MANILA, Philippines – After months of policing Southern Mindanao and keeping insurgents at bay, Chief Supt. Lino Calingasan will now take on street crooks and urban criminals in eastern Metro Manila as he takes command of the Eastern Police District. Calingasan formally assumed his new post in a turnover ceremony yesterday, taking over from Chief Supt. Leon Nilo dela Cruz, who has been appointed Central Luzon regional police director. “It will be a change of scenery, but not so much,” Calingasan said in an interview, noting that his stint as the deputy director for administration of the Police Regional Office in Southern Mindanao lasted only 10 months.The EPD covers the cities of Marikina, Mandaluyong, Pasig and San Juan. Before his EPD stint, Calingasan said he had been assigned to the Davao region, an area with a high concentration of rebels and insurgents. He said he welcomed the opportunity to fight a different type of crime in Metro Manila.
As EPD director, he said he would prioritize programs to combat street crimes and organized crime syndicates. In his speech, outgoing National Capital Region Police Office Director Jefferson Soriano told Calingasan that although the district had drastically improved its crime solution efficiency, the stigma of the Pasig shabu “tiangge” (flea market) still haunts the police force.
The new chief of the Eastern police district would most probably do a good job since he used to be assigned in Mindanao and we all know that the rebels there are more aggressive and there are more crimes committed in Mindanao than here in metro manila. I think that our police departments need an improvement because the last time I was there to report a hit and run, the police officers didn't seem to care that much. A change in leadership may be what they need to gain more perspective and passion for their jobs. I Calingasan's plans for his term which is to have programs that develop combat training for policemen. This strategy might be effective in promoting safety in our environment.