CABANATUAN CITY – The Nueva Ecija police on Tuesday paid tribute to one of its “illustrious sons,” Brig. Gen. Crizaldo O. Nieves, a former Nueva Ecija provincial police director, who now serves as the regional commander of the Police Regional Office 2 (PRO2) office based in Cagayan.
Nieves, a native of Zaragosa, Nueva Ecija and member of the Philippine National Police Academy’s “Tagapagbuklod” Class of 1989, came to NEPPO as part of his “sentimental journey” and homecoming visit to this provincial camp before his compulsory retirement in July next month.
The police general was warmly welcomed here by provincial director Col. Jaime O. Santos, members of the NEPPO command group and other stakeholders. The event was also graced by businesswoman-philanthropist Myrna J. Reyes, of Donate, Phils., and Inter-Agency Task Force spokesman Father Arnold Abelardo, of Ako ang Saklay, Nueva Ecija.
Highlights of the event included the awarding of a plaque of appreciation to Mrs. Reyes for her invaluable support to NEPPO especially during this time of the pandemic. Also given citations were chiefs of police for their anti-crime accomplishments.
Nieves, who raffled off two cal. 9mm Taurus pistols during his visit, also awarded a citation to NEPPO for recognizing its role and support to Cagayan Valley during the height of Typhoon Ulysses in November last year.
In his speech, the police general, brother of incumbent Zaragosa municipal mayor Efren O. Nieves, thanked the NEPPO for being instrumental in his journey as a public servant especially during his previous stint as Nueva Ecija’s top cop.
Among Nieves’ legacies and best practices which were spearheaded during his time were the putting up of the NEPPO Hostel, whose construction was funded by Gov. Aurelio M. Umali in 2014, formation of the NEPPO band, the provincial police cooperative, the NEPPO mascots (Kuya at Ateng Pulis), and the sponsorship of scholarship programs in partnership with colleges and universities and other blood-letting activities.
Nieves was also credited at NEPPO for bagging the prestigious Gold Eagle Award during the initiation stages of the PNP’s Performance Governance System-P.A.T.R.O.L Plan 2030.
The police general, who will turn 56 on July 19, earlier paid a sentimental visit to the Quezon City Police District, which he described as the “busiest police department in Metro Manila.”
Nieves previously served at the QCPD as the District Chief of Staff, the Deputy District Director for Operations, and the Deputy District Director for Administration.