History

BCPO: Cradle of the Mazaua Police Brief Historical Background:   In 1951, a year after Butuan was declared a chartered city, Butuan City Police Department was already established. It shared its office with the old Butuan City Hall building along the corner of JC Aquino Avenue (formerly, Zamora St.) and AD Curato Street (formerly, Juan Luna St.), right at the heart of the city where it still stood today. The newly-formed city police force was headed by Felimon Fortun Busa, the appointed Chief of Police. The police then was under the local supervision and control of the city government headed by Hon. Romulo A. Rosales, City Mayor. Its personnel have a total strength of forty nine officers and men. A patrolman during that time is the lowest rank of the organization and has a monthly pay of eighty pesos (P80.00) only. As the years passed by and population grows, social problems began to mount and the demand for police personnel also increases as the city population grew up. In 1964, Butuan City Police Department has a total strength of 163 men in uniform. By 1971, professionalization of the police force was started. It began sending police personnel to the Regional Training Center 10 in Cagayan de Oro City to undergo Police Basic Course. Butuan City then was one of the provinces of Region 10 based in Cagayan de Oro City where most of the regional offices are located. During the Martial Law years, the police throughout the country was integrated with the erstwhile Philippine Constabulary on January 1, 1976 pursuant to Republic Act 1148 and the new organization was known as the Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police (PC/INP). Being the capital city of the Province of Agusan del Norte, Butuan City Police Department was placed under the command of the Agusan del Norte PC/INP Command based in the present day Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez in Barangay Libertad. Butuan City Police Department then adopted several names of its office in which cause was unknown at present. Sometime in the late 1980’s, it was named Butuan Central Police Station. The new name continued to be used for many years until some officers and men of the provincial level of Agusan del Norte came to disagree with it. They pointed out that there was not even another police office aside from it in its area which would qualify it to be called a central police station or office. After the issue was settled, it was then changed to Butuan City Police Station. Further professionalization of the country’s police force occurred on January 2, 1991 when the Philippine National Police was implemented under Republic Act 6975, an enabling act that put into operation the expressed mandate of the 1987 Philippine Constitution for a single police organization, national in scope, civilian in character, and under the operational control of the local government unit. In 1995, gradual changes on the implementation of the Philippine National Police and the qualification of Butuan to be classified as a highly-urbanized city placed it at par with the neighboring provinces. Its new political status paved the way for Butuan City Police Station to change the name of its police office to Butuan City 2 Police Command. It was then changed to Butuan City Police Office with Police Superintendent Rolando Mocon Pancito as the first city director. Several changes in the 1990’s affected Butuan City Police Office greatly. Thecreation of Region 13-Caraga which places Butuan City as the seat of the new regional center made it necessary to flex its muscles in terms of maintenance of peace and order. After a thorough consultation with the local executives and the regional police office, five police precincts were formally established in different barangays, namely: Langihan Area (Northern Police Precinct), Libertad (Western Police Precinct), Ampayon (Eastern Police Precinct), Tungao (Southern Police Precinct, 1994), and Central Police Precinct, (1995) which shared the same building with its head office (BCPO) until presently. It was also during the mid 1990’s where Butuan City was officially transferred to the administrative control and supervision of the newly-formed Police Regional Office 13 based in Libertad, Butuan City. Today, Butuan City Police Office has gained its rightful place in the community as the vanguard of peace and order.
Chiefs of Police, City Directors, and OIC’s.
1. COP FELIMON FORTUN BUSA 1951-1954
2. M. VILLARES SEP 1955- SEPT 1956
3. ATTY. SERGIO FORTUN GO SEP 1956- OCT 1960
4. CAPT NILO P JUANEZA NOV 1960 – APR 1961
5. ATTY. SERGIO FORTUN GO SEP 1961- AUG 1964
6. ATTY. COL ANGEL BUSA MALLONGA JR SEP 1964- MAY 1978
7. LT COL ANGELUS ROSALES TUPAZ MD JUN 1978- DEC 1982
8. ATTY. COL ANGEL BUSA MALLONGA JR JAN 1983- NOV 4, 1983
9. P/MAJ ANGELO TABUDLONG VASQUEZ NOV 5, 1983 – MAY4, 1984
10. LT COL TOMAS GELAGA ERIGBUAGAS MAY 5, 1984 – MAR 3, 1985
11. P/MAJ ROLANDO MOCON PANCITO MAR 4, 1985 – MAY 1, 1986
12. P/MAJ ANGELO TABUDLONG VASQUEZ MAY 2, 1986 – JUL 30, 1989
13. LT COL FRANCISCO FELISCIA POLLENTES, DSC JUL 31, 1989- FEB 25, 1990
14. PCI ARTURO PASCUAL FOJAS FEB 26, 1990- JUN 24, 1991
15. PSUPT ROLANDO MOCON PANCITO,DSC JUN 25, 1991- FEB 4, 1993
16. PCI ANACLETO MARTINEZ JABAGAT FEB 5, 1993- SEPT 16, 1993
17. PCI GELACIO RUIZ BOLONGAITA, JR SEP 17, 1993- MAR 1, 1994
18. PSI ELPIDIO CATBAGAN NAVARRO MAR 2, 1994- MAR 25, 1994
19. PSI CARLOS EBUEN BARDE MAR 26, 1994- JUL 14, 1994
20. PSUPT ROLANDO MOCON PANCITO, DSC JUL 15, 1994- MAR 30, 1995
21. PSUPT VENERANDO SALVAÑA SANTILLAN, DSC MAR 31, 1995- MAY 12, 1996
22. PSSUPT ROMEO LAGATA BABAYEN-ON, DSC MAY 13 1996- FEB 10, 1999
23. PSUPT EFREN UNGGUI ANGGO, DSC FEB 11, 1999- MAY 14, 2001
24. PSSUPT FELIX DIZON GONZALES, DSC MAY 15, 2001- OCT 15, 2002
25. PSSUPT EDGAR WASAWAS AGUSTIN, MPSA OCT 16, 2002- APR 2004
26. PSSUPT EFREN UNGGUI ANGGO, DSC APR 2004- MAR 31, 2005
27. PSSUPT EDUARDO MALACAD CATABAS, DSC APR 1, 2005- APRIL 30, 2005
28. PSSUPT RAMON CASTILLO ESPIRITU, DSC MAY 1, 2005- JAN 12, 2007
29. PSSUPT ADMIRANTE DE LUNA JOSUE, DSC JAN 13, 2007- NOV 30, 2008
30. PSUPT JOSEPH DINGLE PLAZA, MPA DEC1, 2008- JUL 01, 2010
31. PSUPT JOSEPH BALADAD BOQUIREN, PESE JUL 2, 2010- SEP 23, 2010
31. PSSUPT BENSON DAGIW-A LELENG, DSC SEP 24, 2010 FEB 8, 2011
32. PSSUPT JOSE VELASQUEZ CARILLO, DSC 08 FEB 2011 DEC 15 2011
33. PSSUPT PEDRO URBANO OBALDO 16 DEC 2011 JULY 31 2012
34. PSSUPT NERIO TORAYNO BERMUDO 01 AUGUST 2012 to MAY 13, 2015
5. PSUPT ROMMY INWAY PALGUE MAY 13, 2015 to AUG 31, 2015
36. PSSUPT FRANCISCO DAMAYO DUNGO JR. SEPT 1, 2015 to OCT 22, 2015
37. PSUPT ROMMY INWAY PALGUE OCT 22, 2015 to DEC 27, 2015
38. PSSUPT FRANCISCO DAMAYO DUNGO JR. DEC 28, 2015 to JULY 3, 2016
39. PSSUPT PERCIVAL AUGUSTUS P PLACER JUL 4, 2016 to MAR 22, 2018
40. PCOL ALBERT G MAGNO MARCH 23, 2018 – NOVEMBER 28, 2019
50. PCOL CANILO A FUENTES NOVEMBER 29, 2019- PRESENT