New PRO1 chief marching orders: Intensified war on drugs

SAN FERNANDO CITY– Corruption and intensified war on drugs and anti-criminality  are the top priorities of the newly installed regional director of the Police Regional Office 1.

Newly-installed Regional Director Chief Supt. Gregorio R. Pimentel told media upon assumption of office recently that he has his marching orders from the high headquarters that his integral campaign and anti-criminality are the top priority.

Pimentel said he still does not know how to go about the issue on corruption but his top priority will be an intensified war on drugs because it’s the number one desire, to get rid of drugs in the community.

Pimentel, a native of San Quintin, Pangasinan and the former deputy regional director for administration of PRO13, said he dreamt of serving PNP in Luzon while he was serving for PNP in Mindanao for 32 years.

“While spending too long lonely years in Mindanao, I promised to myself that by the time I will be assigned here in Luzon, I have  already attained the rank of one-star general and this is it,” Pimentel said.

To know the pressing problems on the ground, Pimentel said he will call for a command conference with all four provincial directors and senior officers.

He also vowed to continue the good works of his predecessor, Chief Supt. Ericson T. Velasquez who led PRO1 for less than a year. He said  that he will engage crime busting advocacies to make region one a premiere region in Luzon. He is also set to make PRO1 cops ‘clean’ from the top to the lowest unit.

In his message, outgoing PRO1 head Velasquez said that he cannot speak of his legacy but cited that all that he has done under his leadership was in accordance with the rules and the mandate of the office.

“I see no extra ordinary accomplishment, except of course to set the high morale standard and the morale fiber of the people because we believe we need to have the best people to serve. This is the main ingredient of a successful mission here in the police organization,” said Velasquez.

Velasquez is now designated as the Officer-in-Charge of the Directorate for Police Community Relations, a two-star rank position at National Headquarters in Camp Crame.

The simple turn-over of command was held recently  at Camp Brigadier General Oscar M. Florendo grandstand here officiated by Chief Supt. Ramon C. Apolinario, the PNP’s Acting Chief of the Directorial Staff.

All three generals were classmates at the Philippine Military Academy and members of the PMA “Sandiwa” Class of 1985.#