THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) has a new police director exactly a month after the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Northern Mindanao installed Senior Superintendent Gerardo Rosales as temporary chief.
The Philippine National Police in Camp Crame ordered the installation of Senior Superintendent Robert Roy Bahian to Cocpo leadership effective on Wednesday, March 15.
A Bukidnon native, Bahian graduated from Liceo de Cagayan University with a degree in civil engineering.
Rosales was out of town, prompting the PRO to temporarily designate Cocpo Deputy City director for Administration Superintendent Aaron Mandia as officer-in-charge just to proceed with the turn-over ceremony.
Bahian was previously assigned in the Negros Island Region and later to Western Visayas as commander of the Regional Public Safety Battalion before his transfer to the city.
He said the war on illegal drugs starting from the village level would be among his priorities as city director.
Next to his priorities is making the city safe place to live, work and do business as he vowed to fight all forms of criminality with the help of the community.
“I would like to urge everyone that we must help each other dahil (because) after all peace and order is everybody's concern,” Bahian said.
Bahian added he would study and evaluate the performance of the station commanders to see whether reshuffling is necessary.
Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno spoke before the Cocpo personnel and vowed to support the police to achieve the objectives of maintaining peace and order in the city.
“You have our support. There is no more division and the city council is very supportive,” Moreno said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 16, 2017.