Roxas: PNP needs 80,000 more cops-A A +A
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) needs 80,000 more uniformed personnel to augment its existing force, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II said Wednesday.
In the budget briefing of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the House of Representatives, Roxas told lawmakers the the current police to population ratio has reached one-to-700.
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He said the PNP, which is an office under the DILG, is hiring 10,000 new uniformed personnel this year and another 10,000 will be recruited for 2015 to safeguard the welfare of 100 million Filipinos.
"One [policeman] is to 500 [individuals] is the rule of thumb ...and to arrive at this, we need an additional 80,000. We need this to improve police presence and visibility," Roxas said.
The Cabinet official noted that the country's police force currently has a total strength of 153,000 uniformed personnel, in which 30,000 are currently based in offices doing administrative tasks instead of being deployed in the field.
"We really need more personnel," Roxas stressed.
Roxas said new police personnel will be assigned on the streets in every cities and rural towns to help fight crime and maintain peace and order.
He also said that at least 900 local government units (LGUs) do have permanent police stations.
Meanwhile, National Police Commission executive director Eduardo Escueta and Director General Alan Purisima explained that the PNP is experiencing difficulty in adding new personnel due to "stringent process."
The official explained that new applicants must be college graduates, and must pass neuropsychiatric and medical examinations as well as an interview.
"We are also faced with the usual problem of attrition and other reasons like (the) attractiveness of other options offered by employment in the private sector," Escueta said.
Purisima added that the police force is also looking at the possibility of changing the schedule of their recruitment season from July to January annually to encourage more applicants to join.
The DILG has a proposed budget of P104.57 billion for next year in which, P16.15 billion will go to the local government sectors while P88.42 billion will be spent to the agency's interior sectors such as the PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). (Sunnex)