CEBU CITY— Newly-installed Director of the Police Regional Office for Central Visayas (PRO-7) Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo has vowed to hit the ground running when he formally assumed his post on Tuesday in a turnover of ceremony that was presided over by Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, Deputy Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief for Administration at Camp Sergio Osmena Sr. here.
Montejo replaced Police Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, who is set to be promoted to a two-star general after he was tasked to lead the Directorate for Information and Communication Technology Management (DICTM) at Camp Crame.
As the new PRO 7 director, Montejo said he will buckle down to work right away since there is no need for him to familiarize himself with Central Visayas.
“I was assigned to Region 7 in the past so when it comes to familiarization, it will not be a problem. I don’t have to go through the stage of familiarization. It will be work right away for me,” said Montejo.
A member of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Tagapagbuklod Class of 1989, Montejo was the chief of the Quezon City Police District prior to his assignment to PRO 7.
Montejo was born in Talisay City, southern Cebu but his family relocated to Malaybalay City, Bukidnon when he was nine years old.
He returned to Cebu and studied civil engineering at the University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu City.
After graduating from the PNPA, Montejo was assigned to San Francisco town in Camotes Island, Cebu. He was also assigned to the towns of Catmon and Sogod in northern Cebu.
Montejo also served as commanding officer of the Cebu Provincial Mobile Force Company. He was also Regional Engineer of PRO 7.
He said he will strictly implement the PNP’s “no take” policy.
“No one should accept money that came from illegal drugs, illegal gambling, and other illegal activities,” Montejo said.
He also vowed to strictly implement the ban on playing golf during weekdays.
Montejo added that under his leadership, the PRO 7 will be strengthening police visibility by sending 85 percent of the personnel into the field.
“We will focus more on crime prevention. We will review the functions of the offices. If there are tasks that can be completed by 15 percent of the personnel, then the 85 percent should be on the field. This is to prevent crimes and to give quick response if there are emergencies,” he said.