Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Central Visayas welcomes new regional police chief

Cebu, Philippines (3 October) -- The Police Regional Office (PRO-7) in Central Visayas has a new regional director.

Chief Superintendent Ronald Roderos, the regional police deputy director for administration assumed office on Tuesday as the new PRO-7 chief. His appointment was signed by the new PNP director Avelino Razon immediately after the turnover ceremony at Camp Crame recently.

Roderos replaces Chief Supt. Silverio Alarcio., Jr who was appointed as chief of the PNP Directorate for Operations at Camp Crame.

The new PRO-7 director was obviously beaming with pride with the appointment as he told the local media that he was very happy and his relatives too. "It is the dream of a police general to have a post that is right for his rank," Roderos smiled.

Chief Supt. Silverio Alarcio turns over the PRO-7 command to Roderos in a ceremony today that will be attended by PNP Chief Avelino Razon, with "no arrival honors" per Razon's request saying that police officers are better seen on the streets than marching at ceremonies.

Alarcio visited Roderos yesterday and requested him to continue the rehabilitation of barangay Kampoot, Tuburan, a counter-insurgency project that he has initiated recently with the local government unit of Tuburan and the Association of Government Information Officers in the region (AGIO-7).

Roderos on his part said, he will continue all existing instructions, policies and directives that are still in effect. He also plans to revive the "Mamang Pulis" program that was initiated by PNP Chief Avelino Razon. "The concept is to bring back the glory of the police," Roderos said.

Roderos will meet with the local executives and visit police stations in the region but for now, it's his first day of work as PRO-7 Chief. He was presented with an arrested person who had standing warrants for robbery with violence and intimidation and attempted rape; approved the 45-day preventive suspension of Sr. Insp. Jose Liddawa and a press conference.

According to the police data, Roderos in 1992 served as UN peacekeeper in Cambodia. The PMA Alumni Assn gave him a UN peace medal and a cavalier award for his outstanding performance as a professional in police operations.

In 1999, he was awarded as the best senior field officer while he was provincial police office director of Zamboanga del Norte. Prior to his assignment in Cebu, Roderos was the district commander in Ormoc City and asst provincial director in Negros Occidental and he has also held various positions in various offices at Camp Crame.

It is public knowledge that Cebu governor Gwen Garcia endorsed Roderos' appointment while Cebu City Mayor Tomas OsmeƱa recommended Chief Supt. Ireneo Bacolod. (PIA-Cebu/MBCN)

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