The Philippine National Police Academy, country’s premier institution for police officers, is mourning the death of a young cadet due to heat stroke yesterday, July 8.
Based on the investigation of the PNPA administration, Cadet Fourth Class Kenneth Ross Alvarado suddenly collapsed while participating in evening mess formation at 5:30PM yesterday.
His co-cadet brought him to the Academy Health Service and consequently referred to Qualimed Hospital in Sta Rosa City, Laguna due to difficulty of breathing. His mother was also in the hospital after she learned the incident.
“The cadet was in the hospital at about 6:05 PM and appropriate medical intervention was immediately given to the patient cadet unfortunately, he didn’t make it and was declared dead at 9:56 PM,” PNPA report said.
PNP Chief, Police General Archie Gamboa expressed his condolences to the parents and relatives of 4CL Alvarado whose father is also a member of PNPA Tagapagpatupad Class of 1992.
The PNP Chief also ordered the PNPA administration to conduct further inquiry and investigation to avoid such unfortunate incident.
PNPA Director, Police Major General Jose Chiquito Malayo noted the PNP Chief’s instruction as the Academy will implement additional measures while initial stage of training the PNPA Class of 2024 is still ongoing this time.
Among those initiatives are mandatory intake of minimum ten glasses of water of all cadets; providing two (2) canteen cups filled with water in bandolier as part of their uniform; drills are momentarily in the shaded area; and progressive exercises will be in two (2) parts – three (3) rounds (600 m/round) around the parade ground during the first day then four (4) rounds after 3 days up to today. Target is ten rounds for the Incorporation Day.
At present, the new PNP Class has 306 newly-acquired cadets consist of 254 males and 52 females. Their reception rite was held on July 3. PNP-PIO