Elmer Ragadio Soria, Police Regional Office 8 Director
addressing the participants during the Closing and Opening
Ceremony of the PNP Scout Class 17-2012 and 18-2012,
respectively at the PRO8 Grandstand.
PNP SCOUT to beef
up campaign against local terrorist movement in Eastern Visayas
By RPCRD, Police Regional
September 21, 2012
CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K.
KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – “Being a police officer is not about what you
can or cannot do, it’s about what you should do”.
This was the reminder of Police Regional Director PCSupt Elmer Ragadio
Soria to his men as the Police Regional Office 8 today held the Joint
Opening and Closing Ceremony of the PNP Scout Training at the PRO8
Soria exhorted the active role of the PNP in the anti-insurgency
campaign, and the need to initiate aggressive campaign against
criminalities and terrorism even as he expressed the corresponding
need to further enhance the PNP’s Internal Security Operations (ISO)
“Enforce the law with respect to human rights as you transform
yourselves into professional internal security specialists with the
best interest of the community foremost in your hearts”, the Regional
Director said. He also encouraged the next batch of trainees to make
the most out of the special training, participate in all undertakings,
and make a genuine effort to improve themselves.
A total of 195 police personnel have officially completed the PNP
Special Counter Insurgency Unit Training (PNP SCOUT) under the SCOUT
Class 17-2012 while 187 others will start training under the SCOUT
Class 18-2012 to be held at the Regional Special Training Unit 8
The PNP SCOUT is a rigid 45-day training designed to equip police
officers with the requisite skills and confidence that will give them
a distinct advantage in counter-insurgency and local terrorism
operation. The training puts premium on combat skills development,
jungle fighting and survival techniques and also teaches the
participants the principles and techniques of urban crisis response
operations primarily on search and rescue (SAR), and police
Soria added that aside from maintaining peace and order, it is also
the PNP’s duty and responsibility to secure public safety, including
responding to emergencies during calamities.
“We make sure that every PNP personnel deployed is ever-ready, capable
and efficient in handling his duties and responsibilities,” Soria
The new SCOUT graduates will be assigned to the Regional Public Safety
Battalion (RPSB8), PRO8’s maneuver unit primarily tasked to confront
and eventually end the insurgency problem in Eastern Visayas region.