Capitol Hosts Seminar on Mayor’s Control Over PNP

To parallel Cebu’s future growth, the provincial government hosted a seminar for mayors with the National Police Commission (Napolcom) on August 11 at the Capitol.

The chiefs of police in the respective towns and cities were also present in the seminar.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III said with Cebu’s economic growth and increasing population they need to” maintain and uphold a high standard” of public service.
The seminar was the first of its kind in a decade, according to Napolcom 7 acting Regional Director Atty. Homer Mariano Cabaral.
He said it was every important for the mayors since they are the extension of Napolcom. The commission exercises administrative power and operational supervision of the PNP.
He said the mayors also exercise disciplinary power and operational supervision and control as deputized representative by the Napolcom.

Dumanjug town Mayor Nelson Garcia raised the issue on the frequent changes of policemen in his town. Garcia brought the issue to Napolcom.
Garcia’s concern was one the topics discussed by Napolcom in the seminar.

The local chief executives were briefed on the Mayor’s disciplinary power and operational supervision and control over the police forces.
Among the powers of the mayors is the authority to choose chief of police and recommend the appointment of new Philippine National Police (PNP) members to be assigned in their respective towns and cities.

Atty. Maximo T. Lasaca, provincial officer of Napolcom 7 told Garcia to write a letter to their regional director so that they can start their inquiry on his complaint.

He said there should be a procedure to be followed and “there appears to be non-compliance thereof.”

He added that “It will now be the Napolcom to look into this matter.”

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