LAPU-LAPU City now has a new police chief.
Police Col. Arnel Banzon, who formerly served as director of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office, will assume the post held by Police Col. Clarito Baja, who also retired on the same day.
Baja turned over his post to Banzon during his retirement honors at the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7) headquarters in Camp Sergio Osmeña on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
Banzon is a graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) class of 1996.
In his speech, Baja thanked the Lapu-Lapu City government and its people for their cooperation in his campaign against illegal drugs and criminality during his stint as city police director.
Their most recent operation resulted in the confiscation of around P150 million worth of suspected shabu.
“These were all because of the collective efforts and hard work of all the people comprising team LCPO,” Baja said.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan also thanked Baja for his service and dedication to fighting crime in his city.
Chan said since Baja assumed as city police director, crime volume was reduced at a significant rate.
Chan said due to his dedication, he has invited Baja to work for him as one of his consultants at City Hall.
“We look forward to working with you soon if you accept our offer to be our city consultant,” Chan added.
Police Brigadier Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, PRO 7 director, challenged Banzon to continue what Baja had started.
He instructed Banzon to not only focus on the illegal drug campaign but also to continue monitoring quarantine violators and ensure that Covid-19 cases would not increase.
“You will now take the helm as its new leader so don’t neglect the city. Like your predecessor, you are likewise capable of taking on the challenge of this new assignment,” Ferro said.
Banzon said he considers it a challenge to be appointed as police director of one of Cebu’s major cities because Lapu-Lapu City is the tourism gateway of Central Visayas.
Banzon assured that he will do what he can to ensure that Lapu-Lapu City remains peaceful.
He also thanked Chan for his assurance to continue supporting the city’s police force. (AYB / JKV)