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INAYAN: Why Cordilleran Cops are the Best

The Inayan way of life is the secret to why the Cordilleran cops are the most disciplined Police officers nationwide.

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Cordilleran cops wearing traditional Igorot attire.
Cordilleran cops wearing traditional Igorot attire.

The recent release of NAPOLCOM that the Police Regional Office Cordillera being the most disciplined Regional Police Office nationwide has been a topic of discussion, drawing voluminous admiration and pride particularly from fellow Cordillerans here and abroad.

As a matter of fact, the Community Evaluation Survey for the first quarter of 2019 reveals near-perfect scores for all indices: Satisfaction, Trust, Respect, and Safety.

Cordillera Super Cops: Satisfaction, Trust, Respect and Safety Rating
Cordillera Super Cops: Satisfaction, Trust, Respect and Safety Rating

So what is INAYAN you asked?

"Inayan" means to hold back or to prevent an individual from doing something unpleasant towards others or things, living and non-living. A deeper investigation of the word in language culture indicates the word connotes "fear of a Supreme Deity called Kabunian (God) who forewarns or dissuades one from doing anything harmful to others and things."

While most indigenous peoples' culture worldwide has succumbed to modern day's creeping globalization, eroding important cultural values, the Igorot peoples' adherence to a centuries-old principle, called "inayan", has allowed them to respect nature, live sustainably with their ecosystem, and live peacefully with their neighbors.

This concept is deeply rooted in the culture of the Igorot people specifically of the Sagada and Besao Applai tribes. The Kankana-ey people of Benguet (iBenget) call it "lawa".

The police force of 1502nd Maneuver Company, being part of the Police Regional Office Cordillera in Mountain Province, has a deep understanding of "Inayan" with respect to the cultural beliefs and traditions of the locals. Despite the mix of ethnicity and origin of its personnel, the belief remains valued as they continue to deliver selfless service to the people.

Salute to all true blooded warriors from the North.
Salute to all true blooded warriors from the North.

PNP Chief General Guillermo Eleazar lauded Cordilleran cops

PNP Chief General GUILLERMO LORENZO T. ELEAZAR visits POLICE REGIONAL OFFICE - Cordillera
PNP Chief General GUILLERMO LORENZO T. ELEAZAR visits POLICE REGIONAL OFFICE - Cordillera

Chief PNP General Guillermo Eleazar lauded the Cordilleran police for proving that they are indeed from the "home of the most disciplined and brave cops" in his message during the 120th Police Service Anniversary at the Police Regional Office Cordillera, Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet on Monday, 16 August 2021.

In his visit to the PRO-COR, Eleazar said in a speech that nobody can dispute that Cordillera is the home of the most disciplined cops in the Philippines.

"The Cordillera region is one of the major sources of PNP personnel in the country and nobody can dispute that when it comes to bravery and dedication to service. PNP personnel from the Cordillera are the forces that we can rely on," Eleazar said.

He also thanked the Cordilleran cops for the good deeds that they have shown.

"Personal akong nagpapasalamat sa inyo dahil karamihan ng mga feature stories natin ng PNP good deeds ay galing dito. Ipagpatuloy natin ang tunay na diwa ng police service at samahan ninyo akong itaguyod ang integridad ng ating organisasyon," Eleazar added.

Police General GUILLERMO LORENZO T. ELEAZAR, Chief of the Philippine National Police, led the 120th Police Service Anniversary in a ceremony held at PROCOR Parade Ground, Camp Major Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet on August 16, 2021.
Police General GUILLERMO LORENZO T. ELEAZAR, Chief of the Philippine National Police, led the 120th Police Service Anniversary in a ceremony held at PROCOR Parade Ground, Camp Major Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet on August 16, 2021.

Indeed, the Police Regional Office-Cordillera is the most disciplined. Long live brave men of the Cordilleras!


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