Former PNP HRAO chief takes over PRO1 command

SAN FERNANDO CITY — Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu formally assumed as regional director of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) in a simple ceremony held at the PRO1 grandstand here on December 13.

Bucayu, a member of Philippine Military Academy “Dimalupig” Class of 1981, replaced Police Chief Supt. Orlando M. Mabutas who turned 56 on this date, the compulsory retirement age for police uniformed personnel.

Police Deputy Director General Perfecto P. Palad, the deputy chief for administration of the Philippine National Police (PNP), guest of honor and speaker, presided over the turn-over of command.

Bucayu spelled out his priority thrusts with the acronym PRO1: Professional competency, Rights-based policing, and Operational effectiveness.

“One (1) stands for my call for unity of purpose and unity of command,” he said.

“In keeping with the Chief, PNP’s Eight Foundation Initiatives (EFIs), we will take steps to retool and retrain our personnel to enhance their professional competencies.  But, let us start with a policy of strict observance of police operational procedures,” Bucayu said.

The new regional director stressed that “there is no real enforcement of laws and …no real security without respect for human rights even as he added that “ we must recorgnize that the duty ‘to serve and protect’ the people is about protecting their life, liberty and other rights under the law.”

“Respecting and protecting human rights is not a hindrance to police operations, but rather the essence of law enforcement,” Bucayu said.

“…I need your help.  We can only accomplish our mission if we continue to support and help each other.  I trust that we can sustain the gains PRO1 has made over the past few months.  Together, let us make PRO1 a more capable, effective, credible and rights-based police regional office,” he added.

Bucayu, was the head of the PNP’s Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO) before his designation as PRO1 regional director. He also served as provincial director of La Union police provincial office from 2006 to 2008, and as chief of the PRO1 directorial staff in 2008.#