PRO 7 says goodbye to Danilo Constantino-A A +A
Friday, May 9, 2014
CHIEF Supt. Danilo Constantino left his post as director of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 with a heavy heart, albeit in high spirits.
“If I want it my way, I want to extend my stay here until the end of the year.
Everyone made me feel I belonged here,” he said during a ceremony at the Camp Sergio Osmeña yesterday.
Constantino was promoted and transferred to Camp Crame to head the Directorate for Police Community Relations.
Under his nine-month stewardship, PRO 7 received the Golden Eagle Award for being the top police office in the Performance Governance System (PGS) nationwide.
During his term, the PRO 7 oversaw a sea tragedy, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and a super typhoon.
“In these periods, I’m proud to say that we rise up to the challenges,” Constantino said in his speech.
During the relinquishment of office rites, he received the Medalya ng Pambihirang Paglilingkod (PNP Special Service Medal) for instituting programs and earning credits in firefighting and law enforcement.
He was designated as officer-in-charge of PRO 7 from Aug. 1, 2013 to last Feb. 26. He acted in full capacity as director from Feb. 27 to last May 7.
Senior Supt. Orlando Ualat, PRO 7’s deputy director for administration, will temporarily serve as OIC, while Constantino’s replacement has yet to be chosen.
Chief Supt. Prudencio Tom Bañas, head of PNP’s Human Rights Affairs Office, is being groomed as the new director.
Bañas was responsible for facilitating the surrender of model Deniece Cornejo, one of the suspects in the mauling of actor Vhong Navarro.
Senior Supt. Edward Carranza, PRO 7’s directorial staff chief, had mixed feelings about Constantino’s transfer.
“It’s saddening because we already got close. But it’s also exciting because he will be joining the ranks in Camp Crame. Under his leadership, he remains steadfast and focus,” Carranza said.
Constantino, in an interview, said he will not be given the same opportunity to serve as regional director, but he has no regrets.
“Everything that I have learned... I have applied it here,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 10, 2014.