Mayor Domogan to convene committee to select permanent police chief

BAGUIO CITY –- Re-elected Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday said he will convene the screening committee to finally decide on a permanent Baguio City Police Director position left vacant since 2012.

Domogan said the position has always been occupied by Police Senior Superintendents in an Officer-in-Charge (OIC) capacity which violates the Local Government Code in as far as the local Police Directors are concerned.

Domogan is waiting for another list of qualified senior police officers from the Police Regional Office – Cordillera Regional Office (PRO-Cor) before convening the committee.

“We had been demanding for the shortlist to be given to us pursuant to the existing rules and regulations but it took them more than two years,” Domogan said.

The screening committee is chaired by the mayor with the City Administrator; Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Baguio Field Office Director; City Human Resource Management Officer; Liga ng mga Barangay president; a City Prosecutor and the president of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club, Inc. (BCBC).

Domogan said the committee will consider the capabilities and plans of the recommended officer specifically, the officer’s peace and order approach strategies aimed at making the city a peaceful place to study, work, live and do business.

Under the law, local chief executives are given a 5-day grace period to select from the five nominees on who will be given a permanent appointment as the next chief of police.

Domogan explained that police officials who will be assigned as officers-in-charge of police stations should only serve for a maximum period of 30 days while the shortlist from the PNP headquarters will be transmitted to the local chief executives for the selection of their chiefs of police.

Domogan said he does not want to exercise his sole discretion of selecting the next chief of police, instead, he wants to involve concerned stakeholders so that the most qualified BCPO chief will be selected and who will serve the city for the next two years. PNA/