MAGUINDANAO — A new director for the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR) shall assume within the week, key sources said Monday.
Police Brig. Gen. Eden Ugale shall replace Brig Gen. Samuel Rodriguez, who got to the helm of PRO-BAR last year.
Documents obtained Monday from the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame in Quezon City indicated that Ugale shall start functioning as new director of PRO-BAR effective April 5.
The PRO-BAR covers the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Norte, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Marawi, Lamitan and Cotabato.
Ugale is no stranger to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
He briefly served, while still a colonel, as assistant director for PRO-BAR until his assignment to Camp Crame.
In an initial statement Monday, Ugale said he will focus on the government’s peace program.
Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, BARMM’s local government minister, vowed to support the new director.
His office will support the director just the way it did for Rodriguez, he said
“We welcome Brig. Gen. Ugale to BARMM,” said Sinarimbo, chairperson of PRO-BAR’s Regional Advisory Council.
The council, composed of representatives from various sectors, including the media, helps PRO-BAR formulate, on advisory capacity, vital programs meant to boost the community relations program.