PNP plans to transform PNP Academy, National Police Training Institute into world-class institutions

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THE Philippine National Police headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde plans to transform the PNP Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) into world-class training institutions to produce quality police officers and men, the Journal Group learned.

In a briefing he made before President Duterte, PNP The Chief Directorial Staff, Lieutenant General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, showed the Chief Executive 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.

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.

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 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 legislative proposal to transfer the PNPA and the NPTI from the Philippine Public Safety College to the PNP amending for the purpose Section 24,35,66 and 67 of 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 March13.

Gen. Albayalde last April 2 also signed a letter to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea requesting for the prioritization of the President’s signature on the bill.

At present, only President Duterte’s go-signal is what the PNP needs to fully take over the supervision of the PNPA and the NPTI from the PPSC with the end in view of producing more bright and disciplined police officers and men in the future without anybody but the organization to blame if the graduates turn out to be crooks and scalawags.

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.”

“We’ve been long proposing the transfer of supervision of the PNPA and the PNTI from the PPSC to the PNP. Pag pumalpak pa naman ang training doon, wala nang me kasalanan kundi kaming mga taga-PNP,” the country’s top cop said.

Every 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 Brigadier General Noel A. Baraceros are involved in the massive study.

The 8th PNP chief, Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ M. Lacson said the transfer is also hinged on the fact that 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% of PNPA graduates becoming police officers for 26 long years,” he said.