Over 5K cops to undergo PNP renewed transformation program

Oscar D. Albayalde

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday led the launching of a revitalized police program to help address the presence of scalawags in uniform: the so-called Squading System where God-centered police officers literally act as their brothers’ keepers.

Under the program which will be supervised by PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, some 5,582 nearly 27,000 policemen who have been subjected to internal disciplinary measures since July 2016 will undergo a 30-day retraining.

They include 481 who were demoted in rank, 4,196 who were suspended, 195 whose salary was forfeited, 619 who were reprimanded, 41 who were ordered restricted to quarters and 85 whose privileges were withheld during the period due to various administrative offenses.

Basically, it’s a program wherein senior non-commissioned officers would give pep talk and offer brotherly advise to their subordinates provided they have the moral ascendancy to do it, the PNP chief said.

Albayalde said under the Squad Concept, squad leaders and their selected stakeholders including spiritual advisers will guide policemen who have gone astray. “It means that 6-8 policemen will be formed into a squad under the guidance of a squad leader who will be more personal, more intimate with them,” he said.

The 27,000 policemen are those who underwent investigation or became the subject of derogatory reports since 2016 including those who were suspended, demoted or their pay forfeited after being involved in abusive activities including extortion or were caught literally sleeping or drinking while on duty or gambling in prohibited places. Also to be included in the program are policemen whose abusive acts and other misdemeanors were caught on CCTV and uploaded in YouTube and other social media.

“It’s one way of changing the attitude of our policemen thru spiritual and values formation. What is good here is hindi natin palalampasin kahit minor misdemeanors. Pero ang priority natin ay yung mga puwede pang marestore and ma-reintegrate sa organization,’ he said.

Gamboa said under the program, squad leaders will have more responsibility in reforming their squad members. “Our priority is the National Capital Region wherein Police Officers 1 or Patrolmen will be headed by a Corporal or a Sergeant,” he said.

Gamboa also said they also need to have a Special Action Force-like training for their recruits in order to produce more quality policemen. “Hindi mo puwedeng gawing civilian-like ang training sa PNP. Sa training pa lang, dapat me transformation na,” he added.

Albayalde said they are focusing more on reforms in their recruitment process starting from the ‘no-contact’ system when it comes to the conduct of neuro-psychological tests for police applicants in order to prevent both internal and external interferences.

However, he added they also need to come up with a much bigger training center to accommodate the students. He said that the Subic Bay retraining school at the most can only accommodate 40-50 students.

Last year, the Eastern Police District (EPD) then headed by Brigadier General Bernabe M. Balba launched the program at the Christ Commission Fellowship in Frontera Verde in Pasig City in line with their all-out support to the PNP’s internal cleansing strategy.

Other police regional offices including the National Capital Region Police Office and PROs 3, 4-A and 7 have also launched the same program which primarily focuses in preventing PNP members from being involved in illegal activities thru its Squad Organization which closely monitor each of their members.

It also focuses on the reformation and transformation of police officers through spiritual and moral recovery interventions with the...