Untoward incidents may happen in workplaces in unexpected time. Lack of knowledge, training and skills may cause not only harm but inappropriate response and protocol when the need arises.  The front liners in securing the office, properties and personnel must be well trained and equipped to their duties especially during emergencies.  They must be physically and mentally fit to respond to the call of their duty, hence, the Administrative and Finance Division conducted the Training for Security Guards of NIA Region 3 in two batches on August 20 to 21, 2019 and August 22 to 23, 2019 at the NIA Region 3 Farmers Training Center.  This is a training commitment to re-orient Security Guards of NIA Region 3 on protocols to safety, security, firearms handling and spot reporting of incidents to safeguard personnel and government properties.

AFD Manager Rochelle R. Cervantes, with the blessing and support of Regional Manager Josephine B. Salazar, requested Col. Rogelio P. Percol (Ret), Chief Civil Security Officer of the NIA Central Office – Administrative Department to be the Resource Speaker for the Training.

Col. Percol gauged the Security Personnel’s knowledge through a pre-test.  He refreshed the security force of NIA Region 3 with their duties and responsibilities and proceeded with the discussion on Arrest, Search and Seizure, Significance of Communication, Crowd Control, Handling Difficult People, Liability and Legal Aspects, Observation and Documentation, Preserving the Evidence Scene and Public Relations.  To the delight of the participants, he also discussed firearms handling and showed how to disassemble and assemble the .9mm pistol.  On the second day, the participants were transported to an accredited PNP shooting range for their actual training on firearms handling and shooting.  EOD Manager Virgilio J. Ilao, NIA Region 3’s sharpshooter, proudly modeled his superb shooting skills.  The participants were noticeably nervous as most of them were to hold and shoot the gun for the first time but with the guidance of Col. Percol and the Range Officers, they were able to shoot their targets with ease.

By the end of the Training, the participants were awarded their respective Certificate of Completion of Training and other Special Honors:

Last Man Standing:                  ISG Luisito L. Bael

Top Post Exam Scorers:          ISG Ernesto R. Padolina Jr.

                                                   ISG Isabelo G. Lipana

                                                   ISG Ronald M. Esquilona

Top Gun:                                   ISG Jay G. Basilio

                                                   ISG Ronald M. Esquilona

Col. Percol was also given a Certificate of Appreciation for imparting his valuable knowledge and being a source of inspiration to the group.  NIA Region 3’s security force is grateful to the NIA Management, specially to RIM Josephine B. Salazar, for the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills.


#1 Treat all guns as if they are always loaded.

#2 Never let the muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy.

#3 Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to shoot.

#4 Be sure of your target and what lies beyond it.

#5 Always Secure Your Firearm from Unauthorized Persons.

by Ruby Lennie V. Dela Cruz