BONTOC, Mountain Province – Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr. last week endorsed OIC-Provincial Police Director Tello Colte Ngis-o to assume the position of Provincial PNP Director of the province.
Police Senior Superintendent Ngis-o is one of the three qualified nominees forwarded by PRO-COR PNP Director Elmo Francis Sarona to the governor from which he could make a choice.
In his endorsement letter, the governor cited the exemplary accomplishments of Ngis-o who assumed the position late last year as the officer-in-charge. Specifically, the governor mentioned the efforts of Ngis-o in clearing all the barangays of the province of illegal drugs. Last February 14, all barangays in the province were declared drug cleared. A fitting ceremony attended by regional directors of the DILG, PNP, NAPOLCOM, and PDEA was held on that date when all mayors and the governor read resolutions rallying the people to support anti-illegal drug campaigns in the province.
The letter likewise made mention of Ngis-o’s cooperation in all peace and order-related programs in his short stint in the province and giving him the chance to serve for a longer period of time would result in more positive outcome. “We believe there will be continuity in all the peace and order programs should he be given the chance,” the letter reads.
In an interview, the governor also said that an additional point for his choice is Ngis-o’s being a native of the province. “Being a son of the province is indeed an additional consideration. He knows the complexities of the culture of our people. This will mean a greater degree of cooperation from the populace which is needed in coming out with a more realistic approach in curbing criminality,” the governor explained.
Aside from Ngis-o, the other two nominees are Police Senior Superintendents John Colinio and Nino David Rabaya.
Although born in the mining community in Acoje, Zambales, Ngis-o’s parents are from Besao. He finished his secondary education at the Anglican Church-managed Easter School in Baguio City then moved to the University of Baguio where he earned a degree in Criminology in 1989. That same year, he hurdled the entrance examinations for the Philippine National Police Academy and graduated two years later.
Upon graduation from the police academy, Ngis-o joined the Special Action Force (SAF) as a team leader and later on as a SAF training officer and company commander. He then assumed various responsibilities in the police force including assignments with the UN peace-keeping force in East Timor. He rejoined the SAF in 2011 where he headed the Community Relations Division then as chief of the Logistics Management Division until last year.
By Angel B. Baybay