Slow process of BCPO chief selection hit

BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan lamented the slow process in the selection of the Police City Director, impeding the installation of a permanent Police Chief.

Domogan said three out of the five names submitted by Cordillera Police Chief Director Elmo Francis Sarona have already signified the lack of interest in the position leaving the chief executive with incumbent acting city director Senior Superintendent Ramil Saculles and Senior Superintendent Peter Ngipol Nabuye.

Domogan has written Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno to seek three more names to be chosen from, in a bid to comply with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Law requiring five choices for the selection of police chief.

The mayor has criticized the PNP for the unceremonious relief of permanent BCPO police chiefs selected by the local Screening Committee without the lapse of their supposed two-year tour of duty, saying such actions of the PNP has greatly compromised the implementation of long-term peacekeeping initiatives to maintain peace and order in the city.

Last week, Domogan created a six-man Screening Committee to screen qualified applicants for the position of City Director of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO).

The Screening Committee is chaired by Domogan with City Prosecutor Elmer Manuel Sagsago, City Legal Officer Melchor Carlos Rabanes, DILG City Director Evelyn Trinidad, City Human Resource Management Officer Edith Dawaten and Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC) president Ramon Dacawi.

Domogan said the prospective city director must be willing to be stationed in the city for at least two years as well as present a feasible peace and order program.

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