New provincial police director assumes post-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
PREVENTING drug abuse among the youth, protecting children and women from sexual exploitation and upholding the rights of civilians will be the main programs of the newly installed director of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO).
Senior Supt. Noel Gillamac assumed the top post following a turnover ceremony held yesterday at the provincial police headquarters in Sudlon, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.
He replaced Senior Supt. Patrocinio Comendador, who has been temporarily assigned to the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7.
In his speech, Gillamac vowed to go after scalawags in uniform who continue to tarnish the image of the PNP.
Gillamac is the former chief of Regional Personnel and Human Resources Development Division 7.
Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III and PRO 7 Director Danilo Constantino attended the turnover of command and assured the new provincial director of their support.
“You have big shoes to fill. But you are also efficient, dedicated, hardworking, competent and honest as Comendador,” Davide told Gillamac.
"Magtinabangay ta kay dako ni atong lalawigan (Let’s help each other because we have a big province),” said Davide.
Before the ceremony, the governor promised Gillamac that the Capitol will lay asphalt on the road to the CPPO.
Constantino, on the other hand, instructed Gillamac to implement the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS), which will increase the number of police personnel on the streets.
He also wants Gillamac to continue the crime prevention programs of Comendador and look after the welfare of his men.
Reynante Pique, father of six-year-old Ellah Joy, who was abducted and killed in 2011, also attended the turnover.
Reynante said he was worried that the police would neglect the case with Comendador’s transfer. But he added that Gillamac’s words assured him.
Reynante was invited by Comendador to the turnover.
Comendador, who served the CPPO for more than two years, said he wanted Reynante’s presence to emphasize that there are people who are still seeking justice.
The police official considered the identification of the suspects and the arrest of one of them, Bella Ruby Santos, among his accomplishments.
Gillamac, when sought for comment, said he will consider the case one of his priorities.
During the ceremony, Davide, Constantino and Gillamac signed a memorandum of agreement to allow the Highway Patrol Group HPG 7 to use the former provincial police headquarters.
Meanwhile, policemen from Asturias Police Station led by SPO4 Dennis Nocos were awarded for arresting a man, who killed and robbed a livestock trader early this month.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 20, 2013.