THE Philippine National Police headed by General Oscar D. Albayalde is on a vital mission to transform the PNP Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) into world-class training institutions in order to produce quality police officers and men, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
On Monday, Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año and Gen. Albayalde led official ceremonies in which the PNP assumed full supervision of the PNP from the Philippine Public Safety Company headed by retired Gen. Ricardo F. de Leon at the PNP 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 without anybody but the organization to blame if the graduates turn out to be crooks and scalawags.
Middle of this year, The Chief Directorial Staff of the PNP, Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan showed President Duterte a scale model of their development plan for the PNPA and the NPTI which is equally situated with the former when it comes to aging building structures, equipment and other facilities.
He said the NPTI also needs an immediate development comparable to police training and institutional institutions in Asia since it is where all Police Non-Commissioned Officers are being trained.
Lt. Gen. Cascolan explained to the President that many of NPTI’s Regional Training Centers‘s absorptive capacity are not enough for the training needs of their PNCOs resulting to backlogs in promotion of at least 70,000 non-officers in different ranks due to lack of required training.
“Our development plan for NPTI involves much-needed repair and rehabilitation of the different Regional Training Centers across the country with the conversion of an initial five RTCs into a model RTCS—two in Luzon, one in Visayas and two in Mindanao--to enhance their absorptive capacity and solve the current promotion plight of our PNCOs, along with the foundation training of our yearly recruits and progressive mandatory courses of all PNCOs,” he said.
Cascolan said that to realize their noble intention to provide better services, the PNPA 3-year development plan requires allocation of P7,810,790,121.09 consisting of equipment, infrastructure, Monthly Operational and Other Expenses or MOOE, personnel services and repair as well as maintenance of its vehicles and facilities.
On the other hand, their 3-year development plan for NPTI will require an allocation of P9.384,485,865.94 to finance its equipment, infrastructure including repair of its facilities and the construction of five model Regional Training Centers, MOOE and personnel services.
The official told President Duterte that the total budgetary requirements for the PNPA and NPTI development plan is P17,159,277,987.03.
Cascolan said they have fully prepared for the transfer of the PNPA and the NPTI from the PPSC as a result of amendments to Republic Act No. 6975 otherwise known as the Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990 as amended.
Approved during the bicameral meeting last January 14 and transferred from the Senate to the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office, the bill was subsequently forwarded to the Office of the President for signature last March 13.
According to Gen. Albayalde, the PNP had long appealed to Congress to revisit the law as it is already high time for the PNP to take full responsibility in training their own personnel.”
Each year, the PNP is authorized by the National Police Commission to recruit an average of 10,000 personnel to replenish the ranks of personnel separated due to retirement and attrition.
The PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development headed by Major General Mariel M. Magaway, the PNP Directorate for Plans headed by Major General Jonas B. Calleja and the PNP Center for Police Strategy Management headed by now retired Brigadier General Noel A. Baraceros were involved in the massive study.