CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Brig. General Matthew Baccay assumed on Monday as the new director of the Police Regional Office 3 (Central Luzon), replacing Brig. General Valeriano de Leon.
The change of command ceremony was held at the PRO-3 Grandstand, Camp Olivas here, with Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, as the presiding officer.
Baccay, who belongs to Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class ’92 Tanglaw-Diwa, was the district director of the Eastern Police District prior to his new assignment.
Baccay, who was previously assigned at PRO-3 as the chief of the Comptrollership Division and chief of Regional Intelligence Division, was welcomed with arrival honors rendered by PRO-3 personnel.
Baccay thanked the PNP chief for the trust and confidence that has been given to him.
“Ang maitalaga bilang regional director ay mapanghamon sa akin dahil sa dalawang dahilan, una ang PRO3 ay itinanghal na best regional police office at ikalawa dahil si Brig. General Val De Leon ay isa sa mga hinahangaan kong senior officers at karangalan ko na sumunod sa kanyang yapak (Being designated as regional director is a challenge for me because of two reasons. First, the PRO-3 was recognized as best regional police office and second, because Brig. General Val De Leon is one of the senior officers I admired and it is my honor to follow his steps),” he said in his message during a live stream event.
Baccay urged the police force in the region not to have let up in their mandated tasks.
“Malapit na ang kapaskuhan at siguradong tataas na naman ang ating crimes against properties kasabay din ang paghahanda sa ating nalalapit na national at local elections, we should all be prepared (Christmas is near and it is certain that crimes against properties will increase. In simultaneous with incoming national and local elections, we should all be prepared),” he added.
Baccay also assured the PNP chief that PRO-3 will strictly adhere to and comply with the intensified cleanliness policy.
“Ang mabuti kong gawa gagantimpalaan at ang masama parurusahan (My good deed will be rewarded and the bad will be punished). This will be my marching order in my tenure here in PRO-3,” he added.
Meanwhile, de Leon will be assigned as the director of the Philippine National Police-Civil Security Group following the compulsory retirement of Major General Ferdinand Daway. (PNA)