CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO- Police Chief Superintendent Gregorio R. Pimentel received the flag of responsibility as he assumed his post as the new Regional Director of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) on Thursday (July 19) afternoon during a simple turn-over ceremony held at the PRO1 Grandstand.

PCSupt. Pimentel, the then Deputy Regional Director for Administration of PRO13 and a native of San Quintin, Pangasinan replaced PCSupt. Ericson T. Velasquez who rendered almost one year service in this region.

The turn-over ceremony was officiated by PCSupt. Ramon C. Apolinario, the PNP’s Acting Chief of the Directorial Staff. The three generals were classmates at the Philippine Military Academy and members of the PMA “Sandiwa” Class of 1985.

In his assumption speech, PCSupt. Pimentel said that he will continue the good works of his predecessor and engage crime busting advocacies to make Region 1 a premiere region in Luzon. He also vowed to clean the ranks up to the lowest unit under his command.

 “I commit myself to sincerity and dedication to duty and we will unite and work hand-in-hand to attain our goal for better public service and we should never get tired of doing what is good,” PCSupt. Pimentel added.

 Meanwhile, PCSupt. Velasquez expressed his gratitude to the men and women of PRO1 especially the community for their support and cooperation during his term as he even encouraged them to commit the same to his predecessor.  “I am justifiably proud for what PRO1 had accomplished in almost a year. But, the glory is not mine to take. It is you, the men and women in PRO1, to whom the credit is due,” he said.

 PCSupt. Velasquez now designated as the Officer-in-Charge of the Directorate for Police Community Relations, a two-star rank position at National Headquarters in Camp Crame.

 After the turn-over rites, a command conference was held at the Concord Building presided over by PCSupt. Pimentel. ###

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