Mayor eyes movement at CCPO-A A +A
Friday, May 16, 2014
FOLLOWING the transfer of some police station chiefs by Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Noli Romana, Mayor Michael Rama recommended the movement of four police officials.
Before leaving for the United States, Rama called for a command conference last Thursday with Romana and other high-ranking CCPO police officials.
During the conference, the mayor recommended the appointment of Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu, current Waterfront Police Station chief, as head of Station 2 (formerly Fuente Police Station).
Rama wants Tiu replaced by Senior Insp. Wayne Magbanua, City Intelligence Branch deputy chief.
The mayor also wants Senior Insp. Allan Rosario, who was earlier transferred by Romana to Station 2, to return to the Guadalupe Police Station as its chief.
Rosario will replace Chief Insp. David Señor who will be transferred to the CCPO headquarters.
Former Mabolo Police Station Chief Ryan Devaras, who was transferred by Romana to Parian Police Station, can keep his new post.
Romana yesterday said in a phone interview that the movement of officials as ordered by the mayor will be implemented.
But Tiu said there is no order yet based on the mayor’s recommendation.
“The movement was a suggestion of Mayor Rama to our city director but it will still be up to Romana on when he will implement it,” Tiu told Sun.Star Cebu.
The movement of police officials—the one implemented by Romana and that ordered by Rama—came after a report that crime incidence in Cebu City increased in the first quarter this year compared to last year, while the CCPO’s efficiency in solving crimes decreased.
Rama earlier warned the CCPO to improve its efficiency both in solving and preventing crimes.
Romana ordered a review of the crime statistics and announced that some crimes that occurred last year were left out in the report to make it appear that fewer crimes happened last year.
Rama told the CCPO officials that they should ask City Hall for help in terms of providing vehicles and equipment during operations.
The mayor also said he will increase the monthly allowance of police officials who have been recently promoted.
Romana, on the other hand, said that Rosario will return to the Guadalupe Police Station on Monday.
“He (Rosario) needed to finish some projects that is why we sent him back to Guadalupe,” Romana said in a text message.
He said Magbanua was chosen to lead the Waterfront Police to give him a chance to head a station.
“Magbanua is a promising police officer. We will give him a chance. Maybe he is effective in leading a police station,” said Romana.
He said Tiu was effective at the Waterfront Police Station.
“The area of Fuente Police Station (Station 2) is a tough one. We need someone like him (Tiu). Let's see how he will handle it,” Romana said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 17, 2014.