By Aaron Recuenco
Maj. Gen. Dionardo Carlos, a former spokesperson of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was appointed to head the PNP’s Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR) in a minor revamp involving five senior officers of the organization. He assumed his new position in a turnover ceremony presided over by PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa on Wednesday.
Carlos, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1988, also served as the spokesperson of the PNP National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
He served as the director of Eastern Visayas regional police and head of the Directorate for Information and Communication Technology Management (DICTM) before he took the helm of the DPCR.
As DPCR head, Carlos will be in charge of formulating plans, programs and policies aimed at winning the support of the people for the PNP. The appointment came while the PNP is still reeling from the public uproar over allegations of double standard in the implementation of quarantine protocols.
Gamboa said the minor revamp was triggered by the retirement of Maj. Gen. Benigno Durana, the erstwhile DPCR head.
Maj. Gen. Joselito Vera Cruz was named as Carlos’ replacement at the DICTM, the unit which is in charge of the ICT modernization of the police organization.
Vera Cruz used to be the head of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Western Mindanao.
Replacing Vera Cruz is Brig. Gen. Alfred Corpus, former director of the Central Mindanao regional police.
On the other hand, Brig. Gen. Michael John Dubria, will replace Corpus as top cop of Central Mindanao.
The post that would be vacated by Dubria, acting chief of the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA), will be filled by Col. Sidney Villaflor.