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PIA Press Release
2007/09/24

PGMA names Razon new PNP Chief

ILIGAN CITY (24 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced here today the appointment of Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Chief for Administration, Chief Supt. Avelino Razon, as new PNP Chief to replace retiring Director General Oscar Calderon, effective Oct. 1.

The President made the announcement in her address at the Iligan Business Forum at the Maria Cristina Hotel in Barangay Poblacion, this city.

Razon, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 74, served as director of the former Western Police District Command (WPDC) now Manila Police District, Southern Police District Command, National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) and head of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) during the term of former President Fidel. V. Ramos.

Razon will take over the PNP Chief portfolio on the exact date Calderon goes on compulsory retirement.

In her speech in the business forum, the President congratulated Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz and its city councilors for the realization of the P8.9 million surveillance and security camera system project that would protect the civilian populace against the threat of lawlessness and terrorism.

Before her speech, the President inaugurated the multimillion-peso surveillance and security camera system project upon her arrival at the Iligan City National High School gym at around 2:30 p.m.

In that program, the President switched on the button for the official operation of the project, inspected the computer systems and took a look on the computer monitor showing the peace and order situation in all public markets, public plaza, shopping malls, churches, commercial/business establishments, among other areas where the 40 units of surveillance cameras were installed.

The new technology, she said, is really a big help for the PNP in protecting their communities.

"Congratulations for your new equipment to secure Iligan City. The camera security system will not only help the Iligan City Police, but also incoming PNP Chief Avelino Razon," the President said.

The President then inducted the 992 purok/zone presidents of the 42 barangays of the city and witnessed the pledge of loyalty and allegiance of some 2,000 civilian volunteer organizations (CVOs) to augment the ongoing campaign against crime and lawlessness. (PIA) [top]

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