The Dalaguete Police District (DPD) has re-launched the very first “honesty store” in the Municipality last month to test the values and honesty of its customers and for their fund-raising program to help communities within the municipality.
Adhering to honesty and integrity the Dalaguete Police Station headed by PSI Ronald Alliser, revived the honesty store which has been a practice in Dalaguete for such a long time and has been forgotten practice of the town. They opened up their own store in front of their station months before since the provincial headquarters adopted it and considered it as one of the best practices in their organization (PNP). They built their own honesty store for two reasons. One is for fund-raising purposes and to adhere to the principle of honesty not just because the region headquarters required them to do. It is to test if one really is honest within themselves and in their workplace. The other is for fund-raising purposes from their extra proceeds.
“Honesty is the best policy, dapat mag sugod sa gyud tas mga ginagmay nga pamaagi. Kung dili ka honest sa mga gagmay nga butang, how much more sa mga dagko?” said PSI Alliser during the interview. The store offers basic food items like snacks and instant coffee. Their prices were written on a little black board. Placed next to the blackboard is a plastic box containing bills and coins where the customers are expected to put their payments and get their change on their own.
In addition, the local government unit of Dalaguete would also like to revive the old culture of honesty starting from little stores mirroring the honesty stores and cafes of the infamous, Batanes. The booming municipality will eventually continue to rise because they believe that honesty and loyalty still reside within and not losing hope in mankind, especially in Dalaguetnons.
Whoever said that honesty is rare these days maybe right but in Dalaguete we still practice honesty and even try to influence others by doing so. Being honest means choosing not to lie, steal, cheat or deceive in any way. When you are honest, you build s strength of character that will allow you to be of great service to God, to the community and others.