director said.
Since, Eastern Visayas region is prone to all kind of natural disaster and calamity, the DILG8 official also calls for policemen in the region to help in the disaster mitigation efforts and not only on preparedness.
Policemen can help the communities by training them on preparedness and what they should do and where to go when a disaster strikes.
The DILG official also reminded the police force in the region to strictly observed and follow all health protocols against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as ways to ensure limiting the spread of transmission of the virus as the world continue to battle against the disease that is until now has no vaccine.
Eastern Visayas has about 646 confirmed COVID-19 cases with three fatalities.