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PNP chief bares 15-point agenda for a better force

By Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:36:00 05/18/2010

Filed Under: Police

MANILA, Philippines?The country?s police chief on Monday bared a 15-point agenda for the ?transformation? of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Director General Jesus Verzosa expressed confidence the next Commander in Chief would support initiatives to develop a more capable and professional police organization by 2016.

?Along with a new presidency comes a new campaign in the PNP,? Verzosa said after the Monday flag-raising ceremony at Camp Crame, the PNP?s general headquarters.

In his speech, Verzosa enjoined the 130,000-strong police force to train its resources and energies toward strengthening the PNP as an institution in the next six years.

Dubbed the ?PNP Transformation 2016 Roadmap,? he said the six-year program would be the blueprint for the PNP Integrated Transformation Program-Performance Governance System (ITP-PGS), a long-term moral recovery plan for the police force.

Aside from pushing for legislative support to improve the PNP, the new campaign also contains the following:

? Sustaining the development of ?transformational leaders? at all levels;
? Full implementation of the model police station project in all regions and provinces nationwide;
? Full implementation of the capability enhancement program;
? Sustaining transformation advocacy with the stakeholders and the pillars of the criminal justice system;
? Sustaining the implementation of morale and welfare programs;
? Institutionalization of the program management office at all levels;
? Strengthening of the PNP Training Service;
? Sustaining the implementation of the Integrated Quad Operations to address the threats of terrorism; insurgency and criminality
? Promotion of rights-based policing;
? Integration of operations and administrative databases or the date warehousing project;
? Institutionalization of reform policies in human resource management including promotion, placement and recruitment;
? Institutionalization of logistics reform policies;
? Introduction of the fiscal reform program, considered to be the greatest challenge in the quest for genuine transformation; and
? Institutionalization of new scorecard measures.

Said Verzosa: ?As the country turns another page in its illustrious history, I have high hopes and optimism that the PNP ITG-PGS will be implemented with renewed vigor and enthusiasm with the support of our new president and the incoming administration.?
He said he would present the contents and the operations plan of the PNP?s campaign to the new president.

In his speech, Verzosa said he would tender his courtesy resignation to the new Commander in Chief. This tradition, he said, was also meant ?to highlight the importance of placing the interest of the institution above any individual interest.?

Verzosa is scheduled to retire on Dec. 25 this year, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.

On his possible successors, he quipped: The next PNP chief should be able to pass the ?ascension test? which requires senior officials to climb a 10-story building.

?It?s another parameter (for key PNP officials). We believe that in order for one to be mentally fit, one should also be physically strong,? said Verzosa, an avid runner.

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