MANILA, Sept. 9, 2016— The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has honored a leading figure in the Catholic Church’s prison ministry for his commitment to offering time and talent for crime prevention.
Rodolfo Diamante, executive secretary of the bishops’ Commission on Prison Pastoral Care, received the Napolcom’s Community Service Award for his involvement in the government’s criminal justice program.
Diamante was among the eight individuals and groups who received the award in a ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Thursday.
The event was one of the highlights as the Napolcom, the administrative body running the Philippine National Police, celebrates its 50th year.
In giving the award, the agency expressed its gratitude for Diamante’s “selfless contribution” to the technical committee on crime prevention and criminal justice system, particularly in the corrections pillar.
The Napolcom said the “untiring commitment” of the awardees led to the successful implementation of the government’s crime prevention policies and criminal justice programs.
For his part, Diamante, who had been serving the prison ministry for more than two decades already, is hoping these concerted efforts “will not be wasted”.
“Let is be a testament to the values of respecting the dignity of the human person regardless of who he is,” he said.
“We need to push for a better treatment of the offender and a commitment to move beyond punishment to restorative justice,” added Diamante. (CBCPNews)