IPPO tops performance rating

By Jennifer P. Rendon

Laggard no more.

The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) topped the Unit Performance Evaluation Rating (UPER) for April 2023.

Colonel Ronaldo Palomo could not be more proud as he shared that IPPO bested eight other police offices and units, including the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6.

In a press release, the IPPO said that it got a rating of 96.45 percent.

The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) came in second with 96.23 percent and Iloilo City Police Office at third with 94.88 percent.

“I commend all Ilonggo cops for this achievement. Our relentless operational and administrative campaigns have paid off and I take this as a challenge to sustain the momentum,” Palomo said.

UPER measures the overall performance of police units, specifically in terms of operations, intelligence, investigation, police community affairs and development, logistics, human resource, personnel and records management, information and communications technology management, logistics, plans, finance, and research and development.

The monthly UPER parameters include measuring the execution of discipline and law and order programs. It will even take into account the policies for the personnel’s morale and welfare.

In its press release, the IPPO highlighted that the unit “lagged behind in the performance evaluation. This feat proves that it could raise the bar of performance by propelling units and individuals to do more and deliver more.”

Does this mean that the previous commanders did nothing to raise the bar?

“Not necessarily,” Major Rolando Araño, IPPO spokesperson, said.

Araño claimed that they only cited that the “IPPO lagged behind in the past” to stress that they have improved.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean that they did not work hard. It’s not purposely written to compare. We’re saying that the command has been learned. And we use that as a motivation,” he said.

The past two IPPO chiefs were Colonel Adrian Acollador (January to October 2022) and Colonel Noel Aliño (October 2022 to March 2023).

Araño said IPPO’s failure to top previous UPERs became a motivation for them.

“We learned from the past. It was used as an inspiration and motivation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Palomo also recognized the support and cooperation of the public in what he claimed was a “breakthrough.”

But he also enjoined the IPPO not to be complacent with the achievement and to perform even better.