PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte this afternoon will swear in National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar David Albayalde as the new Philippine National Police chief vice Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa who is set to take over as Bureau of Corrections director.
Albayalde will be the 2nd PNP chief appointed by President Duterte and the 22nd chief of the now 190,000-strong national police organization which was created in 1991 to replace the former Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police.
A son of a former soldier who honed him to be a disciplinarian, Albayalde is a consistent honor student who graduated Cum Laude from the Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986.
It means that even as a PMA Cadet, the Pampanga native already showed great potential as a leader as he was a multi-awarded Commander of the Charlie Company who consistently qualified for the Dean’s, Academic Board’s and Superintendent’s Lists.
In the next three decades after leaving Fort del Pilar, Albayalde steadily rose through the ranks, starting his career as a young lieutenant in the now defunct Philippine Constabulary where he joined the vaunted PC Special Action Force and Special Reaction Unit or SWAT.
Albayalde became a chief of police of Guagua Municipal Police Station in Pampanga; and was once an Olongapo City and Pampanga Police Provincial Office director.
He also served in various capacities as Regional Staff Officer of Police Regional Office 3 in Cental Luzon where he became head of the PRO3 Regional Intelligence and Operations Division.
When he was assigned to the PNP Directorate for Plans, he headed the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Center and Organizational Development Division. Eventually, he was appointed as DPL’s Executive Officer which earned him his 1st-star.
Albayalde is also known to be a man of sports: a good basketball player, an avid skydiver, scuba diver and a rider or a big bike enthusiast.
In July 2016, Albayalde was assigned by his mistah, PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa to head the National Capital Region Police Office.
As head of the 29,000-strong Metro Manila police force, he challenged Team NCRPO to make Metro Manila the showcase of the change that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte promised to the Filipino people by leading the way in making it the safest place in which to live, work and do business.
As NCRPO chief, he led the implementation of a practical program for crime prevention and suppression, an intensified campaign against criminality and illegal drugs, and a sustained internal cleansing of NCRPO’s ranks.
By December 2016, or barely six months after Albayalde took over NCRPO, a Pulse Asia survey found that 81 percent of respondents from Metro Manila agreed that they felt safer because of the campaign against criminality.
This campaign was anchored on the war against illegal drugs. From July 1, 2016 until April 10, 2018, Oplan Double Barrel operations resulted in the arrest of 39,032 and neutralization of 1,519 drug personalities, while Project Tokhang persuaded 233,509 drug users and pushers to surrender.
Likewise, Metro Manila saw a drastic decrease in its crime volume for the Eight Focus Crimes from 63,492 for the period July 2014 until April 10, 2016 to 32,005 for the comparable period July 2016 until April 10, 2018, or a difference of 49.59 percent.
The success of Team NCRPO can be attributed to PDIR Albayalde’s brand of leadership: He leads by example, and he leads for results. Officers and staff do not hesitate to follow him because he is confident about who and what he is and he knows where he is going. Metro Manila’s LGUs also responded well to his leadership as Vice Chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council, and issued various resolutions in support of Team NCRPO.
Albayalde, his men say, not only displays the attributes of a good leader, more importantly, he uses them to produce and achieve the desired results.
His principles of teamwork emphasize consultative decision-making, clearly defined roles and accountabilities, empowerment of and shared leadership among team members, recognition and utilization of diverse skills and talents, open communication with stakeholders and practical approaches to problem-solving. He often encourages police officers by assuring them that when they work as a team, no task is too daunting to accomplish.
Albayalde is already a recipient of 58 awards and decorations including a Gold Cross Medal, a PNP Outstanding Achievement Award, and three PNP Heroism Medals.
Despite the recognition, he remains humble, always ascribing his success to the grace of God, said PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent John C. Bulalacao.
When he takes his oath of office today, Albayalde’s remarkable service reputation as a strict disciplinarian will be among his positive traits earning him accolades from the President, several senators and House members, ordinary citizens and the media.
They are one in saying that he is the best choice to lead the PNP at this time.