By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Debold Sinas presided over the awarding of the Corps’ “Best Best” and turnover ceremony for the outgoing Hinirang Class of 2021 to the incoming 1st Class cadets of Philippine National Police Academy on Saturday (April 17, 2021) at Camp Castaneda in Silang, Cavite.
PMGen Rhoderick C Armamento, PNPA Director, together with the Command Group, Commandant of Cadets, Dean of Academics, Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and the Cadet Corps welcomed Sinas and Party in yet another leadership milestone for both the outgoing HINIRANG Class of 2021 and the incoming ALAB-KALIS Class of 2022.
The PNP chief also adorned the outstanding companies’ Guidon and handed over the coveted “Cups.” It was Bravo Company that bagged the Commandant’s Cup, for having the least demerits and highest grades in Tactics in all four (4) classes; Foxtrot Company got the coveted Dean’s Cup for garnering the aggregated highest grades in academic subjects; the Best Marching Company went to Charlie Company; Echo Company meanwhile got the Athletics’ Cup; and finally, JCDT Kenneth L Cotton was adjudged as the year’s Servant-Leadership awardee.
Soon after the awarding, the Turn-Over of Command followed. This is an annual Cadet Corps tradition that represents the formal transfer of duties, authority and responsibility from the incumbent to the interim set of cadet officers.
This ceremonious event is symbolized by the passing on of the Saber that symbolizes leadership: a continuing legacy of the Long Maroon’s Line’s cherished traditions of honoring those who came first relative to the virtues of Service, Integrity and Justice.
This event also marks the penultimate test for the soon to be ruling class in the Corps—as they are deemed to be organized and primed enough in dispensing with the requirements of being at the helm.
In his message, Sinas expressed his elation to this year’s Best Best Awardees and challenged them to sustain their notable performances.
He also thanked the members of the graduating class for painstakingly leading the underclassmen to excellence, in spite of the many challenges and changes brought about by the prevailing situations under the new normal.
He also underscored the able leadership in the PNPA led by PMGEN Armamento and emphasized that the best practices should be treasured, continued, and at most be improved to ensure that the country’s primary public safety learning and training institution does not come short in what is expected of it, that is to produce refined ladies and gentlemen who will “LEARN TODAY, and LEAD TOMORROW.” (AI/MTVN)