The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) lauds a traffic cop who acted as a good samaritan when he assisted a couple whose car got stalled in Edsa and then refused to get the tip offered to him for his help.
DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano says PO1 George Salvador Viernes, Jr. assigned at the PNP Traffic Enforcement Unit, Regional Highway Patrol Unit (RHPU) in Metro Manila is worthy of emulation as he exemplifies the Department’s brand of service of being matino, mahusay, at maaasahan.
“Ganyan ang pulis! Tapat sa tungkulin at may integridad, at higit sa lahat, hindi naghihintay ng kabayaran para sa paglilingkod sa mga mamamayan. Saludo ako kay PO1 Viernes,” says Ano.
Viernes' pictures went viral on social media sites particularly Facebook (FB) since last week following the post of Carolyn Jayme on the assistance the cop extended to her and her husband after their car was stuck in Edsa.
According to the post of Carolyn, she was even more impressed when Viernes declined to receive the tip she offered as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude for his kindness.
The DILG Chief says he is pleased that a simple act of good deed by a police officer can be overwhelmingly appreciated by the public.
"Nagpapasalamat kami sa ipinakitang pagpapahalaga ng publiko sa magandang gawain ni Viernes. Dahil dito, nakakasiguro ako na mas magiging masipag at masigasig pa ang kapulisan na tuparin ang kanilang tungkulin na protektahan at paglingkuran ang publiko,” he says.
According to Ano, he believes that there a thousand-and-one Viernezes out there who are honest and efficient in doing their jobs but they are not being highlighted in the media.
“TV shows such as Ang Probinsiyano are really a big help to the PNP because they depict the heroism and dedication of our police officers to their sworn duty. They help reverse the stigma that uniformed officers cannot be trusted. Tulad ni PO1 Viernes, mas marami pa rin ang tapat at matitinong pulis,” he says.