I now journey on better armed with the experience of a lifetime and richly equipped with the ideals of courage, integrity and loyalty instilled in me by this great institution," said Dela Rosa, a member of PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986.
The outgoing Chief of the PNP was placed into office by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 1, 2016 and will be replaced by incoming Chief General Oscar Albayalde after his official retirement on April 18, 2018.
"I am thankful that here you are, our young cadets ready to be trained and molded into the officers who will carry on with the mission to serve God, Country and the people," the General acclaimed.
Dela Rosa who was with his wife, two daughters, relatives, his classmates and other high ranging Police officials both in the retired and active duty admitted having low points in his career as Chief PNP but pushed through by adhering to what the institution instilled in him.
"I want to tell you that if there was one thing that carried me through the rough roads of my journey and help me weather the tremendous storm of life in the uniformed service, it was my deep adherence to the honor code," Dela Rosa reiterated.
Earlier, Dela Rosa served as Chief PNP for a year and 9 months bid farewell and retire from the police service on Thursday, April 19, addressed the 180,000strong police force for the last time at Camp Crame.
"This ideals I know will carry me on to greater achievements in my life. I now look back happy and fulfilled for having lived my dream, 'Totoo iyan', I really lived my dreams. It was my dream to become an officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines," Dela Rosa added.
Following his goodbyes at Camp Crame and his alma mater he is set to oversee the infamous New Bilibid Prison as the next chief of the Bureau of Corrections.