Wednesday, October 29, 2014

At Last! Substantive Comments from PGS-ITP Fans

The latest article regarding the PGS/ITP elicited this comment from reader name Pedro Dispalinghado:

Your article is all good. However, may I put forward some of the issues raised in your article which I personally believe are not appropriate.

1.        Leadership is far different from management since you were relating Asian Leadership to the issues at hand.

2.        ITP is very good, however, it was more geared on project and program management and therefore strategic management of the PNP is not that of focus.

3.        PNP-PGS (PATROL Plan 2030) differs from ITP since it "USES" a tool (the balance scorecard system) to monitor the progress at tactical level up to strategic level.

4.        At this point in time, we cannot say that the PGS system is not working or will not work well. We do not have FACTS on that. If you have astudy/assessment with good "counter-factuals" that clearly describes the failure of the system, then I encourage you to publish it for our reference.

5.        It is true that from PDG Bacalso to the present leadership has their respective Program Thrusts(e.g. Serbisyong makakatohanan, Serbisyong pagkukusa). But these are all prioritization of PPAs. The PATROL Plan is still the guiding strategy and system since all of these programs and projects are embedded in it.

5.        PNP PATROL Plan has a yearly strategic refresh that necessitates changes of PPAs (Plans, Programs, Activities) and/or strategy/ies in response to its operating environment. Further, it also necessitates the strategy review (PROs/Directorates/NSU level) and operational reviews (PPO level down). However, the changes SHOULD NOT VEER AWAY with the VISION that we wanted by 2030.

6.        Directorate of Plans, due to the bulk of its works/tasks, ceased to plan more comprehensively and that it focused more on its routine works and "compliances" (e.g. UN Deployment, Budget preparations/planning, etc). As a result, some statistical figures were left out (e.g. number of Investigators/intel officers/patrol officers vis a vis geographical spread/area/population, etc.) that could have been very important in forward planning. Therefore, there is a need for an office to focus more on the management of the Strategic Plan that includes its implementation.

7.        I love the way you point out that PGS is not workable in our society since you believe that "Long range planning is good and ideal but unrealistic in the PNP setting because the organization, just like the whole Philippine Government bureaucracy in general, is personality centered. This is one aspect that we cannot escape because the underlying causes are deeply rooted in our culture".

But since you put forward this presumption (Although I do not agree with your proposition especially on Phil. Bureacracy) may we ask you of what program you suggest to change our PNP organization to make it more credible and efficient? Do you have an alternative? What will that be?

The just this morning, an anonymous poster added:

I agree with Pedro Dispalinghado. When one criticizes and cites the flaws of a certain plan, he/she should be able to present an alternative or alternatives that are expected to be better and more effective. Anonymity is beautiful indeed, especially to those who fear the repercussions and reprisals of their acts and words but sometimes it is a necessary "EVIL" or "GOOD"(depending on who's perspective it is). Ika nga ni BRAVEHEART: "FREEDOM"!

First and foremost let me express my appreciation to Pedro and the other poster (Advice to “Anonymous:”  Registering for a Google account is easy and can use a pseudonym just like me.  A registered user can track his activities on the net.) for taking time out to read the article and make the comments.  I would love to make a point by point answer to the issues that they raised but that will make this post very long.  So let me prioritize and start with the most challenging part which is a common theme to both of them:  their question on what will be my alternative to make the organization more credible and efficient.

Let me start by qualifying that I will answer them from the perspective of “if I become the Chief PNP” (which is remote, really!).  That means that I will limit my plan to the time period of my tenure which is anywhere between 18 to 30 months.  Of course, I will make sure that the plan has forward looking provisions which my successor can choose to continue or not.

Having said that, here it is:

I will focus on just two things:  credibility and efficiency.  It is actually heaven sent that Pedro used those two operative words!

Let me start with credibility.  Defining it will again be a very long debate so let me just quote Wikipedia:

Traditionally, modern, credibility has two key components: trustworthiness and expertise…xxx  Source:

For me, credibility of the organization rests on the credibility of each individual policeman.  If the cop on the ground that the people sees everyday is credible in what he does, then there is no other way for the organization but to be perceived as credible as well.  Take note also of the words trustworthiness and expertise.  Trustworthiness is another complicated and subjective word but I believe that in a policeman, it will be greatly affected by expertise, which is more objective and easier to measure.  Thus for me, I will focus on ensuring expertise, FIRST AND FOREMOST.  So expertise in what?

Here is the picture of a policeman from an official PNP poster:

 And here is how the three leading national newspapers see the policeman:

From Inquirer (10 May 2014):

From Philippine Star (16 September 2014):

From Manila Times (19 September 2014):

Noticed the one commonality standing out?  The newspapers see the policeman as the potbellied and physically unfit individual.  This is basically the same in other social commentaries, thanks or no thanks to these:

I had written two previous articles about the implications of being overweight as reflective of the state of discipline of a person.  Here are the links:

It has to be emphasized that weight requirement is mandated by law as stated in item (i), Section 30 of Republic Act 6975 which states:

(i) Must weight not more or less than five kilograms (5 kg.) of the standard weight corresponding to his or her height, age, and sex;

Moreover, this provision was even strengthened by Republic Act 8551 which amended RA 6975.  Section 1 item (j) of RA 8551 has this line:

"(j)  xxx…Provided, That except for the last qualification, the above-enumerated qualifications shall be continuing in character and an absence of any one of them at any given time shall be a ground for separation or retirement from the service: …xxx

Bottomline is that, if a policeman cannot comply with the most basic of basics, what other requirements that he cannot also comply with?

So number 1:  I will require expertise in maintaining physical fitness, because more than anybody else, policemen must be able to follow the most basic law at all times!

(Side remarks:  this is where the Chief PNP miserably fails.  Here is the article:

Next expertise that I will require is firearms proficiency.  In two other articles, I hammered this point:

The PNP is an organization that removes or modifies the standards once people on top or the “mga anak ng diyos” cannot pass it.  The PFT scrapped by PDG Purisma is the latest example of this and the firearms proficiency test is one of the earliest.  LOI 76/09 signed by PDG Versoza in 2009 would have mandated firearms proficiency as a requirement for promotion.  But many “sons of gods” cannot pass the test which is simply based on the International Defensive Pistol Association classification system.  So what is the solution?  Scrap the standards altogether!  And now we complain of incompetent policemen on the ground?

Simply put, I will require just this two—physical fitness and firearms proficiency—from ALL policemen.  No excuses.  Now, do you imagine the result of this?  We will see the Lacson-era Crame parade ground where overweight GENERALS will be doing what they are supposed to do!  That will be less time for their “other activities.”  We will also see generals sweating it out in the firing range instead of making excuses while showing off their Mark IV Gold Cups and Para Ords.  And this will start a chain reaction of reforms that we saw when Lacson was Chief PNP.

Now for the second operative word:  Efficiency.

To improve efficiency, there is one thing that must be jump-started immediately and it is actually in the PGS.  From the CPSM website, this is the first line of the PNP Patrol Plan Overview:

The PNP experienced a lot of birth pains and by the turn of the millennium, various national perception surveys showed that the organization is among the most corrupt government agencies in the country.  (Emphasis and underscoring mine.)

This is actually a restatement of the basic premise of the ITP.  Now may I ask, what corruption are we talking about?  I have stated my piece on several previous articles:

Bottomline:  I will make sure that the financial management system of the PNP gets an immediate overhaul.  Here is my previous article about it:

For starters, I will remove, except of a very select few, all uniformed personnel in the DP, DC, and DL and bring in a third party service provider to review their tracks and to do their jobs afterwards.
People in these offices can deny all they want about the existence of LARGE SCALE corruption in their midst but this is my simple question:  what is it in these offices that “sons of gods” are so attracted to them like flies are to manure?  If you had not seen the era where these offices were once “freezer assignments” and avoided at all costs by officers worth their salt, then you are too young to debate with me about these matters!

The simplest illustration of the skewed value of these offices can be seen in the promotion system.  Why is it that Tomas Rentoy, Regino Catiis, and the various officers assigned with the “Finance Family” especially the R6s were usually promoted ahead of their peers when all they do were to sign stacks and stacks of papers (including the Malampaya funds...hahaha!) that are supposedly public documents but are kept so secret?  Does it mean that this job merits higher than those of people actually on the ground shooting it out against criminals?  When was the last time you heard of a finance officer or comptroller arresting a thief? 

In summary, here is a series of articles about specific PNP reforms that I envision for the PNP.  I started writing these in April this year and will continue to do so after I finish with the PGS.

On removing mediocrity in the PNP:

On rationalization of the rank system:

Advocacy on core competencies and skills:

My point is that all those ideals that we envision in the PGS will be meaningless if policemen on the ground does not feel the reforms especially those pertaining to their financial stability and well being.  Worse if they see their leaders to be the first violators of the ethical standards.  And worst if it is the Chief PNP himself!

But well, my opinions may not matter anyway because I may never be a Chief PNP…

Next:  Point by point answer to the other issues raised by Pedro


  1. I completely agree with your ideas. Continue writing please. This is what is needed if we want to wake up those who still believe that they can always fool everybody, and those who pretent as if everything is alright.

  2. well thoughted blog...hehehe. Keep it up bro!!!

  3. Very sensible sir, you really know what you're saying, I admire you.

  4. sana ganyan ang pag-iisip ng magiging chief pnp, admire for the good thoughts sir! keep posting sir, am your avid reader.

  5. meron din yatang connection yung Local Government Code of 19__ sa isyu ng credibility at efficiency. ang pagiging provincial director o kaya COP, more often than not, has to go thru the congressman or the mayor.

    pipiliin ba yung pulis na may kakayahan na magpahinto ng jueteng, ibibigay ba yung posisyon sa isang pulis na may alam sa "broken windows theory?

    salamat sa blog mo mamang pulis...keep on writing.........

    1. through the mayor and the governor po. actually maganda naman ang intention ng batas about this kasi nga ultimately ang LCE nga din naman ang mananagot sa taong bayan sa election every 3 years. yun nga lang, kung pati ang LCE ay tabingi ang pag iisip, ayun, magkakaloko loko nga.

      salamat po sa visit at sa comment!

  6. sa lugar namin mamang pulis ang mayor, governor at congressman ay hawak ng isang pamilya lang....hahahaha........every three years, sila-sila lang ang nagpapalitan ng pwesto.......

    maganda nga ang intention ng batas pero parang ginawa lang legal lang bata-bata system.....

    1. a baka magkainterest kayo sa mga articles ko regarding dito:

      salamat po sa visit at sa comment!


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