MANILA, Philippines — Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar on Friday formally assumed the post as the 26th chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año led the change of command ceremony, on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte, in Camp Crame.
During the ceremony, retiring Police General Debold Sinas relinquished the command of the PNP to Eleazar.
Sinas will bow out of police service on May 8 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.
In his assumption speech, Eleazar vowed continuity of reform programs in the police force by implementing his 3-pronged intensified cleanliness policy (ICP).
Eleazar said his leadership of the PNP will anchor on this policy “encompassing physical cleanliness in police offices and camps, cleanliness and integrity among the ranks of police personnel and units, and cleanliness in the community on peace and order concerns.”
He explained that the Intensified Cleanliness Policy is based on the broken window theory, which basically means that small problems must be fixed immediately before they get worse.
“Our PCP or our Police Station is considered as the window to the soul of the Philippine National Police. It is where the lasting first impressions of the people are built. It is where the respect of community is established, and it is where the trust and confidence of the people are founded,” said Eleazar.
“Hindi sa Camp Crame, hindi sa Regional Police Headquarters at hindi sa Provincial Police Headquarters kung hindi sa Police Community Precincts at sa mga Police Stations pumupunta ang ating mga kababayan upang humingi ng tulong sa kapulisan. Kung sa bukana pa lang ng police station ay makikita na ang nagkalat na upos ng sigarilyo at basurang nagkalat, at kung sa bukana pa lang ay mapanghi na ang simoy ng hangin, mahihirapan tayong makuha ang respeto at tiwala ng ating mga kababayan na ating pinagsisilbihan,” he added.
He said the ICP will be institutionalized in all aspects, personnel and administrative management in the PNP beginning with a thorough cleansing and introduction of the QR Code System in the PNP recruitment process.
“Sa QR Code or Quick Response Code, walang pangalan, walang mukha, only theirqualifications would be the basis of their evaluation,” he said.
Under the ICP, he said, effective supervision ensures good leadership by example down to the lowest units.
“Even if we have qualified new PNP personnel with the proper training, kung ang madadatnan naman nitong mga bagitong pulis ay mga kasamahang bad influence na magtuturo sa kanila ng mga maling sistema ng pangongotong, pagiging tamad, abusado at gahaman sa pera, wala ring mangyayari,” he added.
The third prong of the ICP focuses on peace and order problems in the community with an Improved Complaint Referral and Monitoring System to address perennial concerns on Street Crime, Illegal Drugs, Communist Insurgency and Terrorism, Cybercrime, and COVID-19.
“I assure our kababayans that once you report your concerns, it is considered as a direct order from me as the Chief of the Philippine National Police to all police stations and units to respond and give immediate actions. Sumbong mo, aksyon ko,” he said.
Both Sinas and Eleazar belong to the PMA “Hinirang” Class of 1987.
Eleazar graduated Cum Laude as Top 4 in the order of merit of PMA Class 1987.
He then went on to hold key positions while serving as a field-grade officer. He served as chief of police of San Pedro, Laguna; provincial officer of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Batangas and Laguna; and chief investigator of the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (PACER).
He was also designated as the CIDG regional chief in Central Luzon and Central Visayas, where he “waged a relentless campaign against organized crime groups and other threat groups in these regions.”
He also held various administrative positions in the Directorate for Logistics and Directorate for Comptrollership and later led the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group and the PNP’s campaign against online sexual exploitation of children, and internet-based fraud and criminal activity.
In 2016, he took the helm of the Quezon City Police District where he launched anti-crime and anti-illegal drug operations that led to the arrest of notorious street criminals and neutralization of drug targets including rogue cops involved in crime.
He also served as PNP Regional Director for CALABARZON and Metro Manila and headed the Joint Task Force COVID Shield as the law enforcement and public safety arm of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).
Prior to his appointment as PNP chief, he also served as deputy chief for Administration and PNP’s second in command.
Eleazar will serve as PNP chief for about six months before he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on Nov. 13.