ONE of the major concerns of the 190,000-member Philippine National Police (PNP), which is civilian in nature but national in scope, is attaining the ideal police-to-population ratio of 1:500.
Next year, the top PNP leadership, headed by Director-General Oscar “Odie” D. Albayalde, is hiring an additional 10,000 new policemen to enhance police visibility across the country.
This will boost the police force to a 1:505 police-to-population ratio, which is close to the 1:500 ideal ratio, according to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno.
Diokno said some P3 billion of the proposed PNP budget for 2019 will fund the creation of 10,000 additional positions for Police Officer 1 (PO1).
The DBM secretary said the “government eyes more recruits in the police force to ramp up efforts at addressing criminality in the country.
Aside from wiping out the problems of illegal drugs and graft and corruption in government offices and agencies, the crusading Duterte administration is determined to address criminality.
Various quarters concede that without peace and order, President Duterte may not succeed in speeding up the country’s socio-economic development before he leaves Malacañang in June 2022.
The additional PO1 positions will be covered by the new salary scheme for the Military and Uniformed Personnel in accordance with Congress Joint Resolution No. 1 Series of 2018.
The joint resolution also adjusted the base pay of the military and uniformed personnel of the PNP and equivalent ranks in the defense and other public order and safety units.
The DBM also provided funds for the creation of new positions in the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology which, like the PNP, are under the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Certainly, it is good to know that concerned government agencies are doing a great job in ensuring the safety and welfare of the burgeoning population by hiring more police officers and men.
It’s a move in the right direction.