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History of Police Regional Office 7

The Philippine Constabulary was organized by the Americans on 08 August 1901 and was made an instrument in the maintenance of peace and order in the country during their occupation. The organization was manned and controlled by the American Officers from the day of its birth up to 09 April 1942 when General Edward King Jr., the Commanding General of the American Forces in Southern Luzon, negotiated for their surrender to the Japanese Imperial Army. After the outbreak of World War II, the Armed Forces of the Philippines underwent re-organization, its planner still consider the Constabulary for the organization, however, to a smaller unit. Pursuant to Executive Order No. 51 issued by then President Sergio Osmeña Sr., the Military Police Command (MPC) was established and made an arm of the Philippine Army tasked to quell chaos and maintain peace and order.

As the Armed Forces of the Philippines grew and developed, the area of responsibility was divided into Military Zones. In 1946, the Military Area Commands were created, the III Military Area was stationed at Camp Lapulapu, Lahug, Cebu City. Meanwhile, the Military Police Command (MPC) functioned as the Provost Marshall for the III Military Area from 1946 to 1947.
In the early years of independence, the country experienced internal conflict. The Hukbong Bayan Laban sa Hapon (Hukbalahap), an armed group organized during the Japanese occupation, was disillusioned and planned to overthrow the constituted government. The Army was tasked to go after the dissidents while law enforcement was instructed to the local police. Concerned over the growing criminality in the country, the national leadership reactivated the Constabulary. On 05 April 1950, the Philippine Constabulary was turned into a major command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The Military Police Command (MPC) was abolished, although it became an independent organization of the AFP vested with administrative powers. The new organization was under the operational control of the Commanding General of the Armed Forces from 1950 to 1955 pursuant to Administrative Order No. 127 dated 28 July 1950.

The III Philippine Constabulary Zone was then established and stationed at Camp Lapulapu, Lahug, Cebu City located with the III Military Area, having separate offices and functions. The following were the pioneering commanders of the III Military Area.

Col Angel Oppus 1947 ~ 1950
Col Juan Causing 1950 ~ 1951
Col Antonio Sayson 1951 ~ 1952
Col Ramon Enriques 1952 ~ 1953
Col Cornello Bondad 1953 ~ 1954
Col Enrique Santiago 1954 ~ 1955

It was only on 08 August 1955 that the administrative and operational control of the organization was relegated to the Chief of Constabulary, pursuant to General Order No. 442, GHQ AFP, dated 11 August 1955. The III Military Area was then headed for the second time by BGen Cornello Bondad, and was assisted by the Deputy Area Commander for the Philippine Constabulary. During the period, the III PC Zone was still in Camp Lapulapu while the Cebu Philippine Constabulary Command was in Jones Avenue, Cebu City, where the Philippine National Police Regional Command 7 now stands. Out of sheer misfortune, the Cebu Philippine Constabulary Command Headquarters was burned down. Almost all the houses on the adjacent blocks were also razed. A new headquarters was inaugurated on 21 June 1956 where a two-storey building was built with a chapel and Post Exchange.

On 01 September 1958, a day to remember, the III Philippine Constabulary Zone Headquarters was transferred to Camp Sergio Osmeña Sr., Jones Avenue, Cebu City, occupying the second floor of the building. The following were the Zone Commanders during the period:

BGen Cornelio Bondad 11 Aug 55 ~ 05 Jun 58
BGen Marcos G Soliman 06 Jun 58 ~ 06 Jul 59
BGen Vicente V Luna 07 Jul 59 ~ 11 Jun 60
BGen Alfonso P Palencia 18 Jun 60 ~ 30 Sep 60
Col Bartolome D Maguad 01 Oct 60 ~ 01 Jun 65
BGen Ramon G Gevelson 01 Jun 65 ~ 06 Jan 66
BGen Vicente P Raval 07 Jan 66 ~ 28 May 68

Massive development of the command was noted during the incumbency of BGen Vicente Raval. The Post Chapel was renovated to accommodate more churchgoers; another chapel was erected at Babag Hills in commemoration of the World War II heroes; construction of officers’ apartment in Jones Avenue besides the Zone Headquarters, aside from the ten (10) Bachelor Officers Quarters for transient officers; construction of apartments that house 37 families for enlisted personnel; and an officers’ quarters at the Lahug Military Reservation. The general also approved and allowed the enlisted personnel to build houses at the reservation.
On 18 February 1968, for the second time, Camp Sergio Osmeña, Sr. burned to the ground, except for the Chapel and two (2) officers’ quarters. Again, General Raval facilitated its reconstruction but was unable to finish the project since he was appointed as the Chief of the Philippine Constabulary. The III PC Zone was left to the stewardship of the following officers:

BGen Alfredo Dayton 29 May 68 ~ 30 Aug 68
BGen Wilfredo C Estrada 01 Aug 68 ~ 31 May 69
BGen Benjamin F Reyes 01 Jun 69 ~ 31 Mar 70
Col Rafael F Dumlao 01 Apr 70 ~ 04 Jan 72

After the 1969 elections, public demonstrations and other forms of activism were encountered by the government. In the early months of 1972, leftist activities reached its peak, endangering national security. President Ferdinand E. Marcos then declared martial law on 21 September 1972. The tremendous task to restore order was given to the Philippine Constabulary. The following were the Zone Commanders during the period:

BGen Luis C Amor 05 Jan 72 ~ 27 Mar 76
BGen Mario S Espina 28 Mar 76 ~ 30 Apr 78
BGen Emilio M Narcise 01 May 78 ~ 30 Jun 81

Through the years, the manager of the organization improved as reorganization was effected with the changing demands of the Marcos' New Society. On 01 July 1978, the Regional Command concept was implemented. BGen Emilio Narcise became the first Regional Commander of the PC/INP Regional Command 7. He was succeeded by the following Constabulary officers:

Col Victorino T Azada 31 Jan 81 ~ 22 Mar 81
BGen Buenaventura Caseñas 23 Mar 81 ~ 30 Mar 82
Col Rafael V Jotie 01 Apr 82 ~ 07 Jun 82
BGen Alfredo S Olano 08 Jun 82 ~ 10 Jul 85
BGen Renato Z Ecarma 11 Jul 85 ~ 25 Feb 86
Col Jose P Santos Jr 26 Feb 86 ~ 31 Mar 86
BGen Edgardo M Abenina 01 Apr 86 ~ 28 Aug 87
BGen Mariano L Baccay Jr 19 Aug 87 ~ 15 Apr 89
BGen Benjamin Z Dizon 16 Apr 89 ~ 19 Nov 89
BGen Raul S Imperial 20 Nov 89 ~ 11 May 90

The 1986 People Power Revolution ended the Marcos regime in the country and a new order under President Corazon C. Aquino took hold of the reins of government. The laws of the land prevailed. The 1987 Constitution provided for the establishment of "a police force that is national in scope and civilian in character." On 13 December 1990, the President signed into law Republic Act No. 6975 creating the Philippine National Police. The PC/INP Regional Commands were abolished, and the Philippine National Police Regional Commands were established. The following officers headed the PNP Regional Command 7:

P/CSupt Triunfo P Agustin 12 May 90 ~ 17 May 92
P/CSupt Roger H Deinla 18 May 92 ~ 27 May 94
P/CSupt Warieto A Capitan 28 May 93 ~ 01 Oct 94
P/SSupt Patrick G Madayag 28 May 93 ~ 01 Oct 94
P/CSupt Jose S Andaya 17 Mar 95 ~ 16 Jun 96

On the last quarter of 1996, PNP Regional Command 7 changed its name to Police Regional Office 7. The corresponding designation of Regional Commander was also changed to Regional Director. The following officers headed the now Police Regional Office 7:

P/CSupt Ramsey L Ocampo 16 Jun 96 ~ 21 Aug 97
P/CSupt Danilo G Flores 21 Aug 97 ~ 17 Jan 00
P/CSupt Tiburcio N Fusilero 17 Jan 00 ~ 15 Mar 01
P/Dir Avelino I Razon Jr 15 Mar 01 ~ 29 Jul 02
P/SSupt Alejandro C Lapinid 29 Jul 02 ~ 20 Aug 02
P/SSupt Ernesto V Belen 20 Aug 02 ~ 20 Sep 02
P/CSupt Rolando C Garcia 20 Sep 02 ~ 22 Apr 03
P/Dir Robert C Delfin 22 Apr 03 ~ 03 Dec 03
P/Dir Rolando C Garcia 04 Dec 03 ~ 31 Dec 04
P/CSupt Eduardo H Gador 01 Jan 05 ~ 18 May 06
P/CSupt Silverio D Alarcio Jr 18 May 06 ~ 01 Oct 07
P/CSupt Ronald Dulay Roderos 01 Oct 07 ~ 16 Feb 09
P/CSupt Federico N Terte 16 Feb 09 ~ 30 May 09
P/CSupt Lani-O Ranquinio Nerez 30 May 09 ~ 13 Aug 10
P/CSupt Ager Poblador Ontog Jr 13 Aug 10 ~ 23 Sept 11
P/CSupt Marcelo Poyaon Garbo Jr 23 Sept 11 ~ 1 Jul 13
P/CSupt Generoso Ronabio Cerbo Jr 1 Jul 13 ~ 1 Aug 13

Since 1st of August 2013, Police Regional Office 7 is under the able leadership of PCSUPT DANILO SANTOS CONSTANTINO , of PMA Class 1982.

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