Another reshuffle among city and provincial police directors looming?

Published July 17, 2018, 4:36 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Martin Sadongdong

The continuous performance review of police personnel all over the country will likely trigger another movement within the ranks of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the weeks to come, the country’s top cop has hinted.

Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)
Philippine National Police Chief Director Oscar Albayalde (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde said the national oversight committee has yet to finish the deliberation on the performance of city and provincial police directors but they are keeping an eye on “some” officials.

“Pagdating sa PD [provincial director] and CD [city director] hindi pa tayo tapos doon. We are looking [at] a few [officials] sa ibang cities and provinces (When it comes to the [performance review] of the PD and CD, we are not yet finished. We are looking [at] a few [officials] in some cities and provinces),” Albayalde said.

He also noted that some police directors have already finished the mandatory two years tour of duty so they will have to be moved to another assignment. He previously said that keeping the police directors moving will help them in sustaining their efficiency and passion for service.

The PN P chief, however, did not provide further details on what city and provincial police offices they are keeping a track of because of the commander’s performance.

Meanwhile, Albayalde said he is satisfied with the performance of almost all regional directors (RDs) after a series of reshuffles in the previous months.

“As far as the national oversight committee is concerned, (I think all the RDs have reacted. They are all aligned sa sinasabi nating thrust ng PNP (in what we are saying the PNP’s thrust),” he stated.

“Kung hindi lahat, eh halos lahat they are performing well (If not all, I think most of them are performing well),” he added.

After assuming the top PNP post in April, Albayalde ordered for a monthly review of all the ground commanders including the regional, city and provincial directors down to the precinct commanders, to determine their efficiency.

On June 1, Albayalde announced a massive reshuffle that sent Police Director Guillermo Eleazar to the helm of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and Senior Supt. Benigno Durana to the top PNP-Public Information Office post. About 20 other directors were also included in the initial reshuffle.

Two weeks later, the new city directors of the Eastern Police District (EPD) and Northern Police District (NPD) had been installed by Albayalde at the NCRPO.

However, the PNP chief replaced new EPD Director Alfred Corpus after 11 days following a deliberation of the national oversight committee. Senior Supt. Bernabe Alba has since taken over Corpus’ vacated post.