Mayor sues for time in naming next BCPO chief

BAGUIO CITY  The local government requested the Cordillera office of the Police Regional Office (PRO-COR) to extend for another ten days the timeframe given in the naming of the next City Director of the Baguio City Police office (BCPO) after the end of the 2-year tour of duty of incumbent BCPO chief Senior Superintendent Ramil L. Saculles.

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan admitted that the PRO-COR forwarded to his office the shortlist of the qualified senior police commissioned officers from which he will select the next BCPO chief but because of the recent onslaught of Tropical Strom Ompong and the city’s hosting of the Batang Pinoy national championships, the screening process of the applicants was not conducted.

He explained that he will not handpick from the shortlist submitted to him by the PRO-COR but he will convene the screening committee composed of a number of department heads, some members of the local legislative body and representatives from the business, religious and media sectors who will screen the applicants based on a prescribed criteria.

“We will not return the shortlist but what we will request from the PNP leadership is to grant the local government another ten days extension to submit the recommended next BCPO City Director to allow us to undergo the screening process pursuant to what had been done in the selection of previous BCPO chiefs,” Domogan stressed.

He revealed that the applicants in the shortlist will be screened based on their availability, performance, programs to sustain the city’s peace and order situation and results of the interview that will be conducted by the members of the committee on a date that will be scheduled for the purpose.

Included in the shortlist that was transmitted to the local government by PRO-COR regional director Chief Superintendent Rolando Z. Nana are Ifugao Provincial Police Office officer-in-charge Senior Superintendent David K. Peredo, Senior Superintendent Agustin Juan Tello, Senior Superintendent Giovani C. Maines, PRO-COR regional intelligence chief Senior Superintendent Elmer Ragay and former BCPO City Director Senior superintendent George Daskeo.

Among the documents that should be submitted by the applicants to the local screening committee include their performance ratings for two successive semesters preceeding their being included in the shortlist and a presentation of their overall programs for the BCPO.

Domogan said that the recommendation of the local screening committee will be immediately forwarded to the PRO-COR for the issuance of the appropriate designation to the selected police officers the next BCPO chief.

He claimed that he will respect the shortlist submitted to him by the PNP because it is believed to have undergone the initial screening process of the Senior officers Placement Board (SOPB) which is the body in charge of screening the applicants for various positions in the PNP and the assignment of police officers in regions, provinces, cities and municipalities.

He urged the applicants to comply with the requirements being requested from them by the members of the local screening committee so that they will be properly rated and the one who will be getting the highest rating will be recommended for appointment as the next BCPO chief. By Dexter A. See

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