PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday said he will be overseeing a program that will transform the PNP Academy into one of the premiere law enforcement academies in Southeast Asia that will be the source of quality police officers and men.
“As the Philippine National Police Academy is now under our wing, we should ensure that it will be known as one of the premiere academies in law enforcement achieving an “elite” reputation and being recognized as one of the best law enforcement institutes at par with other renowned academies from other countries,” he declared. The PNPA is currently under Major Gen. Jose Chiquito M. Malayo.
The lawyer-member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 also vowed to further strengthen the Philippine National Training Institute headed by Major General Ramon L. Rafael to become the primary training ground producing professionally competent, morally upright and technically proficient police officers capable of working in close partnership with a responsive community.
To do this, the PNP has presented to President Duterte a scale model of their development plan for the PNPA and the NPTI which is also equally situated with the former when it comes to aging building structures, equipment and other facilities.
The NPTI also needs an immediate development comparable to police training and institutional institutions in Asia since it is the place where all Police Non-Commissioned Officers are being trained.
The PNP leadership 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,” said PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lieutenant Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan.
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.
The 8th PNP chief, Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ M. Lacson said modernizing the PNPA is a must since over the years, only a small percentage of PNPA graduates have opted to be assigned with the BJMP and BFP and the largest portion of students choose to join the police force.
From 1993 to 2018, PNPA already had 5,215 graduates, of which 4,447 joined the PNP, while only 443 and 325 cadets joined the bureaus of fire and jail, respectively.
This translates to an annual average of 85 percent of PNPA graduates becoming police officers for 26 long years, Sen. Lacson explained.
Cascolan had said that the transition plan to enhance and modernize both training institutions in order to empower them to produce quality candidates was the product of a lengthy study of a PNP Technical Working Group.
“The PNP aims to develop professional, principled and highly-skilled police officers, exemplifying ‘quality leadership and strong character’ by transforming PNPA and NPTI into primary training and educational institutions,” said Cascolan, also a classmate from PMA Class 1986 of Gen. Gamboa..
As planned within a 5-year transition period, the PNPA will continue to provide graduates to Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Bureau of Fire Protection, after which said bureaus are given options to establisher their respective Officer’s Training School.