By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City (File photo)

MANILA – Six ranking police officials have been included in the latest reorganization of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

In a July 1 order that took effect Tuesday, PNP chief Gen. Rommel Francisco Marbil designated Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR) chief Maj. Gen. Bernard Banac as the new head of the Area Police Command (APC) – Western Mindanao, replacing Lt. Gen. Jonnel Estomo.

Banac’s reassignment will result in his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General.

Banac formerly headed the PNP Public Information Office, the Police Regional Office 8 (Eastern Visayas), the Directorate for Plans, the Directorate for Information and Communications Technology Management (DICTM), and the Special Action Force.

Meanwhile, Estomo was reassigned to head APC-Southern Luzon.

APC-Northern Luzon chief Maj. Gen. Mafelino Bazar was reassigned to head the DICTM while Brig. Gen. Erich Tan Royales of the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit, Directorate for Personnel and Records Management was named the new head of the Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development (DHRDD).

Meanwhile, DHRDD chief Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba replaced Banac as DPCR chief while Brig. Gen. Neri Vincent Ignacio from the Directorate for Logistics was designated as the new chief of the Directorate for Comptrollership.

This is the eighth revamp of police officials since Marbil took over as PNP chief on April 1.

Marbil earlier said the reshuffle is necessary to “preposition” officials who are fit for their next assignments. (PNA)