THE director of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), who waited for his turn to become the city’s top policeman, was promoted to one-star general rank on Tuesday.
Police Sr. Supt. Joel Pagdilao took his oath of office on Wednesday Police Chief Supt.(equivalent to Brig. Gen. in the military) at the Philippine National Police Headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Pagdilao, 52, is one of the youngest members of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Maharlika Class of 1984, to which his predecessor, Police Chief Supt. Richard Albano also belongs.
He holds two master’s degrees, one in Public Administration Major in Law Enforcement and Public Safety and another in Business Administration.
The PNP Officer-in-Charge, Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, administered the oath of office to Pagdilao at 2 p.m., at the PNP Star Officers’ Lounge in Camp Crame.
The oath-taking ceremony was followed by arrival honors at the QCPD Headquarters in Camp Tomas Karingal as part of police customs and traditions.
Joel, as he is called, is the younger brother of retired police general and now ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Samuel Pagdilao.
He has been with the QCPD since January 2011, first as Deputy Director for Operations under then-QCPD Director Chief Supt.Mario dela Vega.
Pagdilao then became the No. 2 man in the QCPD command, becoming dela Vega’s Deputy Director for Administration.
He also served as Albano’s Deputy Director for Administration when Albano assumed in January 2013.
Last year, Pagdilao was reassigned to the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Southern Visayas until his appointment as QCPD Director in October 2014.