Transfer of PNPA, NPTI to PNP another major reform key

THE die is cast. Soon and the Philippine National Police will take official supervision of the PNP Academy and the National Police Training Institute from the Philippine Public Safety College with the end in view of producing 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, the Journal Group learned.

After President Duterte has recently signed into law Republic Act 11279 which transferred the PNPA and NPTI supervision from the PPSC to the PNP, officials headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde hailed the decision and said finally, they would be given the chance to train their officers without blaming anybody but themselves if something goes wrong.

According to PNP spokesman, Colonel Bernard M. Banac, the PNP will see to it that the PNPA and NPTI will produce ideal police officers and men and specifically, those who have the moral fiber not to engage in illegal activities.

“Kung ating matatandaan ang mga bagong pulis ay nasasangkot sa mga tiwaling activites, sa krimen, iba naman pang-aabuso ng kanilang kapangyarihan. So ‘yan ang pini-prevent natin ngayon. Ang PNP na mismo ang may supervision and control doon sa training po nila,” Banac said.

“With the PNP supervising the training and learning of new cops, future police officers will be developed into genuine public servants. Ang turnover inaasahang magaganap as soon as possible. Inaayos na lang ang ilang administrative requirements,” he said.

PNP The Chief Directorial Staff, Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan 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 NPTI in the command conference in Malacanang Palace.

Under the new law, 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.

Gen. Albayalde last year 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. He thanked Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ M. Lacson for sponsoring the bill which is being fully supported by President Duterte.

“In line with the continuing effort of the PNP to reform and modernize, we are thankful to Senator Panfilo M. Lacson for filing Senate Bill 1898, which when passed into law, shall vest the PNP with full responsibility and accountability in training and molding our new recruits and personnel as they prepare to enter the police service,” the PNP chief said.

According to Gen. Albayalde, “the PNP has long been appealing to our legislators for Congress to revisit the law. It’s high time that the PNP takes full responsibility in training our 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.

“There is already a PNP transition team which is studying the matter fully taking into consideration the planned change in curriculum,” Gen. Albayalde told the Journal Group.

The PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development, Directorate for Plans and Center for Police Strategy Management are involved in the study.

“We’re actually prepared regarding this matter,” Gen. Albayalde said.  He also said that as far as he is concerned, the planned change will not affect PPSC president, retired Police Gen. Ricardo F. de Leon.