BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardia said one of the major issues he took up with the new commander of the Bacolod City Police Office is the security of call center agents here.
Senior Supt. Roderick Minong replaced Senior Supt. Jack Wanky as BCPO chief effective Oct 10, 2017.
Leonardia stressed that call center agents are considered crown jewels of the city.
He asked for heightened police visibility in the city to preempt robbery-hold-up incidents which, in most cases, victimize call center agents.
He underscored the importance of their security, especially those who work at night shift.
The mayor also asked Minong to prioritize peace and order during the remaining days of the MassKara festival, which is now on its second week.
He said everything has to be in order for the arrival of President Rodrigo Duterte who is confirmed to join the finale on Oct 22.
The new Bacolod top cop was also asked to stop illegal drugs and other crimes.
Minong, commander of the Regional Public Safety Battalion-6, will occupy the top police post in a concurrent position.
Meanwhile, Leonardia thanked Wanky for his dedicated service.
“He was a pro, except that circumstances did not seem to go his way and it resulted to something like this, which was I’m sure, was beyond his control,” Leonardia lamented.
Numerous robbery incidents in Bacolod had led netizens to say the city was unsafe during Wanky’s watch.
Leonardia pointed out that the decision to relieve Wanky was made after an evaluation by the PNP and a series of consultations.
Wanky, who headed the Bacolod police for about nine months, considered his stint as challenging.
“It is one with a learning experience that I can use in future assignments. We officers always come and go. We have no permanency of tenure, anytime we could be replaced and reassigned to other units,” he added.