PRIOR to the official ceremonies leading to the turnover of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) supervision to the PNP from the Philippine Public Safety College on Monday, senior PNP officials had already briefed President Duterte on the transition plan they will be implementing to better come up with an ideal training course for PNPA recruits.
According to PNP The Chief Directorial Staff (TCDS), Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, the transition plans to enhance and modernize both the PNPA and the National Police Training Institute or NPTI in order to empower them to produce quality candidates.
“It actually was the product of a lengthy study of a PNP Technical Working Group,” Coscolan told the Journal Group.
The PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development headed by Maj. Gen. Mariel M. Magaway, the PNP Directorate for Plans headed by Maj. Gen. Jonas B. Calleja and the PNP Center for Police Strategy Management formerly headed by now retired Brig. Gen. Noel A. Baraceros were involved in the massive study.
“The PNP aims to develop professional, principled and highly-skilled police officers, exemplifying ‘quality leadership and strong character’ by transforming PNPA and NPTI into primary training and educational institutions,” said Cascolan, a classmate at the Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 of PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde.
Lt. Gen. Cascolan had told the President that within the 5-year transition period, PNPA will continue to provide graduates to Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Bureau of Fire Protection, after which said bureaus are given options to establish their respective Officer’s Training School.
Cascolan said that at present, PNPA has a regular K-12-aligned semestral Bachelor of Science in Public Safety (BSPS) curriculum with academic and non-academic and department-based police knowledge and skill as well as general subjects taken across the four academic years, with no academic major, and graduates still required to undergo a 6-month-long Officer’s Basic Course after graduation.
He said that within the transition, starting with transfer, they will be implementing the Developed K-12 and Criminology-aligned Trimester Curriculum (2 Regular Academic Term and 1 Summer/Non-Academic Term) that would entitle graduates to take Criminologist Licensure Examination and exempt them from taking Officer’s Basic Course.
Cascolan said graduates will be accorded the degree of Basic Bachelor of Science in Public Safety with Majors in Criminology, Law Enforcement Administration, Forensic Studies, and Police-Community Development.
“Further, all general education subjects will be taken during the first two years so that cadets separated from the Academy for any reason will be able to continue a four-year course,” he explained.
Cascolan told the President the PNP’s requirements for the development of the PNPA. He said that Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite, the former Philippine Constabulary Training Command established more than half-a-century ago is the current PNPA campus where extensive wear and tear shows the age and material of its infrastructures and facilities which are only being maintained thru continuous ‘face-lifting,’ save a few structures built from 1991 to present.
He said that the PNPA’s Administration Building is the remaining relic of the old Camp Castaneda which accentuates the need for immediate repair and refurbishment by implementing a development plan that would enhance the capability of the Academy to produce quality police officers the nation deserves.
The official likewise said that most of PNPA’s facilities and infrastructures are for demolition save for four structures that will be retained and a few that are for renovation.