By Leonardo V. Micua
CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO, Jan. 11 –Chief Supt. Ricardo Marquez on Thursday formally assumed office as new Police Region 1 Office (PRO 1) director, replacing Chief Supt Franklin Bucayu who was given a new assignment.
Marquez, formerly assigned at the Directorate for Operations in Camp Crame, was actually installed as the new PRO1 director last Tuesday, January 8 in a meeting at the national headquarters presided over by the PNP Chief, Police director general Alan Purisima.
In a speech during his assumption of office, Marquez said that even if police work is like a paradox of contradiction, the entire Region 1 police must even do extra-ordinary things out of the demands of public service.
He stressed that this is yet his most challenging assignment because he has to continue the good works of his predecessor.
“With the support from the community, we shall continue to make this place a safer place to live in, and to do business, especially that election period is only a couple of days at hand, just like what my predecessor Chief Supt Bucayu did.”, Marquez added.
The ceremonial turn over coincided with the awarding of plaque of appreciation to General Bucayu by the Association of Regional Executives (AREX), another certificate of appreciation from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC-1) and the “Pammadayaw Award” given by the leaders of Civil Service Commission, Philippine Ports Authority, and Public Information Agency.
The awards were given in recognition to the former regional director’s exemplary achievements and positive outputs during his two year stint as PRO1 director.
In his speech, Bucayu underscored the invaluable contributions of the men and women of PRO1, members of the directorial staff, other senior officers, police commissioned officers, police non-commissioned officers, non-uniformed personnel, including the civilians, the military, religious sectors and other private groups who in one way or another have helped him render the best that he could give to the welfare of Ilocandia Region.
After the turn-over rites, a command conference was held and presided over by Marquez.
He also ordered commanders of the Regional Special Operations Task Groups (RSOTGs), all police units and offices under his command to do their best to ensure a secure and fair election, by neutralizing partisan armed groups, account for loose firearms, arrest of most wanted persons, and criminal gangs.
“Our role is to serve and protect, and in this coming elections we need to maximize police visibility. We will also secure all voters to enable to elect their preferred candidates without fear, unforced and unthreatened.," Marquez said. (PNA)