Dela Rosa passes on PNP chief post to Albayalde
After 36 years in service, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa formally retired on Thursday, and passed on his position to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.
President Rodrigo Duterte led the turnover ceremony at the PNP grandstand in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Dela Rosa and Albayalde were “mistahs” in the Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986.
During the turnover ceremony, Duterte gave Dela Rosa two awards: Medalya ng Katapatan sa Panglilingkod and Philippine Legion of Honor.
Dela Rosa was supposed to retire on January 21, 2018 after reaching the mandatory age of retirement of 56 but was extended by Duterte for three months.
Dela Rosa has led the PNP for 21 months and is the PNP’s 21st chief. He was the executive officer of the Directorate for Personnel and Resource Management before Mr. Duterte promoted him to become the country’s top cop in 2016.
Dela Rosa’s next assignment would be to lead the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) as director. He is expected to curb the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the country’s jails as BuCor boss.
The outgoing police chief has previously reported that since the December 2017 re-launch of Project Double Barrel – the PNP’s anti-illegal drugs campaign – the police have conducted total of 12,032 operations nationwide, and arrested 19,086 and killed 207 drug suspects.
The top four performing regions, he noted, were the following: National Capital Region with 3,620 operations and 7,162 arrests; Calabarzon with 1,637 operations and 2,998 arrests; Central Luzon with 1,691 operations and 3,492 arrests; and Central Visayas with 1,420 operations and 2,180 arrests.
All police regional offices likewise “fared well” in their anti-drug efforts with 9,566 tokhang activities that yielded 8,081 surrenderers, according to Dela Rosa. /kga
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