PANGASINAN – A total of 1,381 police officers in the Ilocos region were promoted to the next rank on Friday, January 15, in recognition of their sacrifices, merits, and accomplishments, according to Police Regional Office 1 (PRO-1) Director Brig. Gen. Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr.
A simultaneous oath taking, and donning and pinning of ranks was held at the PRO-1 Grandstand in San Fernando, La Union.
Among those who were promoted were police officers from the Regional Headquarters, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 1 (RMFB1), La Union Police Provincial Office (LUPPO), and Camp-based Regional Support Units (RSUs) physically attended the said ceremony while the rest virtually joined via zoom.
Azurin stressed that their promotion came after their sacrifices, and the accomplishments they made while serving and protecting the people of Ilocos region.
“Aside from responsibilities, your promotion also adds to you power and authority. Use all these for the benefit of many. Use your position to help, to serve, and to protect and never ever misuse and abuse your power and authority. I want you to cherish this gift and be grateful by doing your jobs better and by constantly seeking what is best for our organization. Show us, show the community that you deserve this,” Azurin said.
Of the 1,381 newly promoted personnel, 57 were promoted to the rank of major, 11 to captain and four to lieutenant. For non-commissioned officers (NCOs), 306 were promoted to the rank of executive master sergeant, 97 to chief master sergeant, 344 to senior master sergeant, 50 to master sergeant, 176 to staff sergeant, and 336 to corporal.
And of those promoted, 517 were from the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPO), 199 from the La Union PPO, 242 from Ilocos Sur PPO, 172 from Ilocos Norte PPO, 125 from RMFB1 and 126 from the RHQ.