LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Police Chief Superintendent Elmo Francisco Oco Sarona assumed as the first chief of the Police Regional Office – Cordillera under the Duterte Administration.
The new Acting Regional Director was welcomed with the traditional arrival honors led PRO-COR OIC Police Chief Superintendent Robert Quenery at the Camp Bado Dangwa here followed by the official assumption ceremonies on July 4.
Sarona, a member of Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986, was the chief of the police Firearms and Explosives Office prior to his assignment in the Cordillera.
In his message, Sarona reiterated the three important virtues that he wants to engrave in the character of every personnel of PRO-COR – to embark on Discipline, Deep Sense of Commitment and Teamwork which are indispensable factors to ensure the attainment and success in achieving the organization’s goal.
“Neither I nor you can do this mandate alone, but if we will work together and work as a team, there is nothing impossible for us to accomplish. Let us manifest Discipline, have a deep sense of Commitment and work as a solid Team in this PRO,” he said.
Sarona also stressed in an interview that the Cordillera police should give priority to solve the problem on illegal drugs, corruption and criminality which is the priority of the President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP Chief, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa.
“As the newly assigned Regional Director of the PRO-Cor, I have directed the PNP force of the Cordillera to intensify their campaign against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality, in line with the focus of the new administration,” Sarona said.
He also challenged the Cordillera police officers and personnel to leave the police service if they cannot perform their duties. “I challenge all the officers assigned in the region as early as now to resign if they cannot perform their job well or measure up of what is expected of us.”
Sarona said that series of activities have been conducted and initiated in the region such as drug operations including internal cleansing in order to have the moral ascendancy to carry out the mandate in implementing the anti-illegal drug campaign of the new administration.
The new police chief visited the province of Abra on Wednesday to look into the peace and order situation of the province. He also led the conduct of drug test on all the police officers in the province. /JDP/RMC- PIA CAR