Mayor Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada on Friday surprised 14 members of the Manila Police District (MPD) by giving them P100,000 each for their exemplary contributions to maintaning peace and order in the city.
The country’s former leader handed the awards during simple ceremonies marking the 114th anniversary of the founding of the MPD.
Estrada also gave P300,000 each to five units of the police district, also for such contributions.
Those who received P100,000 each were Supt. Jackson Tuliao as station commander of the year, Chief Insp. Lucile Faycho as best staff officer, Chief Insp. John Guiagui as most effective police community precinct commander, Chief Insp. Olivia Sagaysay as junior police commissioned officer for operation, Chief Insp. Santiago Pascual as junior PCO for administration, Insp. Gemma Abarra as PCO for operation, Insp. Ana Lourence Simbajon as PCO for administration, Senior Police Officer 2 Lovelinda Dipasupil as police non-commissioned officer for operation, Police Officer 3 Georgyn Lozano as PNCO for administration, SPO 4 Manuel Lao as executive senior police officer, SPO 3 Raul Baldomar as senior PNCO, PO3 Michael Maraggun as junior PNCO and Oriela Badulis as non-uniformed personnel of the year.
Those units awarded P300,000 each were District Public Safety Battalion as support unit of the year, Moriones Police Station as station of the year, Delpan PCP (PS2) as police community precinct of the year, Raxabago Police Station as women and children protection desk of the year and District Police Strategy Management Unit (special award).
The cash awards were on top of the P108,206,000 that the city government has handed out to the MPD since July last year.
Estrada, before proceeding with his speech, led a silent prayer for the 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police who were killed last July 25 in a clash with Muslim separatist rebels in the town of Mamasapano in Maguindanao province.
“I can assure you that as our city’s financial situation continues to improve, then the benefits that are due to be given to MPD personnel will be distributed accordingly,” he said.
A total of 12 patrol cars and 50 motorized scooters, all donations from the private sector, were turned over to the police district.
Estrada vowed to make Manila a truly “Pearl of the Orient,” not the “Gates of Hell” as described by well-known author Dan Brown in his book “Inferno.”.
“There can be no progress in a city, or a country for that matter, without peace and order,“ he said.
The former President commended MPD Disrict Director Supt. Rolando Nana for doing an outstanding job in leading the police district.
He cited the high-tech command center located at the fourth floor of city hall that monitors 24 hours a day the peace and order, traffic and disaster situations in Manila.