By NITZ ARANCON,
JOHN PAUL BARSOPIA
and LITO RULONA
COL. Henry Dampal yesterday assumed as the new director of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo).
This was confirmed by outgoing Cocpo spokesman Lt. Col. Mardy Hortillosa although Dampal has not been formally installed at presstime.
“We are waiting for the official installation… if there is an order coming from the regional office,” Hortillosa said.
But even without the installation, Dampal president over a Cocpo command conference at the Maharlika headquarters at 1 pm yesterday.
Hortillosa said Dampal has also given orders for all police units under the Cocpo to mobilize and increase police visibility.
He said Dampal also ordered more foot and mobile patrols.
Meanwhile, Councilor Romeo Calizo called on Dampal to step up the local campaign against illegal drugs and illegal gambling activities, put in place preemptive measures against terrorist or rebel attacks.
Calizo said one of the things Cocpo should focus on is how to deal with children in conflict with the law.
“Officially, milingkod na gyud si Dampal. Nasugdan naman sa iyang predecessors dinhi sa dakbayan kini nga mga butang but it needs a new approach para mahimong complete,” said Calizo, chairman of the city council’s committee on police and public safety.
He also urged Dampal to review the programs implemented by his predecessors, identify weaknesses, correct and improve them.
“Kinahanglan nga mohaum na sa gikinahanglan sa dakbayan para mahiabw-an asa gyud ang strength sa Cocpo. Kinahanglan nga maka-adjust gyud siya para sab atong ma-supportahan,” he said.
It was learned that Dampal is only one of many senior police officials in the region who have been given new assignments by Camp Alagar.
Camp Alagar spokesman Lt. Col. Surki Sereñas, for instance, was tasked to leade the Valencia police in Bukidnon. He would be replaced as Camp Alagar spokesman by Lt. Col. Hortillosa.
Col. Robert Roy Batuan was also named as the new police director of Misamis Oriental and Lt. Col. Roel Lamiing would now head the Bukidnon police office.