[PHOTO AT LEFT - PNP SCHOOL PROJECT: PNP chief Dir.-Gen. Avelino Razon, Jr. (left) lowers the time capsule for the PNP School for Values and Leadership (PSVL) with, left to right: SBMA Chairman Feliciano Salonga, SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza, PAGC Chairperson Constancia de Guzman, and Central Luzon PNP director Chief Supt. Errol Pan.]

SUBIC BAY, FREEPORT, MAY 7, 2008 (SBMA NEWS UPDATE) Construction of the biggest values and leadership training school for police officers will soon start here after the top brass of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) formally broke ground for the PNP School for Values and Leadership (PSVL) on Tuesday.

PNP Director-General Avelino Razon, Jr. led the groundbreaking ceremony with SBMA Chairman Feliciano Salonga and SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza less than three months after the three officials signed a memorandum of agreement for the project on February 13.

The facility, which will be located at Subic’s naval magazine area, is expected to be completed this August.

The PSVL can accommodate 120 commissioned and non-commissioned officers per batch, with each training lasting from 30 to 60 days.

Razon said during the ceremony that the establishment of the PSVL marks the start of a significant reform program in the PNP.

“Today, as we break ground for this training school, we are breaking ground as well for the eventual realization of a significant part of our reform agenda, which is to bring back to the community a more credible, professional and purpose-driven Mamang Pulis and Aling Pulis,” he said.

Razon added that the reform agenda is part of the PNP’s Integrated Transformation Program, which aim to transform every police officer into more capable, effective and credible players in peace and order and national development.

He clarified, however, that the PSVL will not be a reformatory facility like the TABA Camp established in 2004 by then former P/DirGen. Edgar Aglipay, where lazy, abusive, unethical and undisciplined (Tamad, Abusado, Bastos, at Ayaw-padisiplina) police officers were sent for re-training.

What the PSVL would have, Razon said, is a refresher program “to correct some personal lapses and remind police trainees on how they should conduct themselves as law enforcers and public servants.”

Among the offerings at the PSVL will be courses on basic principles of police leadership, Christian leadership, purpose-driven lives, police ethical standards, personal financial management, and team building.

- more - The PSVL project was concretized under an agreement signed last February at Camp Crame, wherein the SBMA would allow the PNP free use of the 1.8-hectare school site for 25 years.

Construction of the training school will be funded by a P14-million donation from the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC), which has expressed its full-support to the PNP’s values training program.

Dra. Constancia de Guzman, PAGC chairperson, said her agency believes that PNP has shown a political will to undertake reforms.

“After seeing the big transformation among PNP personnel who underwent re-training, we thought that it would be more helpful if we gave the PNP a better (re-training) environment,” De Guzman said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, PNP Human Resource and Doctrine Development director P/Dir. German Doria revealed that they have already received letters from other countries expressing intention to send their policemen to Subic for training.

“One of them is Palau,” Doria said, adding that the PNP is already preparing a memorandum of agreement to cover the request.

Among those present in the PSVL ground-breaking were PNP Region 3 director Chief Supt. Errol Pan, and Olongapo City police chief Sr. Supt. Abelardo Villacorta. (30)

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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