THE Department of Interior and Local Government-Philippine National Police will officially assume supervision of the PNP Academy (PNPA) from the Philippine Public Safety Company with DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año and PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde leading the ceremonies at the PNPA headquarters in Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.
Gen. Albayalde and his other officials said now that the PNPA is officially under their supervision, they will be able to fulfill their vision to produce more bright and disciplined police officers and men in the future without anybody but the organization to blame if the graduates turn out to be crooks and scalawags.
The PNP leadership had expressed its full support to Senate Bill No. 1898/House Bill No. 8628 entitled “An Act Transferring the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Amending for the Purpose Sections 24,35,66,67 and 68 of Republic Act No. 6975 otherwise known as the “Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990’ as Amended, Appropriating Funds Therefor and For Other Purposes.”
PNP The Chief Directorial Staff, Lieutenant General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan has presented to President Duterte the result of the PNP Technical Working Group’s lengthy study and deliberation on the PNP’s absorption of PNPA and National Police Training Institute at the Malacañang Palace.
Under the new set-up, the NPTI which shall be responsible for the mandatory and leadership trainings of all Police Non-Commissioned Officers and the PNPA which is the premier institution for police education and the primary source for commissionship of police lieutenants will be under the operational supervision and control of the Chief,PNP.
Both will be headed by a Director with the rank of Police Major General. The new law says that the personnel of and all the properties, facilities, records, equipment, funds, choses in actions, appropriations, rights, functions, liabilities and other assets of the PNPA and the NPTI shall be transferred to the PNP.
At present, the PNPA is being headed by Brigadier General Jose Chiquito M. Malayo, a member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Makatao’ Class of 1989 while the NPTI is under the command of Major Gen. Ramon L. Rafael of PMA ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987.
Gen. Albayalde had already expressed the PNP’s readiness to fully assume the supervision of the PNPA and the NPTI from the PPSC during a 5-year transition period as he thanked Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ M. Lacson for sponsoring the bill which is being fully supported by President Duterte.
He said that in line with the continuing effort of the PNP to reform and modernize, they are thankful to Sen. Lacson, himself a former PNP chief for filing the bill which vested the PNP with full responsibility and accountability in training and molding new police recruits and personnel as they prepare to enter the police service.
“We’ve been long proposing the transfer of supervision of the PNPA and the PNTI from the PPSC to the PNP. Pag pumalpak pa naman ang training doon, wala nang me kasalanan kundi kaming mga taga-PNP,” the country’s top cop said.
Sen. Lacson sponsored the bill to transfer the training of police recruits from the PPSC to the PNP amid the involvement of rookie cops in illegal activities.
Lacson, in presenting Senate Bill 1898, said that as a former law enforcer himself and the 8th chief of the PNP, he knows from experience that at the minimum, a police officer should have a deep understanding of the law, physical strength and fitness, knowledge of and facility with firearms, and the justified use of force — be it lethal or non-lethal.
The senator said he also believes that a police officer should stand firm against various tests of endurance; not just of physical, but oftentimes, of moral strength. According to the lawmaker, thousands of non-commissioned officers and hundreds of commissioned officers are recruited into the ranks of the PNP every year. Despite this, the education and training of these uniformed men at present are not provided by the PNP but by the PPSC.
Lacson said that as far back as 2004, in the PNP Reform Commission Report, the PNP already viewed the setup as disadvantageous to the institution. The report asserted that the quality of training conducted by the NPTI has deteriorated over the years.