The activity was attended by members of the Command Group, Directorial Staff, other officers, PNCOs and NUPs of the Police Regional Office 5. Bishop Joel Baylon expressed his gratitude to the Philippine National Police for its accomplishments and contribution in the maintenance of peace and order in our community. He also expressed his appreciation of the noble undertakings of the PNP in creating the Regional Advisory Council where it is at this proper forum where problems faced by the community is discussed and given proper action. Assistance to people is easily coordinated with the right person to take action on. Bishop BAYLON also mentioned the significance of the name KASUROG COPS because it is a name to stand for, a name tobe portrayed by each PNP personnel because the PNP can always work in partnership with the community.
He also imparted three things embodied in the PNP vision, that the PNP is imploring the aid of the Almighty in its effort of attaining a highly capable, effective and credible police service and also encouraged the support of the community towards a safer place to live and do business with.
Most Rev. Baylon shared the message of Pope Francis in his commitment to ending slavery. The many faces of slavery are:
1.Women forced into marriage, those sold for slavery and those bequeathed to relatives of their deceased husband without any right to give ortheir consent;
2.Those who experiences hunger, deprived of freedom, robbed of their possessions, or undergo physical and sexual abuse;
3.Persons, minors and adults alike, who are made objects of trafficking for the sale of organs, recruitment as soldiers for begging or illegal activities such as production of narcotics or for disguised version of cross border adoption.
With the cited forms of slavery, he encouraged and appealed to all men and women of good will including the highest levels of civil institutions, who witness the scourge of contemporary slavery , not to become accomplices to this evil , not to turn away from the sufferings of our brothers and sisters , our fellow human beings , who are deprived of their freedom and dignity.
Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at the PRO5 Chapel on the same day and followed by a seminar on Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices at MPB, Camp General Simeon A. Ola, Legazpi City attended by PRO5 personnel.