Tuesday, January 18, 2011

PNP chief bats for regular physical, medical tests for cops

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Raul Bacalzo on Monday said he would propose that the National Police Commission implement an annual physical and medical exam, as well as neuropsychiatric evaluation, for all police officers as a long-term solution to rid the force of rogue cops.

Bacalzo said these tests will ensure that all 132,000 police officers are fit to work every year but revealed that they would have to find P46 million for every month that police officers undergo the said tests.

(Read the rest of the story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer by clicking on the title above)

My pulis take:

P46M monthly just for the tests? What the hell? Why so much? Had the PNP sunk this low in its "pera-pera" attitude that it cannot undertake a special project without a special funding? And regular fitness test cannot even be considered a special project. If the Chief PNP had not known it yet, then here is the info: For so long a time now, the Semestral Physical Fitness Test is a regular income source for corrupt SESPOs and Training Officers who ask for P700 from each PNP member who do not want to go through the rigors of the test but simply sign their PFT forms.

Likewise, what does the gargantuan medical unit of the PNP does if it cannot make the PFT its flagship project in its regular funding? Is it not that for so long, because of lack of anything worthwhile to do in the PNP General Hospital, more than half of its doctors went abroad on “buko passes” (Pag nabuko, e di pass. Kung hindi, e di on duty.) The absence of these doctors were not felt for so long because basically, nothing changed when they went abroad. Just like when they are on duty, they are not reporting in the hospital so they were not missed. This is the reason why the PNP assigned then PSUPT Rolando Anduyan and PSUPT Bernard Banac who were both PMA graduates and line officers in the Medical Service, specifically to account for these AWOL personnel. Anduyan was eventually rewarded with a promotion to full colonel and Banac is expected to follow suit. Same goes true with the nurses and the other staff of the PNP Medical Service. The usual duty detail rotation is 2 days duty, 1 week off. That is how sorely the PNP Medical Service needs something to do.

So if the Chief PNP wants the regular fitness tests conducted, then he need not shell out a single cent. Actually, it is now being regularly conducted (twice a year at that!) by crooked personnel in the admin and training sections of the PNP. He just needs to make these people trudge the “matuwid na daan.” Also, he needs to make the PNP Medical Service work for its MOOE and salary of its personnel.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

DISCIPLINE AND THE PNP

Last night I saw on TV a spot about the retraining of policemen in Subic. The training was in response of the perceived breakdown of discipline in the PNP brought about by the series of highly sensational cases where PNP members were the culprits. To the general public, this is an obvious stop-gap measure but of course it is commendable as this shows that the PNP still listens to the sentiments of the people. But for insiders like me? I cannot help but lament the realization that the current state of affairs in the PNP was the result of the shabby treatment of the PNP towards training for so long now.

Training should have been the key in instilling discipline in the PNP—and in any organization in fact—but for so long, the PNP did not give the emphasis due to it. Proof? PNP personnel assigned in the PPSC rendering instructors duty do not enjoy the opportunity of promotion because PPSC is not in the PNP Table of Organization. Another proof: The Training Service, supposed to be created to cater to the training needs of the PNP, became the “jump-off” point of officers who just want promotion. They get assigned to the Training Service, get promoted after three months, then get out again to positions where they can steal millions! Well, this is the way PNP top brass treats training because they know that they can get away with their incompetence not by training but by bending the rules.

One example: similar to the straits where PAO Chief Persida Acosta is now, the PNP now requires a third level eligibility for ranks of Senior Superintendent and up to justify their salary scales and also put them at par with the third level executives in the government. Too late for the PNP bright boys to realize that the third level executive positions are located in a totally different world: they need CES eligibility to qualify. Only one agency is allowed by law to administer the CES eligibility examinations: the CES Board. Now, this was early to mid 2000s where the ilks of GMA are lording over the PNP. These ilks were highly ambitious but lack the necessary brains to back up their brawn. They tried and failed the CESE multiple times. They realized in the end that they cannot pass CESE without going back to school first. They also realized that they cannot influence nor bribe the CESB into relaxing the standards so what was their solution? Instead of going to training and study to improve their knowledge and skills to pass the CESE, what did they do? They went to the CSC then chaired by Karina David who they were able to influence into administering the CSEE, an exam well out of the mandate of the CSC. All should have been well if the CSE exam is easy to pass. But it was not! So instead of going back to school, the PNP bright boys then went to their last refuge: the NAPOLCOM—and thus, PESE was invented. What is PESE? It is the height of mockery of eligibility examination standards! It is a glorified neuro-psycho exam which is only suitable for entry level positions such as PO1s.

Sample question: “Rank in a scale of 1 to 5: Money matters do not affect me in my decision making.”

Goodness, 90% of PESE consists of this type of questions. How will you know then who will be qualified police executives in the truest sense of the word with this kind of exam? Compare this with a question from the stage 1 of the CES exam:

Performance Appraisal is a primary HRM process that links employees and organizations and provides input for other processes through these means
a. Identification, Measurement, Management;
b. Assessment, Direction, Development;
c. Recruitment, Selection, Onboarding;
d. Skill, Effort, Responsibility


It is obvious that with this kind of questions, you cannot pass the CESE without the proper preparation.

I said it before and I will say it again: Reforms in the PNP should start at the top. For starters, require all senior superintendents and up to pass the CESE. I am willing to bet all that I have that more than 50% of all sr supts and up inside NHQ will fail!

In the meantime, as usual, let the rank and file bear the brunt of the failures of the top management!

Hay buhay!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

PNP admits breach in discipline

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer

Spate of crimes involving cops alarms top brass

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) Wednesday admitted that there was a breakdown in discipline among its ranks following a spate of crimes allegedly carried out by several policemen.

“This is a serious breach in discipline. But we have to accept that reality,” PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo said in a press conference at Camp Crame.

In the last six weeks, Bacalzo noted that 14 policemen had been linked to various crimes. Of the 14, six were arrested, three confined to quarters while five remain at large.

At the same time, he reported the actions the PNP would take against erring policemen, including putting them in provincial or city jails with other common criminals instead of restricting them to their quarte

(Read the whole article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer by clicking on the title)

It has been a while since I posted in my blog. Despite all those explosive issues in the past 4 to 5 months, I have not felt that great urge to post my views. I have a lot of opinions on the Luneta Hostage Fiasco, the taping of guns this past New Year, and several other issues but other priorities took precedence. Until now, my schedule is still as hectic as before but reading the statements of Bacalzo regarding the apparent breakdown of discipline in the PNP ranks, I felt that this is one issue worth contributing to.

At the outset, let me add my voice to the observations that indeed, there is breakdown in discipline in the PNP ranks. But let me add: it is not only now. It had been happening for quite sometime now. And let mo shout this out: the worst breakdown in discipline is not what you read on the pepers: the worst breakdown in discipline is happening right inside Camp Crame, in the National Headquarters of the biggest crime organization in the Philippines and they are perpetrated by most of the current top brass. Save for some senior officers, the PNP is currently lead either by bumbling idiots or spineless former idealists who allowed themselves to be sucked in the system not unlike the Cosa Nostra. And mind you, the similarities are not just skin deep. Take this entry from Wikipedia for Cosa Nostra: “Each group, known as a "family", "clan", or "cosca", claims sovereignty over a territory in which it operates its rackets – usually a town or village or a neighbourhood (borgata) of a larger city. Their primary activity is protection racketeering, but they are also involved in drug trafficking, loan sharking, and liquor and cigarette smuggling.” Sounds familiar? Have you heard about the families in the PNP? PMA, PNPA, PMO, APOLE, Iglesia, Mason, etc! But the biggest and most damaging families are the Comptroller family, Finance family, COA family, and DBM family. I will explain that in a short while.

That’s right: you read me right. I feel that the PNP had turned into the biggest crime organization in the Philippines right now and those PO1s that you read on the news are not even the tip of the iceberg—they are merely small broken chips of the iceberg. I can finish a whole ream of bond paper if I enumerate and discuss the rackets going on in the PNP. But let me zero in on one very Mafiosique racket in the PNP: The CLEARING FEE. What is this clearing fee? This is the automatic deduction levied on all funds that goes to an end user. Say a District Director is allocated P 100,000 monthly for his MOOE. The DD signs the receipt that he received P 100,000 but in truth, he will be only given P 70,000 because the current rate of Clearing Fee is 30%. Actually, at the regional and provincial levels, the money given to commanders were already “cleared” thus, whether they sign a receipt or not does not matter anymore. It is at the NHQ level that the funds are “CLEARED.” When we say “cleared,” what does it mean? That means that on paper, the money is already spent and the supporting documents are already submitted to the proper authorities, usually the DBM and the COA. For this to succeed, several families must work together: the Comptroller Family, the Finance Family, the DBM Family, and the COA Family!

How do they do this? Well, the explanation will consume another ream of bond paper. So here is just the unmistakable and irrefutable indication of the anomaly: in the last Christmas season (and in previous Christmases), did you notice that the cash gifts given by generals playing Santa to their subordinates are always in cold, hard cash? How do these generals clear these millions? Go figure!

Bacalzo is alarmed for the breach of discipline of his men? He better start reforms at the 1st and 2nd floors of the NHQ!