THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has started the implementation of the law which standardizes how PNP officers will be called.
In a statement, PNP spokesperson Colonel Bernard Banac said the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11200 or “An Act Providing for the Rank Classification in the Philippine National Police, Amending for the purpose Section 28 of Republic Act No. 6975, as amended, otherwise known as the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990” was signed by PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde on Monday, March 25.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed RA 11200 on February 8.
The new rank classification in the PNP shall be as follows: Police General, the highest position in the police force followed by Police Lieutenant General, Police Major General, Police Brigadier General, Police Colonel, Police Lieutenant Colonel, Police Major, Police Captain, Police Lieutenant, Police Executive Master Sergeant, Police Chief Master Sergeant, Police Senior Master Sergeant, Police Master Sergeant, Police Staff Sergeant, Police Corporal and Patrolman or Patrolwoman.
The IRR also indicates the proper abbreviation of the said new rank classification which will be as follows:
Police General- PGEN
Police Lieutenant General- PLTGEN
Police Major General-PMGEN
Police Brigadier General-PBGEN
Police Colonel- PCOL
Police Lieutenant Colonel- PLTCOL
Police Major- PMAJ
Police Captain- PCPT
Police Lieutenant- PLT
Police Executive Master Sergeant- PEMS
Police Chief Master Sergeant- PCMS
Police Senior Master Sergeant- PSMS
Police Master Sergeant- PMSg
Police Staff Sergeant- PSSg
Police Corporal- PCpl
Patrolman or Patrolwoman- Pat
“The new law clarifies the command and responsibility of the PNP for effective and efficient supervision and control among its uniformed personnel,” Banac said.
“The rank classification will also contribute to more performance output and productivity from the police for having high morale as they will be called again the way they were addressed before, in contrast to the present rank classification, which the public still find difficult to follow and understand,” he added. (SunStar Philippines)