PNP wants area offices, upgraded ranks

August 22, 2019

CONTAINED in a Philippine National Police legislative proposal sent to the 18th Congress is a measure that will allow the PNP chief to create Area Police Offices (APOs) in clustered police regional, provincial or city offices or in contiguous areas or those sharing a common border, the Journal Group was told.

The legislative proposal approved by PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde was forwarded to the 18th Congress by the PNP Directorate for Plans headed by Major General Jonas B. Calleja taking into consideration the relevant inputs of all PNP Directorial Staff and other operational and administrative units.

As proposed by the PNP, the  APOs shall orchestrate, supervise and control the conduct of internal security operations and the conduct of rescue and relief operations in times of calamities and other emergency situations within their respective areas of jurisdiction.

Initially, the PNP is proposing the activation of the Northern Luzon Area Police Office, the Southern Luzon Area Police Office, the Visayas Area Police Office; the Eastern Mindanao Area Police Office and the Western Mindanao Area Police Office which shall be headed by Directors with the rank of Police Lieutenant General.

The PNP Reorganization Act also proposes the creation of the following National Administrative Supports Units: Logistics Support Service, Communications and Electronics Service Information and Technology Management Service, Finance Service, Health Service, Center for Law Enforcement and Leadership Studies Service, PNP Retirement and Benefits Administration Service, Headquarters Support Service, Chaplain Service, Engineering Service and Legal Service to be headed by a Major General who will be assisted by a Deputy Director with the rank of Brigadier General.

Likewise, the National Operational Support Units namely Maritime Group, Intelligence Group, Police Security and Protection Group, Drug Enforcement Group, Aviation Security Group, Highway Patrol Group, Crime Laboratory, Police Community Affairs and Development Group, Anti-Kidnapping Group, Anti-Cybercrime Group, Explosives and Ordnance and K-9 Group and  Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group  will also be headed by a Major General to be assisted by a Deputy Director with the rank of Brigadier General.

On the other hand, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Special Action Force, Civil Security Group and the National Capital Region Police Office will be commanded by a Police Lieutenant General.

The CIDG, SAF and CSG directors will be assisted by a Deputy Director with the rank of Brigadier General. On the other hand, the NCRPO Deputy Regional Director for Administration and Operations shall have the rank of Major General.

All the other Police Regional Directors shall have the rank of Major General who will be assisted by Deputy Regional Director for Administration and Operations with the rank of Brigadier General, the proposal says.

The proposal maintains that the head of the PNP will have the rank of Police General and can be appointed to the post provided that in no case shall any officer who has retired or is retireable within six months from his compulsory retirement age be designated as chief of the PNP; provided further that in case the Chief of the PNP resigns, is incapacitated or removed for cause, the position shall be considered vacant; and provided furthermore, that in case the Chief of the PNP is relieved or suspended, the President shall designate an acting Chief of the PNP from among the most senior star-rank officers.

The legislative proposal says the second in command of the  PNP with the rank of Police Lieutenant General shall be the Deputy Chief of the PNP for Administration.

The third in command with the rank also of Police Lieutenant General shall be the Deputy Chief of the PNP for Operations who shall exercise control and supervision over the SAF, CIDG and CSG.