PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde and National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday were honored at Fort del Pilar in Baguio City by their fellow Cavaliers after they were adjudged as among the Top 11 Philippine Military Academy awardees during their annual alumni homecoming.
Albayalde, a member of PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 and Eleazar of PMA ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 received the top PMA Cavalier Award for police command and administration and police operations. Albayalde , a true-blue son of Pampanga was cited for his outstanding accomplishment as head of the National Capital Region Police Office and later the PNP where he became known for his major anti-crime and anti-terror accomplishments as well as his no-nonsense internal cleansing program. Albayalde replaced his mistah, now senatorial candidate Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa as PNP chief on April 19 last year.
Eleazar got the award as head of the Quezon City Police District where he steered the Q.C.’s Finest into being the top police district in Metro Manila with its outstanding drive against criminality specifically illegal drug trafficking and abuse, rogues in uniform, terrorism and other criminals in the streets.
The Cavalier Award is the highest recognition given to Peemayers or PMA graduates who have distinguished themselves with their outstanding achievements in their respective fields.
“As Metro Manila’s Top Cop, PDG Albayalde strictly implemented practical programs for crime prevention and suppression, an intensified campaign against criminality and illegal drugs, and a sustained internal cleansing of NCRPO’s ranks which proved to be an answer to the worsening crime situation in Metro Manila,” the PMA said.
Eleazar, a native of Tagkawayan, Quezon was conferred the Cavalier Award for his unrelenting campaign against illegal drugs and organized crime when he was still the QCPD director.
“He pushed a relentless drive against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality in Quezon City, getting big criminal groups along the way. By late 2017, QCPD was chosen as the Most Trusted Police District per Napolcom surveys,” the PMA said.
Nine other PMA alumni also received the PMA Cavalier Award yesterday. They are Ronnie Gil Gavan of PMA Class 1993 for Coast Guard Operations; Philippine Army Sniper Task Group Commander Harold Nemeño of PMA Class 1998 for Special Operations; SEAL Unit Commander Gilbert Villareal of PMA Class 1998 for for Naval Operations; Ramon Flores of PMA Class 1994 for Army Operations;
Air Force 5th Fighter Wing Director for Operations Rolando Peña III of PMA Class 1997 or Air Operations; Director Leo Angelo Leuterio of PMA ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988 for Alumni Affairs; Jesus Lomeda Jr. of PMA Class 1980 for Special Field; Fernando Mesa of PMA Class for Public Administration and retired Police Director Luizo Ticman of PMA Class 1976 for Private Enterprise.