Newly installed Bohol police provincial director Senior Supt. Angeles Geñorga has vowed to push for more beat patrols and to improve police visibility as he took over the command during turn-over rites at the Camp Francisco Dagohoy.
Geñorga said he will be guided by the ideals set forth by the regional police office to be always busy catching criminals, drug pushers,and users.
He also appealed support from all 48 station commanders spread across the 47 towns and one city of Bohol.
Geñorga is taking the helm of the Bohol Provincial Polic Office (BPPO) in an acting capacity for now.
The change of command was graced by former PNP Regional Director 7 Chief. Supt. Jose Mario Espino, who was the guest of honor at the ceremony.
The new police provincial director will have to contend in keeping the peace and order situation in a province that is frequently visited by tourists.
He is taking over the command of a provincial police office toughened by the incursion of Abu Sayyaf Group bandits in April last year.
For his part, former BPPO provincial director Senior Supt. Felipe Natividad leaves his post with glaring achievements in the past 18 months.
Natividad took the helm of keeping the peace and order in three of six international conferences held in Bohol last year.
The command for the other three conferences held in Bohol last year was under the regional police office.
Bohol hosted last year four Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting, a conference on geology, and the Asia Cooperation Dialog on energy, food andwater nexus.
Natividad took the help in the relentless drive against drugs. At the same timehe led the effort to pin down the mastermind of the killing of Atty. Mia Mascariñas-Green in February last year.
He also cited having more barangays less affected by drugs compared to when he assumed office.
However, some of the barangays have yet to be cleared from drug affectation by the oversight committee in the region.
Meanwhile, Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto has high hopes with the new provincial director working well with the local peace and order team.
Chatto met Geñorga on Monday during the special action committee of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC).
Chatto said he was given assurance Geñorga got what it takes to maintain the peace and order situation in the province.
The governor gave assurance to the new head of the BPPO of the cooperation of the various LGUs in the province.
“Our mayors will be supporting you, down the line to our provincial officials, barangay leaders and even the purok leaders in the purok network we will be providing support to you,” the governor said.
FIRST ORDER OF THE DAY
Geñorga said he would improve police visibility as part of his initial moves as he assumes office as officer-in-charge provincial director of the BPPO.
He said he already made the rounds of police stations in the province and asked the officers to get out and mingle with the public instead of spending their time in their respective stations.
He also assured the media and the public, police communications would be improved.
It is a common complaint by folks that police, especially in rural areas, are hard to contact.
He asked the public and the media to report to him any anomaly detected for proper action.
At the same time, he will validate any reports first, to give justice to every party involved. Acting without validation, said would be unfair.
Geñorga said he would continue to implement the vision of former chief Espino in pushing for the beat patrol system.
He announced the so-called EFGH initiative, which stands for Effectively Fight Gangsters and Hoodlums. (DSA)