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!

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