Reorganization of PNP pushed


Interior Secretary Jesse M. Robredo expressed Thursday support for a bold move to reorganize the Philippine National Police (PNP) that would involve abolishing its regional offices and devolving more powers and resources to the local police.

“In principle, there really is a need to devolve authority and resources to the field, and that proposal is consistent with that principle,” Robredo said on the sidelines of the National Police Commission (Napolcom)’s 45th anniversary celebration in Makati City.

“I will support the proposal but insofar as the details are concerned, I think we have to thresh them out first,” Robredo told reporters.

The PNP has been at the center of controversy over anomalous transactions, including the purchase of secondhand helicopters in 2009 that sparked the filing of plunder charges against former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo and top retired police officials.

At the Napolcom anniversary, the guest speaker, Cavite Representative Joseph Emilio Abaya, chairman of the House appropriations committee, pushed for the controversial reorganization bill pending in Congress in order to maximize resources.

“Our proposal is quite controversial but could have far-reaching reform,” Abaya said.

The most “crucial and controversial aspect” of the reorganization plan, hAbaya said, involved the abolition of all regional command offices and the creation of seven area commands in their place.

More resources to field

“The primary purpose of this move—and I’m sure the senior officers would always react—is that this will push down resources to the provincial stations, municipal stations and city stations,” Abaya said.

“What is the logic behind this? The area command will be limited mainly to administrative and logistic support, and will not be involved in operational matters. Operations will be moved down to the provincial level,” Abaya said.

Abaya noted that “there are no region-wide police operations.”

“The maximum would be provincial-wide,” he said.

“There will be no reduction in stars (general rank). The same stars shall remain. However, I know commanders will react because definitely for police officers, there’s a great difference from a two-star deputy commander to a one-star commander,” Abaya said.

“Any police officer would choose the one-star commander over the two-star deputy commander,” Abaya said.

Administrative control

Abaya acknowledged usual counterarguments to the proposal: “They would say, ‘Sir, the other departments also have a regional organization. We have to be parallel with them.’”

“My ready counterargument with them is: Your coordination with other regional offices is merely administrative,” Abaya said. He said the reorganization would focus on police operations and maximize resources.

“Any professional police officer, given the choice of prioritizing administrative over operational, would say operational is more important than administrative,” Abaya said, noting that a survey of all retired former police chiefs showed they agreed with the proposal.

“But the thing is, they admitted that if they were still PNP chief, they would not agree. But after retirement, then they would agree, which is understandable,” Abaya said.

Napolcom Vice Chairman Eduardo Escueta told reporters he expected resistance to the proposal from police ranks.

Escueta noted that the present setup of the PNP was already the product of “several interim adjustments from the original reorganization plan that the Napolcom submitted in 1998.”

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  • Anonymous

    How many times does the PNP need to reorganize? And how many times had the PNP reorganized each time a new chief is appointed? How many times too that each reorganization always had scams with it? But I still see wisdom in Pres. Noynoy’s choice and appoinment of Supt. Bartolome. My impression of Bartolome is he seems to be morally upright. I just hope I’m not wrong.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you bro., with his face and posture it seems he is morally upright. Lets pray for him, hope he can cleanse the PNP with the backing of no other than the President.

  • leonardoo

    Good job Sec. Robredo. Reorganizing the PNP is long overdue. You are right that there is no need for regional offices where police officers simply do desk jobs. We need more police in the field to deter the growing criminality. Additionally, the cost of maintaining regional offices could be diverted to improvement of the technical and strategic capabilty of the local police.

  • Anonymous

    No amount of reshuffle, reorganization, restructuring will resolve the PNP’s notorious graft & corruption image. We have to bite the bullet and swallow our pride and hire career police officers from countries like, NZ, Denmark, Singapore (top 3 honest nation in the world). Start from tier 1 (highest echelon), followed by tier 2, and so fort. No way you can solve graft and corruption in PNP using the same people. Most of these high ranking police officers won’t pass life style check! 

    • Danguard

      mahirap po talaga maresolbahan ng mabilisan ang lahat ng nabanggit po ninyo, pero sa 18 walong buwan ng bagong PNP chief na manunungkulan, tiyak na may kasagutan pabor sa inyo na magugustuhan ninyo. abangan na lamang po.

  • Guest

    This is a good idea. Regional officers of PNP are just making provincial and city PNP officers as gambling money collectors.

  • Anonymous

    PNP reshuffle is another recycling of anti-corruption drives that for many years have proven to be worthless as far as police history is concerned.

  • ryan andres

    The PNP is no different from any large corporations operating anywhere in the world. It’s an organization. Think of it as a company. In the business world, there are good companies, and there are bad managers. The PNP is a good company run by bad managers. Reorganizing the company is good, but if you reorganize but still operate with the same bad managers, then you will get the same results.
    And that is why the PNP has been the same rundown, morally bankrupt company that it is and has been for the past 110 years. At least in my opinion. hehehe

  • Mickey

    Most of these PNP high officers were SILENT during the past administrations corruption spree. If they were really outstanding officers with good moral character, how come not one of them stepped up to the plate and DID SOMETHING? Something drastic needs to be done to reform our police force. Their image as law enforcement have been eroded and sadly tainted by the anomalies since time immemorial.

    • Misha Hans

      Wanna die early and leave your penniless family behind with nothing to eat? Or you want to get tortured first before dying? It’s easier said than done. If you look back at our history, the feudal type of system we have has changed little over the last hundred years or so. Rich, well connected, powerful and fearless clans have control over the provinces (and that’s why they get elected over and over again.)

      I salute those who choose to serve with the PNP (and AFP) – they dedicate their lives to (try) and serve an ill country for so little. Benefits and monthly pay are dismal and given late.

      But I’m not that stupid to see that the whole government (including PNP and AFP) is corrupted just as our society is. Let’s try to change this. One man can’t do it all. A few good men can hardly make anything. We all have to play our part, no matter how small you think it is.

  • aldrin manaloto

    out of topic, but, try abolish NAPOLCOM first!!! poor civilian & uniformed people who wants to have an eligibility, how much it cost them?…

  • Anonymous

    I would rather support the abolition of entire PNP organization. I have reason to believe that the entire PNP organization are corrupted from the top to the bottom and is beyond fix…

  • Anonymous

    bilib ako sayo robredo pag propose ng ganito kalaki pagbabago sa PNP at mas lalo ako bibilib kung ito ay maisasakatuparan.

  • Tirador Ngbuwaya

     To Hon. Congressman Abaya and DILG Sec Robredo : Instead of re-organization, may I reiterate my previous recommendation to abolish or disband the existing PNP. It  is already beyond reform. Its present state is the product of years and years of unabated corruption from the lowest PO4 to the highest general.. It is already a cancer. The people are already tired of hearing news about kotong cops, hulidap cops, torture cops, Euro generals, rapist cops, and lately fake pensioners, helicopter scam, rubber boat scam . .The only solution is the abolition or disbandment of this existing PNP. Let us recruit new, young and idealistic Filipino men and women who will be given good salaries so that they will remain honest until they retire. In the interim or while the government is recruiting, the basic function of  the PNP which is to maintain peace and order shall be  assigned to the Philippine Marines. The marines joined the AFP because they love to fight. They are not so much interested in money, much more dirty money. .Pending cases against PNP personnel shall be resolved immediately. Those to be found guilty shall be dismissed. Those PNP personnel without pending cases shall be given separation pay. They are equally guilty of closing there eyes and doing nothing to stop the deterioration of the PNP to its present state. Licensing of firearms and crime lab can be temporarily assigned to the NBI. I believe the whole process can be completed in 3 years.

  • Anonymous

    Reorganization is not necessary. What is more important to discipline the cops is to punish those erring policemen especially those protecting syndicates and involved in crimes. What is happening now is just conducting moro-moro investigation that foist cover up. Many authorities are aemployed by criminal enterprises and the DILG failed in solving this.

  • Edwin Muescan

    the problems of our police are those low ranked PO1 are more abusive than those higher, and they are the most corrupt that as seen by our below poverty line kababayans. Dapat naman mahiya itong mga opisyales nila na hindi ginagalang ng mga tauhan nila. yun na!!!

  • Anonymous

    Robredo is not thinking again. Whoever thought of this idea must be stupid or just plain incompetent. By doing this, they would make the local government more powerful as it is now thus making the possibility and repeat of the Maguindanao massacre. All the police forces would be just under the governor who could use that power to kill or silence all his political enemies which is happening now and will happen again if nothing is done to counter these powerful local government.. Corruption and jueteng will be unabated because the local government controls the police who would turn a blind eye because the police gets a cut from it.. With the present setup of  the regional offices of the police in place, rampant corruption and abuse of power already exist within the local level. What more with this reorganization? The reality is this planned moved would make the corrupt and killers happier as they will become the Lords of the their local area without any check from higher headquarters. Looks like this is a coverup to having a trouble free jueteng operations and political control of every province that will favor someone. This is like martial law disguised as decentralization of powers. If Marcos centralized all the powers to himself enabling him to  rule the country with an iron fist, Robredos plan would decentralize that power to the mob and make them rule and handle  their provinces  resulting to DILG politically controlling  the whole nation . This is dangerous !

  • joboni96

    this is a good idea
    specially with the widespread
    information and communications technology

    the removal of regional offices
    should be emulated over
    the whole government bureaucracy

    regional offices are now
    just another layer of expensive bureaucracy
    expenses of which is better spent
    at municipal/city and provincial levels

    just look at their expensive vehicles
    traipsing around just for eating meetings
    while local government officials do the heavy lifting

  • Dylan

    Sana po pag-isipan mabuti ng DILG/PNP ang kanilang proposed reorganization in the light of future systemic changes. Changing the form of government is now being discussed and I believe this will be eventual. How will PNP and other government agencies operate and be organized  should this event occur should be considered.

  • Anonymous

    Totoo ba na pinag-aagawan ang pagiging regional director sa region na malakas ang jueteng?? Alam na ng lahat kung bakit. 

  • Shinigami Sword

    Abolish the PNP ..

    How do you reorganize the corrupt? They will just be exchanging territories.. O kumita na ako dito.. ikaw naman…

    Media bytes that make the gullible believe that the police can still be trusted to perform. 

  • Anonymous

    Ang dapat unahin ay ang pagpapatrol ng halos lahat ng pulis sa daan at hindi nag tatambay sa opisina o sa mga sari sari store o sa mga bahay ng kanilang mga kabit. Bigyan silang lahat ng walkie talkie tulad sa great britain at mag rereport sila sa status ng krimen sa kanilang patrol area every 15 mins to half an hour. Mga superintendent down to pina ka ultimo magpapatrol sa daan. Tanggalin sa mga local at provincial politicians ang pagpili ng kanilang mga Chiefs of Police para mawala ang palakasan sa mga politiko systems. At pati pag assign sa iba’t ibang mga pulis dapat merong bureau of personnel na mag assign at mag rotate sa kanila based on their qualifications at hindi again, palakasan.  Pati promotion dapat based on sustained superior performance.

  • Pulis Na Pogi

    the first office that should be abolished is the napolcom.  it is just eating the resources of the pnp and gives back nothing in return.  everything that it does can already be done by the pnp itself!

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