By Aaron Recuenco
Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has ordered all police commanders to include in their daily routine the cleaning of police stations and other unit offices, saying failure to do so would fall under neglect of duty.
Dela Rosa said he is very particular on the outside premises and the comfort rooms which are usually observed to be filthy like that of the Kamuning Police Station in Quezon City.
It was recalled that the police commander of Kamuning Police Station was among the three chiefs of police who were sacked from their post after dela Rosa himself observed the dirty surroundings every time he would pass by in the area.
“Every time I pass by that area, I always see that it is dirty. So I stopped by the area and ordered them to clean the surroundings,” said dela Rosa.
“So I am directing all regional directors to make sure that police stations in their respective areas are always clean. I also instructed them to include checking on the cleanliness of the police stations in their inspections,” he added.
The police official explained that it is indeed embarrassing to the complainants, especially to the foreigners and other guests, if they would see the police station to be untidy.
Dela Rosa’s observation has been the subject of complainants in the past who would not even dare to ask for the use of comfort rooms in some police stations for being dirty.
Untidy surroundings, especially dirty comfort rooms, would result in bad smell in the police station’s surroundings which could eventually compromise the health situation of the policemen assigned in the area.
“Cleanliness and sanitation in the police stations should be a standard. Police commanders should always make sure that the surroundings are clean, particularly the comfort rooms,” said dela Rosa.
Also to be included in the regular inspections checklist, according to dela Rosa, is the personal grooming of the policemen.
Being professional and public servants, dela Rosa explained that all policemen should observe personal hygiene which includes the haircut and proper wearing of uniforms.
While personal grooming is included in the demerit points, a regular check on the personal hygiene and proper wearing of uniform are not usually being observed.
“Meeting or interacting with people is part of the daily routine of a policeman so they should make sure that they always look and smell good,” said dela Rosa.
Dela Rosa then warned that policemen who would be caught violating his instructions on cleanliness and personal grooming would be in trouble.
“Some of them are really neglectful of their duty. Failure to clean surroundings is neglect of duty,” said dela Rosa.