By Tracy Cabrera
The senatorial aspirant, retired PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar after he filed his certificate of candidacy before the Commission on Elections in Intramuros, Manila (Photo: General Eleazar’s Media Friends)
MANILA — Expressing heartfelt gratitude for being given recognition for his sterling performance in leading and reforming the 222,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP) force as well as in ensuring peace and order in the country when he was still the country’s ‘top cop’, retired PNP chief and Partido Reporma senatorial aspirant Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar downplayed praises now being showered upon him as mere accessories to a life dedicated to public service.
In an interview, the retired police general explained that what really matters in his bid for a senatorial seat is in the crafting of his legislative agenda that would matter most to the Filipino people, especially in this time of crisis wherein the whole country is facing a multitude of problems from economy to health and from criminality to peace and order and security
Eleazar was among this year’s recipients of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan (PLB) award, which is given to outstanding government workers by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for exceptional or extraordinary contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had a nationwide impact on public interest, security, and patrimony.
“Ako ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa pagkilalang ito para sa aking paglilingkod sa bayan noong ako’y hepe pa ng Pambansang Pulisya. Ang pagkilalang ito ay alay ko sa Poong Maykapal, sa aking pamilya, at sa bawat Pilipino na nararapat lamang makatanggap ng tapat at maayos na serbisyo mula sa kapulisan,” he emphatically pointed out.
“Magsisilbing inspirasyon ang pagkilalang ito upang ipagpatuloy ko ang tapat na paglilingkod sa bayan lalo na ngayong isang panibagong hamon ang ating haharapin sa larangan ng pulitika. Sa kabila nito, hindi magbabago ang ating hangarin na maglingkod at tumulong sa ating mga kababayan,” he added.
The 26th PNP chief, who served the national police force for more than three decades, reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 last November 13 and was succeeded by then chief of the PNP’s directorial staff, Lieutenant General Dionardo Bernardo Carlos, himself a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy’s Maringal Class of 1988.
Looking back at his policies and program when he was ‘top cop’, Eleazar centered his leadership on the Intensified Cleanliness Policy (ICP), which until now is focused not only on ensuring discipline, professionalism, and cleanliness in all the national police organization‘s frontline offices but also on the fast, reliable and honest police service to the people.
Eleazar’s implementation of the ICP was proven successful as it did not only reach but also surpassed the objective of winning the trust and respect of the public after the PNP recorded the biggest jump in its trust and approval ratings among several government agencies in just six months—from 22nd ranking in trust rating to 7th and from 25th ranking in approval rating to 8th. (ai/mtvn)