CAMP BGen Oscar M Florendo–Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus Bucayu formally assumed as his new post as regional director of the Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) on Dec. 13.
Bucayu, a member of Philippine Military Academy “Dimalupig” Class of 1981, succeeded PCSupt. Orlando Mabutas who turned 56, the compulsory retirement age for police uniformed personnel.
He spelled out his priorities using the acronym “PRO1” – “Professional Competency, Rights-Based Policing, Operational Effectiveness, and Efficiency and Unity of Purpose and Unity of Command”.
“In keeping with the Chief PNP’s Eight Foundation Initiatives (EFI’s), we will take steps to retool and retrain our personnel to enhance their professional competencies. But, let us start with a policy of strict observance of police operational procedures”, Bucayu said.
Bucayu, head of the PNP’s Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO) before his designation in the Ilocos Region, stressed that protection of human rights is among his priorities.
“Human rights protection is not a hindrance to police operations, but rather the essence of law enforcement,” he pointed out as he called on the region’s police force for support.
Bucayu’s other previous postings include serving as provincial director of La Union Police Provincial Office from 2006 to 2008, and as chief of the PRO1 directorial staff in 2008.—LM