THE Bohol Police Provincial Office (BPPO) has a new director.
Police Regional Office Central Visayas (PRO 7) Director Brigadier General Roderick Augustus Alba appointed Colonel Lorenzo Alfeche Batuan to replace Colonel Osmundo Salibo on October 21, 2022.
Salibo will be assigned to the PRO 7 headquarters until he retires on November 27.
Batuan’s assumption of office took place at the conference room of the PRO 7 headquarters in Cebu City on Friday, October 28.
Alba is confident that Batuan will know what to do to address the problems in Bohol since he is a native of the province.
“It is to his advantage because he is from that place. He was once assigned there for a long time and he knows the place already,” Alba said in a mix of Tagalog and English.
Batuan, for his part, was grateful for his new position and thanked Bohol Governor Aris Aumentado for personally choosing him for the job.
He said he aims to reduce crime in Bohol by deploying uniformed personnel on the streets. They will serve as a deterrent against illegal drugs and illegal gambling, among others, he said.
“Since the governor chose me, he is expecting that I will sustain the campaign against illegal drugs and illegal gambling. Of course, I will do my best to lower street crimes. That’s why my plan, aside from the usual campaign plans against illegal drugs, gambling, wanted persons and loose firearms, is to increase police visibility,” Batuan said in a mix of Bisaya and English.
He said he wants all municipal police stations to conduct regular checkpoints and beat patrol operations. He will also inspect the organizational structure of the BPPO to familiarize himself with what is going on.
He said he has noticed that there are sections of the provincial command that are overmanned. So he intends to deploy some of them on the streets, he said.
“I will let the staff officers present the organizational structure. I want to know the workload, score card and what everyone is doing in the office. If that cannot be justified, then we will have to transfer them,” he said in a mix of Bisaya and English.
Meanwhile, Batuan said the BPPO is ready to secure cemeteries in the province for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days on Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 2.
Batuan, a member of the Philippine National Police Academy Magilas Class of 2000, was deputy director for administration of the Cebu City Police Office before his appointment as BPPO director.
In 2016, he was deputy director for administration of the BPPO.