THE Association of Government Information Officers Panay, Incorporated (Agiopi) elected on Friday its new set of officers, including a police officer, at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

Police Officer III Francisco Lindero, Jr. of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) Public Information Office was elected President of the board of trustees.

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Agiopi is a non-stock, non-profit organization composed of information officers of national government agencies and local government units in the Panay island. It is under the supervision of the Philippine Information Agency 6.

Other officers are: Juvy Gaton of the Department of Agriculture Field Unit 6 as Vice President, Angela Docdocil of Dumangas-LGU as Secretary, Susan Jovero of Pavia-LGU as Treasurer, Donna Marie Baldeviso of Civil Service Commission 6, Ramona Gonzaga (outgoing president) of Department of Agrarian Reform 6 and Rhodora Capulso of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 6.

Lindero said he will give priority on the enhancement of skills and competencies of his members and in gaining the support of the heads of agencies and local chief executives.

Pride of the PNP

Lindero’s election to Agiopi’s top post brings pride and honor not only to himself but also to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PRO6 director, Police Chief Superintendent Isagani Cuevas, said the election of Lindero manifested the trust and confidence of his fellow information officers to his competence and leadership potentials.

The top cop considered Lindero's feat as a proof of the PNP's thrust of developing leaders at all levels.

Outstanding track record

Lindero is a multi-faceted police officer. He manifested his leadership skills both inside and outside of the PNP.

He was adjudged as best police non-commissioned officer for administration in Western Visayas in 2008. He directs the PRO6 cable-television program, Talakayan Sa Isyung Pulis, aired live at CPU TV Channel (Sky Cable Channel 8) every Thursday afternoon.

He also sits as one of the Board of Directors of PRO6 Development Cooperative and the Federation of Iloilo City Cooperatives, the lowest ranking police officer to hold the position to date. He was only with the rank of Police Officer II when elected as member of the board in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008.

In 2008, he founded the Youth Empowerment for Service Club, a youth serving organization, which empowers young people to actively participate in community activities and fosters the spirit of volunteerism among the youth for a more progressive, peaceful and orderly community.

He is a member of the board of trustees of Borres Youth Leadership Institute, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides leadership development opportunities, especially to young people.

He was also a student leader and having been elected as President (2007) of the In Solidum Frasority, a student council of the University of Iloilo College of Law. He also held the position of vice president of the Association of Law Students of the Philippines Visayas Regional Board (2006). (POI Jeramae C. Rio)