THE 18th City Council on its regular session this week presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy adopted a resolution requesting the Philippine National Police Regional Office No. 10 to provide City Mayor Oscar Moreno with a short list of qualified PNP Officers for the City Police Director position. This is in view of the accident of Col. Nelson Aganon, City Police Director of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo).
Councilor Romeo Calizo, chair of City Council committee on police, fire and public safety said the city police director was involved in a motorcycle training accident on May 22.
According to his attending physician, Col. Aganon is still in a state of induced comatose and is expected to be unconscious for the next two weeks, Calizo cited.
“Even if he will recover, we expect more medications shall be appropriately given to him. Therefore he can hardly go back to his post as the designated City Director of Cocpo,” Calizo said.
By virtue of the PNP Rule of Succession, the second in command, Col. Renante Reyes, being the deputy director for administration, is now the Officer-in-Charge, the councilor added.
Citing the limitations of the power of the officer-in-charge, which is only up to signing communications on routine and administrative mode, the councilor stressed the need to appoint or designate a new city director.
“He cannot do critical decision-making especially on operational and intelligence matters because these are critical decisions that should be done by either a designated acting or officially designated city director,” the councilor pointed out.
Calizo acknowledged Col. Aganon’s command leadership and management not only in reducing the crime rate of about 50 percent in the city and the region, but also his active participation in the city’s anti-illegal drug campaign as well as in other fields of security and police functions.
Calizo stressed the urgent need for the short list so that the city mayor, thru the recommendation of the City Council, can select the best qualified police officer who can replace Col. Aganon.
“Because there are lots of issues and concerns that we need to immediately work on and take appropriate action,” the councilor emphasized. (sp)