OFFICIALS of the soon to be dissolved Police Regional Office (PRO)-Negros Island Region (NIR) met with their counterparts in Western Visayas for the transition process following the abolition of NIR.
On Tuesday night in Iloilo City, Chief Superintendent Cesar Binag, PRO-Western Visayas director, along with his staff, met with officials of police units under Negros Island that will be reverted to Western Visayas.
Chief Superintendent Edmund Gonzales, PRO-Negros Island Region director, said they discussed the coordination in logistics and equipment.
The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office will be reverted back to PRO- Western Visayas, while the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office will rejoin PRO in Central Visayas.
Gonzales said they are still waiting for Camp Crame to issue the guidelines on the NIR abolition.
He said the police regional office is already starting the inventory of its equipment, including the more than 10 Mahindra patrol cars, adding that they have yet to determine whether the equipment will be turn over to the nearest police units.
Gonzales added that the PRO-18 personnel will also return to their mother units while he has yet to know his fate following the region’s abolition.
He also said that he directed his men on the ground to make “slight adjustments” in terms of security measures, adding that the two provincial police offices in Negros should continue their coordination.
“They should expand their level of coordination as they have already established contacts,” he added.
Moreover, Gonzales said that more personnel will be deployed on the ground now that the police regional office will be dissolved.
“We will increase our strength,” he said.
For his part, Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, BCPO acting director, said the PRO-Western Visayas officials already laid down the direction of their programs for a smooth transition during the turn over.
Wanky, who also joined the meeting, said that Bacolod and Negros Occidental police also presented their plans and programs so it would be aligned with the initiatives of PRO-Western Visayas.
In the conference, he said they saw the “direction” of PRO-Western Visayas, adding that it is focused on the campaign against illegal drugs, gambling, and criminality.
“Their direction is the same as ours,” Wanky added.
The police units under NIR that will be dissolved will be “evenly distributed” to PRO-Western Visayas and PRO-Central Visayas.
Provincial Planning and Development officer, Ma. Lina Sanogal, said the National Economic Development Authority (Neda)-Western Visayas officials led by Regional Director Ro-ann Bacal asked the Provincial Government to turn over the list of projects and programs endorsed by the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Negros Island.
She said the Neda-Western Visayas officials assured them that they will push for the implementation of projects in Negros Occidental.
Also, the Provincial Government was asked to facilitate the election of private sector representative for Negros Occidental, she said.
Negros Occidental will join the next RDC-Western Visayas meeting.
Sanogal said the Negros Island regional directors will meet with Anthony Nuyda, concurrent head of Department of the Interior Local Government in NIR and Western Visayas, for the transition operations.
The NIR regional offices were given 60 days to wind up their operations.
On August 7, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order 38 abolishing NIR.