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Bill seeks to streamline PNP appointment, promotion process.

A measure filed by a former police general turned House member is seeking to streamline the appointment and promotion of uniformed personnel in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

House Bill 2962, filed by Pangasinan 2nd district Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil, calls for the amendment of Sections 31 and 96 of Republic Act 6975, otherwise known as "An Act Establishing the Philippine National Police under a Reorganized Department of the Interior and Local Government, and for Other Purposes."

Bataoil proposed to remove the requirement of attestation from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in the appointment and promotion process of police personnel for the purpose of expediting government transactions and reducing "bureaucratic red tape."

"Our police officers who offer their lives and limbs to serve and protect our country should not be restricted in their career advancement by requiring a tedious process before approval of their appointment and promotion," said Bataoil, a former Police Community Relations director.

Bataoil further noted that since the National Police Commission (Napolcom) has administrative control and operational supervision over the PNP, civil service laws should only have suppletory application to avoid any conflicting issuances that may affect personnel management of police operations.

"Clearly, it is the Napolcom which is vested with the power to effectively supervise and control the PNP. As such, the Napolcom is the most competent authority to determine the qualification for appointment and promotion of police officers," Bataoil said.

At present, the lawmaker said the appointment of police officers still requires an attestation from the CSC, which is unduly unnecessary since the Napolcom should already exercise this function.

"The appointment and promotion of personnel from other armed services or law enforcement agencies in our government no longer require an attestation from the CSC. Thus, this should also be applied to the PNP since there is already a Napolcom which is given such authority," said Bataoil, a vice chairman of the House committees on appropriations, public information, and veterans affairs and welfare.

Under Section 5 of Republic Act 8551, otherwise known as the "Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998," the Napolcom exercises administrative control and operational supervision over the PNP which shall mean the power to develop policies and promulgate a police manual prescribing rules and regulations for efficient organization, administration and operation, including criteria for manpower allocation, distribution and deployment, recruitment, selection, promotion, and retirement of personnel and the conduct of qualifying entrance promotional examinations for uniformed members.

The proposed amendment to Section 31 provides that "The PNP shall be considered as closed-career positions. Provided further that the appointment of non-uniformed personnel shall be governed by civil service laws, rules and regulations."

Meanwhile, the amendment to Section 96 provides "The civil service law and its implementing rules and regulations shall have suppletory application."


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Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Dec 13, 2013
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