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PIA Press Release
2005/03/22

New PNP chief for Davao Oriental

by RG Alama

MATI, Davao Oriental (22 March) -- Outgoing Davao Oriental Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Catalino Cuy has urged his successor, incoming Provincial Director Police S/Supt. Bienvenido Latag, to continue the improvements he began during his three year tenure as Davao Oriental Police Chief.

S/Superintendents Cuy and Latag were members of Batch 81 of the Philippine Military Academy. Both were roommates and bunkmates during their cadetship days in Fort del Pilar in Baguio. Latag, prior to his new assignment, was stationed in Camarines Norte.

"Ang advice ko lang is to continue improvements particularly in the Provincial Headquarters facilities. Like improving the officers quarters by building more beds and also the construction of a firing range," Senior Superintendent Cuy said.

Cuy, during his three-year stay, improved the once-rickety provincial headquarters guardhouse, built the transient officers quarters and air-conditioned conference hall, and landscaped the once-shabby parade grounds.

Cuy also put up vital defensive structures for police stations in the province.

Cuy assured his 'mistah' that Davao Oriental is a peaceful province. Citing recent statistics that show Davao Oriental having a crime incident rate of 5-6 per 1000 persons compared to the national rate of 15 per 1000. " It will be the same concerns for the new provincial chief, nothing changed," Cuy said.

The outgoing Provincial Police Director said the threats posed by the New People's Army units operating in the hinterlands in the Province are still a major concern. But he said the solution is neither a military or police action but rather the eradication of poverty which he said is the biggest factory of NPA recruits.

Latag said he would do his best to serve the province well, speaking a few words to the media since he's still new to the place. The new provincial commander has been working overtime in meeting with various police station commanders and officers under his provincial command, military counterparts and local government officials aside from visiting various localities under his new area of responsibility.

Cuy is reported to be named as the new police director of the Davao City Police Office replacing Senior Superintendent Conrado Laza. (PIA) [top]

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