ON orders of Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the PNP Training Institute or PNPTI is now pursuing major reforms in the unit aimed at coming up with quality non-commissioned officers thru the strict implementation of ‘back-to-basic’ training standards, the Journal Group learned.
“It’s just the strict implementation of all our programs, the approach here is back-to-basics, meaning if you can’t follow a simple instruction, the more you can’t follow a more complicated instruction,” PNPTI director, Major General Ramon L. Rafael said.
Rafael, a member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 said that all Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) programs before the PNPTI was transferred to the PNP, were good although the problem is the thing called ‘implementation.’
He said to address the problem involving Patrolmen in Temporary Status or 1-year or more in service as a result of being Terminated from training, the PNPTI has maintained that no ‘re-trainees’ will be readmitted to the PNPTI without certification from the PNP Finance Service that they did not receive any salary during the gap in their training.
This, he explained, is one of the requirements provided by the National Police Commission National Memorandum Circular 2007-09 which pertains to the need for Patrolmen to present a valid proof that they have returned the pay and allowances they have received while on Return to Unit or RTU status.
“This is analogous to PNP Academy cadets who are turned-back or suspended and do not receive their pay and allowances. It is our contention that recruits are being paid to complete their one Public Safety Training Program and cannot perform duty without completion of said Field Training Program,” Rafael said.
The official said that the transfer of the PNPTI and the PNPA supervision to the PNP from the PPSC is greatly advantageous to them. “First and foremost, we have no ‘hire-and-fire’ authority during the previous set-up. Understandably, that was one of our biggest concerns,” he said in referring to their failure to put ‘right people to their right places’ and fire the odd ones or those who are involved in previous irregularities and other infractions.
Unknown to many, some 30,000 police officers and men were the annual graduates of the PNPA and the NPTI under the PPSC. Of the total number, around 20,000 Police Non-Commissioned Officers train under the NPTI, now known as the PNPTI.
At present, the PNPTI trains around 10,000 PNP recruits every year plus another 4,000 policemen taking the Junior Leadership Course and over 3,000 Staff and Technical Sergeants who are taking the Senior Leadership Course which is a requirement for promotion to the rank of Police Master Sergeant. The PNPTI also trains around 1,000 students of the Officers’ Candidate Course every year.
Under the present set-up, all Patrolmen are required to undergo a 6-month Public Safety Basic Recruit Course under the PNPTI and another 6-month Field Training Exercise under the auspices of the PNP Training Service’s Regional Special Training Units.
The year-long training is part of their Public Safety Field Training Program culminating in a month-long evaluation.
Rafael said that they are correcting the age-old problem in training thru the strict implementation of the PNP Training Guide. “We should go by the book, follow the ‘Bible’ of training in the police force in order to come up with quality graduates,” he said.
He admitted that previously, lack of manpower and the presence of training instructors who have been with the PNPTI for five years or more are among their main problems. “As they always say, familiarity breeds contempt and it’s the very same reason why we want fresh, ideal faces in our unit,” he said.
Another problem before, he said, was the lack of support to the PNPTI by the PNP, leading to not only lack of manpower but inadequate and poor quality training classrooms. “Under Gen. Gamboa, we expect to further improve our facilities since over the past three years, the PNP training trains an average of 10,000 students per year,” Rafael said.
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