DESCRIBING them as his own “Dream Team,” Philippine National Police chief General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan yesterday presented to the public his Command Group and other key directorial staff whom he described as top-caliber officers known for their competence and good service reputation.
“My Command Group is a Dream Team. We have been working for so long and our relationship with each other is very good,” said the PNP chief as he was joined in his first press conference since assuming the top PNP post by new PNP Deputy Chief for Administration Lieutenant Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, new PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Lt. Gen. Cesar Hawthorne R. Binag and new PNP Chief Directorial Staff Major Gen. Joselito M. Vera Cruz.
All three are members of Philippine Military Academy ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 and are direct underclassmen of Gen. Cascolan who belongs to PMA ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986.
The three formally assumed their new positions and will be assisting Gen. Cascolan in perfrming command management functions in the 209,000-strong police force.
Lt. Gen. Eleazar will also stay as the Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander while Lt. Gen. Binag will command the Administrative Support for COVID Operations Task Force previously chaired by Gen. Cascolan.
“The movement as well as the latest round of reorganization of senior officers in key positions is consistent with my action program on placement, promotion and leadership development among the corps of leaders in the PNP. As we go along with the other items under my 9-point action program, particularly on facilities development and delineation of responsibilities, it will become necessary perhaps to create new positions, if not, elevate leaders to higher positions,” the PNP chief said.
“Now that the house is in order and the members are complete, we can now move on to the more important matter of implementing our administrative and operational action priorities,” he added.
Gen. Cascolan is expected to order another reorganization of some key PNP positions with the retirement of a number of senior officials this month and early next month.
Among them are new PNP Directors for Investigation and Detective Management; Human Resource and Doctrine Development and Research and Development and the PNP Civil Security Group.
PNP-DIDM head, Maj. Gen. Elmo Francis Sarona will retire this coming Thursday; Maj. Gen. Amador Corpus of the PNP-DHRDD will retire on October 3; PNP-DRD head Maj. Gen. Timoteo Pacleb will retire this coming September 23; while PNP-CSG director Maj. Gen. Roberto Fajardo will retire on September 18.
Sarona, Corpus and Pacleb are all classmates of Gen. Cascolan from PMA Class1986 while Fajardo is another member of PMA Class 1987.
Gen. Cascolan is also set to designate a new PRO13 director in Caraga region with the retirement this coming September 17 of its director, Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr. Esquivel is a member of PMA ‘Maringal’ Class of 1988.