THE Philippine National Police headed by General Oscar D. Albayalde has sought the help of the 18th Congress in upgrading the ranks of officials holding key PNP positions in a move to keep them at par with their Armed Forces counterparts especially AFP service commanders, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
PNP Director for Plans, Major General Jonas B. Calleja said the ‘Upgrading of Ranks of PNP Key Positions’ is one of the 22 legislative measures they have proposed to the new batch of senators and congressmen.
Gen. Albayalde last April 30 activated the PNP Legislative Agenda Committee for the 18th Congress or the PNP ‘LEGENDA’ Committee. The PNP-DPL headed by Calleja was tasked to formulate the PNP legislative proposals taking into consideration the relevant inputs of all PNP Directorial Staff, National Administrative Support Units and National Operational Support Units.
In August 2018, the National Police Commission said the PNP will soon upgrade the ranks of its key senior officials following the Napolcom approval of a new rank system on selected positions for the organization. The upgrading of ranks of key PNP positions is actually incorporated in the PNP Reorganization Bill.
Based on the approved Napolcom order, the PNP will have four more three-star generals—the commander of the elite PNP Special Action Force, the director of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the director of the PNP Civil Security Group and the director of the National Capital Region Police Office.
At present, the directors of the four key PNP units have the rank of Police Major General. Once approved by Congress, they will be promoted to the rank of Police Lieutenant General.
Currently, there are only three-star rank or Police Lieutenant Generals in the force: PNP Deputy Chief for Administration or the number two man, Lt. Gen. Fernando O. Mendez Jr,; PNP Deputy Chief for Operations or the no. 3 man, Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco F. Mendez ; and the PNP Chief Directorial Staff or the PNP’s 4th highest-rank official, Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan.
The same Napolcom order also upgrades the ranks of those holding the top positions of the Highway Patrol Group and the 17 Regional Directors. The head of the PNP Academy, on the other hand, was upgraded from Colonel to Brigadier General.
Napolcom vice chairman Rogelio Casurao said the upgrading of ranks was approved after the Commission headed by Department of Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge and Napolcom chairman Eduardo Año, issued Resolution No. 2018-406, dated Aug. 9, 2018 which approved the rank upgrading.
“The Commission deems it fitting and timely to effect necessary organizational adjustments and upgrading of the rank of the heads of the PROs, National Operational Support Units (NOSUs) of the PNP, and the PNP personnel detailed with the PNPA in consideration of the increasing complexity and expanded scope of mission-critical functions attached to such positions, and the burgeoning size of the PNP which is now 190,000-strong,” Casurao said.
He added the upgrading of ranks will also help enhance the coordination and inter-operability with counterparts from the AFP, and to bolster morale by providing the rank-and-file with more career growth opportunities.
The upgrading of ranks for 25 police officials would mean about P4 million in additional budget for the PNP to cover the increase in their monthly basic salaries.
A Police Lieutenant General gets P125,574 each in basic salary while a Police Major General receives P102,896.
“The upgrading of ranks shall be subject to the provisions of law and existing policies on placement and promotion, and that the affected NOSUs, except for the HPG, shall be placed under the operational supervision of the deputy chief for operations,” Casurao said.
“The PNP shall issue the necessary guidelines to implement such organizational adjustments as may be necessary to rationalize the functional supervision, line of authority and accountability brought about by said adjustments,” he added.