MANILA, Feb. 24 – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced on Wednesday the appointment of Chief Supt. Rolando M. Bandilla Jr. as the new director of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
DILG Undersecretary Marius Corpus said Bandillas appointment was signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last February 1.
Bandilla succeeded BFP Director Enrique C. Linsangan who retired last November 15, 2008. He was recommended by the DILG Public Safety Selection and Promotion Board (PSSPB) in Resolution No. 2008-17 dated September 24, 2008 as the next director of the BFP.
Bandilla is a member of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Tagapagtanggol Class of 1986. He was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent on January 11, 2005 by President Arroyo.
Earlier, the Chief Executive also conferred on him the rank of Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) IV on December 14, 2001.
Bandilla has been an officer in the BFP service for the last 24 years. He is a registered civil engineer and the most senior of all the officers currently holding Chief Superintendent rank in the BFP hierarchy and the only officer who has a CESO IV rank.
He is a recipient of medals and numerous awards and commendations from various sectors, including the prestigious LAKAN award, the highest award given to outstanding alumnus by the PNPA Alumni Association Inc. and the Presidential Award from the Safety Organization of the Philippines Inc. (SOPI) for his outstanding contribution in the field of public safety.
He is a native of Lucena City, Quezon province and married to the former Nilda Dimaculangan from San Juan, Batangas. (PNA) scs/JCA