Friday, October 31, 2014

PNP-PGS: THAT Highfaluting PNP Program-Part 3

NAGPTD:  Reinventing the Wheel—and Worse

Third of a series

Again from the CPSM Website:
The PNP recognizes the urgency of addressing all key strategic issues outlined in the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030 and to ensure its institutionalization, the PNP organized a group of people from different civilian agencies to form part of the Multi-Sectoral Governance Council (MSGC) which they called National Advisory Group for Police Transformation and Development (NAGPTD) on September 2, 2011.

The selection of the composition of this advisory group was deliberated by the PNP ITP-PGS Technical Working Group (TWG) using their formulated criteria below:
a. Known for integrity;
b. Exemplified excellent leadership;
c. Model in transparency and good governance;
d. Advocate for transformation;
e. Community leader; and
f. Source of synergy.

The following illustrious members of society are now the institutional partners who constituted the National Advisory Group of the PNP:
Mr. Rex C. Drilon II
President, Institute for Corporate Directors
Mr. Guillermo M. Luz
Chairperson, National Competitiveness Council
Dr. Jesus P Estanislao
Chairperson, Institute for Solidarity in Asia
Hon. Panfilo M. Lacson
Senator, Senate of the Philippines
Hon. Rufus B. Rodriguez
Representative, Cagayan de Oro, 2nd District,
House of Representatives
Hon. Leopoldo N. Bataoil
Representative , Pangasinan, 2nd District,
House of Representatives
Hon. Alfonso V. Umali Jr.
Governor, Oriental Mindoro Province
National President
Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP)
Dr. Constancia P. De Guzman
Commissioner , National Police Commission
Atty. Anicia M. De Lima
Asst. Commissioner (Ret.), Civil Service Commission
Ms. Remedios I. Rikken
Chairperson , Philippine Commission on Women
Hon. Margarita P Juico
Mr. Vincent Juico
Chairperson,  PCSO
Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairperson,PCSO
Mr. George C. Kintanar
Chairman , Chief Information Officers Forum Foundation (CIOFF)
Ms. Aurora Pijuan
NCR Convenor , Gising Barangay Movement
Professor Jose S. Navarro
Director, Continuing Management Education Program
University of Asia and the Pacific
Professor Mario Antonio G. Lopez
Professor , Asian Institute of Management
Ms. Doreen G. Yu
Editor-in-Chief, Philstar/Starweek

Here is my pulis na pogi take:  hehehe

NAGPTD is good but does the PNP need another ADVISORY GROUP to tell it what it should do?  Not that I am being a CAVE man here.
(Aside:  In the PNP NHQ nowadays, sikat na sikat ang term na CAVE man.  Originally sa Orlando Sentinel sa US, ang meaning nito ay Citizens Against Virtually Everything.  But lately, I heard it from several generals—some of whom I admire—to mean Continuously Against Virtually Everything.   Pero simple lang ang sagot ko:  As long as there is disentrancement in the PNP fueled by obvious lokohan like REMOVING THE PFT BECAUSE THE CHIEF CANNOT PASS IT, there will always be hundreds, if not thousands of reasons for CAVE men to exist.)

Now back to the NAGPTD.  With all those talents WITHIN the PNP, do we really need outsiders to add more?  Have we not heard of the admonition, “Too many cooks spoil the broth?  Is it not that a Masters degree is required by law for promotion to Senior Superintendent?  Many of our generals are even Ph. D. holders from prestigious universities and not a few are graduates of the Asian Institute of Management.  CH Binag of the defunct PMO is one.  What do these members of the NAGPTD can possibly add that organic people in the PNP do not know yet?  Not that I am discounting nor belittling the capabilities of the NAGPTD members.  In fact, two of them are brilliant generals (Lacson and Bataoil) in their own right.  But I do not see the wisdom of having the NAGPTD when we already have the NAPOLCOM (well, NAPOLCOM is another useless office and that will be the topic of my next article) for oversight functions and the POCs for collaboration with other stakeholders of peace and order.

Executive Order No. 309 dated November 11, 1987 was signed by PNoy’s mother herself, Cory Aquino when she was the President.  It reorganized the POCs to its present form today.  Its premises for being were:

WHEREAS, the threat to peace and order posed by criminality, insurgency and subversion requires the dedicated efforts of all government official and citizens;

WHEREAS, it is the duty of local governments, the law enforcement agencies, the prosecution services, and similar institutions of Government to assist the Chief Executive in the proper enforcement of the laws and the administration of justice;

WHEREAS, Government efforts at peace and order need to be fully coordinated to effectively prevent and suppress criminality and to maintain public order and safety in the land;

WHEREAS, the participation of the citizenry in peace and order is of critical importance;

It is very clear that the POC recognizes the importance of citizen’s participation in the maintenance of peace and order at all levels, thus the law mandates that three members of the council come from the academic, civic, and religious sectors—the very same sectors being represented by municipal/city/provincial/regional NAGPTD members being tagged along by their Chiefs of Police/Directors during the presentation of their PGS compliances to higher headquarters!

But what is my main beef with the NAGPTD aside from being a redundancy to the POC?  Well, NAGPTD is purely composed of civilians who are not in any way connected to the PNP except for being citizens affected by the peace and order situation.  But are we all not?  NAGPTD members have no real stake in the success or failure of the PNP as compared to the POCs that are chaired by elected government officials who face the people in the elections every three years.  Moreover, the NAGPTD has no real measure of success or failure except maybe the “bolalizing” of their PNP friends unlike the POCs whose chairmen face performance evaluation through the elections!  Is it not that doing something whose success or failure cannot be gauged is even the anti-thesis of the balanced scorecard?  So how shall the PNP in general and the CPSM in particular gauge whether the NAGPTD is successful or even just functioning?  From the CPSM website itself, there are tell-tale signs that the NAGPTD is just a flash in the pan and some members may not even be completely sold to the idea.  Take a look at the picture of their oath taking:

There are 16 members elected to the Group but only 12 took their oaths.  There are even more absences in their first meeting where only nine members attended and one is just a representative:

Again, from the same CPSM website link above:
The NAGPTD members conducted their first formal meeting on September 16, 2011 at the PNP Program Management Office (PMO) Conference Room from 9:30 – 11:30 A.M. The meeting was presided by the Chairperson, Mr. Rex C. Drilon II and attended by Mr. Guillermo Luz, the Vice-Chairperson and the following members: Dr. Constancia P. De Guzman; Atty. AniciaMarasigan-De Lima; Ms.Margarita P. Juico, Professor Jose Navarro, Mr. George Kintanar, Ms. Aurora Pijuan, and Governor Jericho Petilla of Leyte representing Governor Alfonso V. Umali.

I do not personally know all the members of the Group yet I cannot help but notice two names that are very well known to me that were absent in both occasions:  Leopoldo Bataoil and Panfilo Lacson.  They may have valid justifications for their absence but could it be that their job in the Group is not among their priorities or that they do not believe in it altogether?

Actually there is already a concrete indicator that the NAGPTD is nothing but just for show.  There is one decision in the PNP that would have never come to pass if the NAGPTD has a say because definitely, ex-Chief PNP Lacson would have never allowed it:  the scrapping of the Physical Fitness Tests!

Next:  NAPOLCOM=Useless…

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