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New PNP regional director assumes office under quarantine

Elmer Recuerdo

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PBGen. Bernabe Balba (PNP Photo)

PALO, Leyte – He traveled from Manila to Leyte by car, took over his office without any fanfare of a turnover of a command, and now runs the office as the regional director while serving a self-quarantine.

The abnormal situation brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has not spared PBGen. Bernabe Balba, the newly-installed regional director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Eastern Visayas.

Balba’s appointment in the region took effect on 19 March while he was serving as district director of the Manila Police District.

Like anyone else who came from Manila where cases of local COVID-19 transmission was abound, Balba was considered as a person under monitoring and was required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period.

But this did not stall Balba’s resolve in starting work from Day One as he addressed his new team.

“It is my fervent honor to lead PRO-8 (Police Regional Office-8) as your regional director. I know for a fact that the police force of Eastern Visayas is resilient and reliable,” Balba said in his statement furnished to media.

“Now that we are facing an emergency crisis, I have high hopes that we can overcome any trials. We are all in this together. My gratefulness also goes to our Lord Almighty for guiding me throughout my journey,” he added.

Balba is a graduate of Philippine Military Academy class of 1988 and said to be one of the youngest in his class.

The new PRO-8 district director said that under his leadership, he will push to instill three basic Filipino values that each “Pulis Waraynon” should possess: malinis (neat and clean) not just on physical attributes but also towards workplace and stations; magalang (respectful) wherein humility and prudence should highly observed; and maaasahan (reliable) no matter how big or small their contribution in the PNP organization.

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