Nerez takes over Cordillera police office

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Friday, December 13, 2013

CORDILLERA'S newly installed top cop started his first day in office by calling for peace.

Police Regional Office-Cordillera director Chief Superintendent Isagani Nerez said the foremost problem of the region remains with insurgency and renewed the call for peace with the New People’s Army.

He challenged rebels to lay down their arms and work with government forces for peace in the Cordillera or deal with equal force if necessary.

“If you continue to disrespect the rights of peace loving people of the Cordillera then we are at war with you. Help us attain tranquility and peace in Cordillera,” he stressed.

The new Cordillera police director stressed his tenure in PRO-Cordillera is anchored on respect appealing to law enforcers to do their jobs with respect to achieve peace and harmony in the region.

“Respect shall be the battle cry, the main ingredient of the police in the Cordillera in the performance of our functions. We must not forget to be respectful to all. We must inculcate in our minds that without respect we cannot be competent professionals,” he added.

He also challenged cops to implement the individual performance card every day and be ready to apprehend criminals daily.

Among the priorities of the regional director is to introduce mediation proceedings in resolving conflicts citing it worked in the province of Abra resulting in its improved peace and order situation the past years.

He also emphasized the importance of mediation stressing “[it] creates a culture of respect in the police force and stakeholders.”

Nerez said Police Director General Allan Purisima stressed there is a need to propagate the use of the Automated Fingerprint Information System in identifying criminals and help prevent and solve crimes.

“We must solve the crime the soonest possible time. We have to see to it that the perpetrators will be charged and brought to the bars of justice. We must streamline processes and make sure no delays in the delivery of law enforcement services, no delay in responding to needs of Cordillerans. We must take out processes that result to delay in delivery of service,” he added.

He vowed to properly dispose cases through prompt resolution within the framework of the police justice system saying it is the only way to gain the respect of the community.

Nerez also asked the Regional Peace and Order Council and the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Council to review and rate the police to properly gauge its performance.

He also called on more focused anti-crime strategies started by his predecessor outgoing PRO-Cordillera director Benjamin Magalong.

PNP Director General Allan Purisima said Nerez has a tough act following in the footsteps of Magalong whose leadership in the region recently attained the highest rating of 97.4 percent on the Performance Governance System highlighted in the Philippine Patrol Plan.

But Purisima expressed confidence in Nerez with Magalong now detailed as the new head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Magalong, meanwhile, stressed the sense of professionalism shown by the incoming regional director is proof he can muster and have an even greater impact in attaining peace and order in the Cordillera.

Nerez has one the most solid reputations in the police force in the country as a member of Philippine Military Academy “Maharlika” Class of 1984. He once served as commander and staff of the country’s anti-kidnapping group, the Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response (Pacer), CIDG, the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force, PNP Special Action Force, was a provincial commander and was Baguio City Police Office director from 2004 to 2007.

He is also a member of the Philippine Bar after passing the bar examinations in 1998. He is married to Chona Alvez-Nerez of Baguio City.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 14, 2013.

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