The PNP and Bishops of Negros Island
The Chief, Philippine National Police represented by the TDCO had a dialogue with the Bishops of Bacolod, Dumaguete, Kabankalan, San Carlos and MOP as a continuous effort in resolving issues and concerns encountered by the people in these Island. The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office also presented a briefing on the latest crime situation and updates of different cases raised by the Bishops of Negros Island. The meaningful and fruitful discussions of the second part of the meeting started at about 12:30 PM and ended 2:35 PM. All bishops of the Negros Island were present during the meeting.
The Director, Chaplain Service made pastoral visitation and conducted talk to men at Headquarters, Police Regional Office 7. He met the life coaches to address issues and concerns they encountered in their Ministry. National Advisory Council member, Fr Mel Diola was also present during the meeting.
The PNP Chaplain Service Director, PBGEN JASON D ORTIZO presided over the celebration of the Ash Wednesday Mass at the St Joseph Chapel, Camp Crame, Quezon City, marking the beginning of the Solemn Lenten Season this February 17, 2021 at 12:15 NN.
Lent is a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It is period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scriptures, we serve by giving alms and we practice self control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent but to a true inner conversion of the heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts - not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St John Chrysostom reminds us "Not to enable the poor to share in our good is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not our, but theirs." - USCCB
On February 4, 2021, the Chaplain Service under the leadership of PBGEN JASON D ORTIZO, Director, together with PCOL ARNULFO A CASTILLO, Deputy Director, PCOL EBRA M MOXSIR, Chief of Staff and other personnel who joined via Zoom and Facebook live, took part in the recital of National Synchronized Interfaith Prayer for Peace in the Philippines and the whole World (2021 version).
For the past two years, the entire PNP had joined religiously in the National Synchronized Interfaith Prayer as initiated by the PasaLord Prayer Movement. This time, the PNP volted-in with the devotees in a MOMENT OF PRAYER at 12:00 NN today - this is the third year that the PNP participated in this noble endeavor. This activity expressed the sense of the Senate (P.S. Res. No. 1002 dated January 28, 2018) in declaring every First Thursday of February starting 2019 as the National Synchronized Interfaith Prayers for Peace and Reconciliation.
The synchronized interfaith prayer also falls within the Week of World Interfaith Harmony Week (annual UN observance week, February 1-7) as supported by Republic Act No. 10525 dated July 23, 2012 - An Act declaring the First Week of February of Every Year as "World Interfaith Harmony Week" in the entire country and mandating its observance by the different government agencies.