Harvard-educated official named PNP’s ‘general manager’

Published January 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Aaron Recuenco

A Harvard University-educated police official has been chosen to be the number four man of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the latest reorganization triggered by the appointment of General Archie Gamboa as PNP chief.

NEW DIRECTORIAL STAFF CHIEF. PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa (center) appoints Maj. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne Binag as the new Chief of the Directorial Staff in a press briefing in Camp Crame on Thursday (Jan. 23, 2020). (PNA / MANILA BULLETIN)
NEW DIRECTORIAL STAFF CHIEF. PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa (center) appoints Maj. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne Binag as the new Chief of the Directorial Staff in a press briefing in Camp Crame on Thursday (Jan. 23, 2020). (PNA / MANILA BULLETIN)

Maj. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne Binag was named The Chief of the Directorial Staff (TCDS), replacing his mistah (military school batchmate), Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, who was earlier elevated to the position of Deputy Chief for Operations.

Binag and Eleazar are members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Hinirang Class of 1987.

Binag will serve in full-time capacity in addition to his other inherent and concurrent duties as TCDS. “Compared to a corporate structure… the TCDS is the general manager (of the PNP),” Gamboa said.

Before his appointment as TCDS, Binag was head of the Directorate for Information and Communication Technology Management (DICTM) where he initiated the SMART Policing Program which is the PNP’s six-year Digital Transformation Roadmap.

He also served as the director of the Western Visayas regional police.

Binag is a product of the public school system, having graduated from Pasig Central Elementary and Rizal High School before he entered the PMA.

In 1999, he obtained a Master in Development Management degree from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).

In 2011, he graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Administration and while there was also in the Edward S. Mason Program in Public Policy and Management.

His educational background earned him the respect of fellow police officials and it became instrumental in his appointment to various positions that focus on reform and transformation programs.

Binag is also the recipient of various scholarships on international studies on policing, peace and security, and national development from prestigious institutions and programs.

These include study grants at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, International Law Enforcement Academy and Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, in the United States; United Kingdom Police College and University of Leicester, United Kingdom; Political Warfare Bureau in Chinese Taipei; and National Police Agency of Japan.

He also underwent various operations-related courses such as skydiving and scuba-diving as a member of the police elite Special Action Force, the Urban Counter-Revolutionary Warfare Course, Strategic Intelligence Course, and Senior Crisis Management Course.

Binag is also the chairman of the Christian Officers Reform the Police Service (CORPS) Movement that promotes a God-centered, service-oriented and family-based PNP under the Bless Our Cops (BOC) and My Brothers’ Keeper (MBK) programs.

He also made history by swimming the treacherous Iloilo-Guimaras strait to raise awareness about the effects of climate change and to promote the tourism industry of Guimaras and Iloilo.

Other appointees

Binag will be replaced by Brig. Gen. Dionardo Carlos at the DICTM.

The post vacated by Carlos as director of the Highway Patrol Group was given to Brig. Gen. Eliseo Cruz, former deputy director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Col. Rhoderick Armamento, who used to be deputy regional director for Operations of Central Luzon regional police, will replace Cruz at the CIDG.

More revamps soon

Gamboa said more officials will be revamped in the coming days due to the retirement of some senior officials.

“I am expecting the Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board (SOPPB) to submit further recommendations for the series of projected reorganization of PNP officials to key positions in different levels of the organization in anticipation of the retirement of some senior officers in the coming months,” Gamboa said.

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