THE Philippine National Police Headquarters Support Service (PNP-HSS) now boasts of having the best Group Advisory Council (GAC) all over the country after the body was recently adjudged as the Outstanding National Support Unit Advisory Council.
Chaired by retired Police General-turned National Police Commission (Napolcom) Commissioner Felizardo M. Serapio Jr., the HSS-GAC shared top honors with the Cordillera Police Regional Advisory Council which was named as the Outstanding Regional Advisory Council during the 4th founding anniversary of the Center for Police Strategy Management.
The HSS-GAC is playing a crucial role in the no-nonsense transformation program of the PNP-HSS headed by Chief Superintendent Philip Gil M. Phillipps, a lawyer-member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sandiwa’ Class of 1985.
Its chairman and his members - Mr. Louie R. Sarmiento, Ms. Joselyn Gutierrez-Jose, Pastor Arnold Serra, Mr. Michael ‘Mike’ Planas and Ms. Lady Anne Alfonso - have been described as men and women of integrity from different sectors of the society like the academe, the business sector, religious, government and the media—many of them critics providing the PNP-HSS ideas and recommendations to transform the unit into a more effective, efficient and credible PNP unit.
These advisers regularly conduct meetings, issue resolutions and help form strategies and other plans for the betterment of the unit particularly when it comes to the so-called ‘best practices’ needed to address internal and external problems and most importantly, provide efficient and non-stop service to the public.
The advisory council members play a crucial role in implementing the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030 or the Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law, said CPS director, Chief Supt. Noel A. Baraceros.
Many officers and men of the PNP-HSS have displayed honesty and bravery in the performance of their day-to-day duties earning them recognition from their GAC whose members broached the idea of installing HSS ‘Honesty Box’ and ‘Need Help’ signs at the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame.
The ‘Need Help’ program provides Camp Crame visitors’ numbers that they can call in case of emergencies.
One example of an honest PNP-HSS member is Police Officer 3 Elson Banasan of the Base Police Section. Last July 11, the policeman returned a brown envelope containing P38,000 in cash to its rightful owner earning him citation from his superiors.
At present, the PNP-HSS has nearly 1,000 officers and men providing security, safety, special services and general utilities management at Camp Crame.