TRAINING and supervision of police recruits is now under the Philippine National Police (PNP).
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act (RA) 11279, transferring control and supervision of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) to the PNP from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC).
About 120 days after the law's effectivity, the PNP chief is mandated to submit a revised table of organization and equipment and staffing pattern of the PNPA and the NPTI to the National Police Commission (Napolcom) and the Budget department for approval.
The revised table of organization and equipment and staffing pattern may include the reorganization and renaming of existing PNP training offices and units, and the realignment of functions, as may be necessary.
"To better achieve the goals of a highly efficient and competent police force, the Philippine National Police shall have administrative and operational supervision and control over the Philippine National Police Academy.. and the National Police Training Institute," RA 11279 states
Under RA 11279, the PNPA will serve as the premier institution for police education, and the primary source of police lieutenants, while the NPTI will be responsible for the mandatory and leadership trainings of all police non-commissioned officers.
The new law also establishes the PPSC as a premier educational institution for the training, human resource development and continuing education of all personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
The PPSC, which will be under the direct supervision of a Board of Trustees composed of the Secretary and the three bureau heads, will also act as provider of select mandatory career courses for police commissioned officers and specialized courses for personnel of the PNP.
The PPSC will consist of the National Fire Training Institute, the National Police College, the National Forensic Science Training Institute, the National Jail Management and Penology Training Institute, and other special training centers that may be created.
For a period of five years from the effectivity of the Act, the PNPA will continue to accommodate cadets for the BJMP and the BFP, provided that this period may be extended by the PNP upon the request of the BJMP and BFP in case the PPSC is still unable to provide the education and training required by the two bureaus.
The recently-signed law also authorizes the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), in consultation with the PPSC, to create a separate academy for the BJMP and BFP to allow police graduates from the PNPA to exclusively join the PNP.
RA 11279 directs the PNP, PPSC, PNPA, and NPTI to jointly conduct an inventory of all the properties, facilities, records, equipment, funds, appropriations, rights, functions, liabilities and other assets of the PNPA and NPTI prior to their complete transfer to the PNP.
The DILG Secretary and ex-officio chairman of the Napolcom are ordered to formulate and implement a five-year transition plan to ensure the smooth transfer of the PNPA and NPTI to the PNP.
The funds necessary for the intitial implementation of RA 11279 will be taken from the PNPA and NPTI's current year's appropriations. Thereafter, such amount as may be necessary for its continued implementation will be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.
The new law was signed on April 12. A copy was released on Thursday, May 23. (SunStar Philippines)