ONLY President Duterte’s go-signal is what the Philippine National Police needs to fully take over the supervision of the PNP Academy and the National Police Training Institute from the Philippine Public Safety College aimed at producing more bright and disciplined police officers and men in the future, the Journal Group learned.
The PNP leadership headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has expressed its full support to Senate Bill No. 1898/House Bill No. 8628 entitled “An Act Transferring the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Last March 22, then PNP Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa assured Ryan Alvin R. Acosta, the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Office of the President’s Legislative Office of the approval of the Enrolled Bill and said the PNP has no further comment and recommendation.
PNP The Chief Directorial Staff Lieutenant General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan will present 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 today’s command conference in Malacanang Palace.
Under the proposed bill, 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 as he thanked Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ M. Lacson for sponsoring the bill which is fully supported by President Duterte.
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.
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.