The Fruition of NAPOLCOM CAR

The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) was created pursuant to Executive Order No. 220 dated July 15, 1987 by then President Corazon C. Aquino. At present, it is composed of six (6) provinces, namely: Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province with the regional center in the highly urbanized city of Baguio. In January 1988, the NAPOLCOM CAR was established with an initial skeletal force of only three (3) personnel to man the office namely: the late Atty. Carlos P. Llamas as the Officer-In-Charge; the late Supervising Inspector Philip B. Orprecio as Chief of the Intelligence, Investigation and Inspection Division and Mr. Pedro Mamenta as Chief of Personnel Services Division.

On May 30, 1988, when funds were available for the full operation of the Regional Office, then Chairman Cicero C. Campos designated former Assistant Commissioner Mamerto C. Bermudez as the Acting Regional Director for NAPOLCOM CAR. Likewise, a handful of personnel from Central Office as well as Regions 1 and 4 were assigned to man some of the key positions approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

The late Mr. Philip Orprecio was appointed as Inspector IV, Mr. Juan Aquino as Police Inspector II, Mr. Jose Arellano as Planning Officer 1, Mr. Rodolfo Tarriela as Qualification Rater and Ms. Editha Semilla-Puddoc as Cashier I. Pursuant to the provisions of E.O. 220, the rest of the positions like Bookkeeper II, Budget Examiner, Personnel Transactions Examiner, Claims Adjudicator and Polcom Agent were filled up by natives of the Cordillera. Thus, the regional office has an original total complement of sixteen (16) to include four (4) contractuals to serve the Cordillera Administrative Region.

NAPOLCOM CAR initially held its office at the NAPOLCOM Staff House, Teachers Camp and then transferred to High Country Inn, Naguilian Road and thereafter to Segundo Building, Lourdes Subdivision, Baguio City.

On August 31, 1992, Dir. Bermudez retired from the service then Atty Julio B. Bayle was designated Officer-In-Charge, effective September 1, 1992 to February 28, 1993. Thereafter, Dir. Nestor A. Quintos was designated Acting Regional Director effective March 1, 1993 to July 31, 1993.

Dir. Yolanda S. Lira took over as Regional Director on August 1, 1993. During her term, she adopted a policy of recruiting/promoting qualified cordillera residents with preference to those already within the organization. A policy of hiring outsiders only after they have satisfactorily undergone three (3) months On-theā€“Job training before filling up of said positions was implemented.

At that time, the Regional Office had a total manpower complement of twenty five (25). Again, under Dir. Lira's initiative, other staffing modifications were implemented, existing positions were upgraded such as: Administrative Officer III to Administrative Officer IV, Budget Officer II to Budget Officer III and Law Enforcement Evaluation Officer II to Law Enforcement Evaluation Officer III, conversion of Law Enforcement Evaluation Officer II to Planning Officer III and the creation of Driver I position. Eight (8) personnel were given original appointments and nine (9) were promoted based on their qualifications and six (6) personnel have undergone three (3) months on the job trainings and were eventually appointed. Further, three (3) vacant positions for Legal Officer V were also filled up.

It was also during Dir. Lira's term that the Regional Office was transferred from Segundo Building to Upper Gen. Luna, Baguio City and then back to Napolcom Staff House since the funds can no longer pay the office rental.

When Dir. Yolanda S. Lira was transferred to another region on November 15, 1997, she was succeeded by Dir. Jose M. Umali as Regional Director. Dir. Umali served as such from November 16, 1997 until his retirement on August 8, 2001. He was replaced by Dir. Edmundo R. Fernandez who assumed Office effective August 9, 2001.

Due to the retirement of Dir. Fernandez, Ms. Editha Semilla-Puddoc was designated as Officer-In-Charge on November 15, 2002 until she was reassigned to NAPOLCOM Region 3 on February 27, 2004. She was succeeded by Dir. Rodolfo G. Santos, Jr. who assumed as Regional Director effective March 4, 2004. On November 15, 2007, Dir Santos was transferred to Region 2 and was succeeded by Dir. Danilo N. Pacunana effective December 11, 2007. During his term, three (3) Legal Officer V were appointed vice the three (3) Legal Officer V who transferred to other agencies. On January 19, 2010, Dir Pacunana was transferred to NAPOLCOM Region 2. He was replaced by Dir. Pedro T. Magannon who acted as Regional Director effective January 20, 2010. During his tenure, he appointed one (1) administrative aide and promoted one personnel to Administrative Officer II vice Mr. Rodolfo Tarriela one of the pioneers of NAPOLCOM CAR who retired on March 27, 2013. On March 3, 2015, Dir. Magannon compulsorily retired and was succeeded by Atty. Henry M. Dungala who assumed as Acting Regional Director effective March 24, 2015 up to January 03, 2016.

Dir. Editha Semilla-Puddoc, MNSA assumed as Regional Director effective January 4, 2016 up to the present (2020). When she took over as Regional Director she filled up all vacant positions resulting in the promotion of three (3) personnel after almost 29 years in their respective positions, issuance of one original appointment of Administrative Aide and hiring of seven (7) new individual for positions vacated thru promotion, retirement and resignation. A major change in the NAPOLCOM Cordillera staffing pattern also happened during the leadership of the good director which paved way for approval of Twelve (12) plantilla positions by DBM to wit: 1 Director II, 2 Attorney V, 1 Chief Administrative Officer, 1 Administrative Officer V, 1 Administrative Officer I, 1 Police Inspector III, 1 Police Inspector II, 3 Law Enforcement Evaluation Officer II and one (1) Administrative Assistant III. Seven (7) of the twelve positions are now filled up while the other 5 are on process. With the additional plantilla positions, the regional office has now a total of forty-two (42) positions complemented by two (2) Job Order employees with all the provincial offices now manned by a Provincial Officer.

Likewise, due to the persistent leadership of Dir. Puddoc, a special patent was finally awarded for the NAPOLCOM Cordillera lot located at Section K, Guisad Central Barangay, Easter Road, Baguio City where the proposed NAPOLCOM Cordillera building will be constructed. The building is worth 61 million plus and is being requested for funding by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) thru the Department of Public Works and Highways-Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO).

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