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PNP to take over training of recruits soon



The Philippine National Police would soon take over in training recruits to ensure that they would uphold the law instead of violating it.

This, after the Senate and the House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 23, ratified the consolidated version of Senate Bill No. 1898 and House Bill No. 8628 placing the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (PNTI) under the PNP's administrative and operational supervision and control.

Contained in Committee Report No. 413, SBN 1898 and HBN amend Sections 66 and 67 of Republic Act 6975. The present law mandates the Philippine Public Safety College to train police personnel.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, sponsored SBN 1898. Aside from Lacson, the bill was authored by Senators Antonio Trillanes IV, Joel Villanueva, Francis Escudero and Loren Legarda.

House counterpart measure was principally authored by Reps. Gary Alejano and Leopoldo Bataoil.

Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, said the bill will greatly help the PNP's efforts at internal cleansing.

The senator said the measure underscores the belief that the PNP could better fulfill its duty to serve and protect the citizenry if it has authority - and accountability - over the training and education of its personnel.

Currently, the PPSC is responsible for the training, human resource development and continuing education of personnel of the PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

Once the measure is enacted into law, the PNP Academy - which trains commissioned officers - will be under the direct supervision and control of the Chief PNP.

On the other hand, the supervision and control of the NPTI--which trains noncommissioned officers--would be determined in the revised organizational structure of the said unit.

The aim, according to the measure, is "to better achieve the goals of a highly efficient and competent police force."

The PNP Academy will still be allowed to accommodate BJMP and BFP cadets for five years--enough time for the BJMP and BFP to develop and professionalize their own personnel, the bill stated.

The bill also authorizes the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to create learning institutions for the BJMP and BFP under the PPSC within the five-year transition period.

Within 120 days from the effectivity of the Act, the Chief PNP shall submit the revised organizational structure and staffing pattern of the PNPA and the NPTI to the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for approval.

The revised organizational structure and staffing pattern shall include the reorganization and renaming of existing PNP training offices and units, and the realignment of functions as may be necessary.

The personnel of the PNPA and the NPTI shall be transferred from the PPSC to the PNP and continue to perform their duties and responsibilities and receive their corresponding salaries and benefits.

PNA