KORONADAL CITY — The South Cotabato police assigned a new police chief for this city on Wednesday as it continues to beef up local police stations in line with the prevailing martial law in Mindanao.
Sr. Supt. Franklin Alvero, South Cotabato police director, said he designated Supt. Roland Allan Peñaverde as the new acting chief of the Koronadal City police station effective Wednesday, May 31.
Peñaverde replaced Supt. Joedy Lito Guisinga, who was designated by the Police Regional Office-12 as deputy provincial director for operations of the South Cotabato Provincial Police Office, he said.
Guisinga headed the Koronadal City police station for more than two months, replacing former city police chief, Supt. Barney Condes.
“This is part of a routine reshuffle to improve the operations of our police stations, especially now that we’re under martial law,” Alvero said.
Prior to his reassignment to the Koronadal City police station, Peñaverde served as the deputy director for administration of the General Santos City Police Office.
His previous assignments include heading various police stations in General Santos City, Regional Public Safety Battalion in North Cotabato and the Cotabato City Police Provincial Public Safety Company.
In an interview, Peñaverde said he will mainly focus on addressing the rising cases of crimes against property, especially carnapping and robbery, in the city.
He also vowed to intensify the campaign against illegal drugs through anti-drug operations and other related activities.
“But we can’t accomplish these without the support of our community stakeholders. So we will also focus on building that through some engagements,” he said.
He added that there will be no reshuffling of key officers and personnel of the Koronadal City police station as long as they remain effective in the accomplishment of their duties and responsibilities. AVE/AMS/PNA