SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
The House of Representatives, voting 166-6 without abstention, approved on third and final reading House Bill 5236 seeking to modify the rank classification of uniformed personnel in the Philippine National Police (PNP) by adopting the rank classification used in the military establishment for purposes of clarity of position and responsibility.
The bill,principally authored by Rep. Romeo Acop, chairman of the committee on public order and safety, also foresees effective and efficient administration and supervision in the PNP through modification of the rank classification of the organization’s uniformed personnel.
To fulfil the modification, the bill provides for the amendment of Section 28 of Republic Act No. 6975, otherwise known as the “Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990,“ so that the PNP rank classification shall be as follows:
Police General from Director General; Police Lieutenant General from Deputy Director General; Police Major General from Director; Police Brigadier General from Chief Superintendent; Police Colonel from Senior Superintendent; Police Lieutenant Colonel from Superintendent; Police Major from Chief Inspector; Police Captain from Senior Inspector; and Police Lieutenant from Inspector.
Police Master Sergeant from Senior Police Officer IV.; Police Technical Sergeant from Senior Police Officer III; Police Staff Sergeant from Senior Police Officer II; Police Sergeant from Senior Police Officer I; Police Corporal from Police Officer III; Patrolman First Class from Police Officer II; and Patrolman from Police Officer I.
The remaining provisions of RA 6975, as amended by RA 8551, otherwise known as the “PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998”, that have reference to the rank classification of the uniformed personnel of the PNP, and all other laws, executive orders, rules and regulations inconsistent with the provisions of the proposed Act shall be deemed modified or repealed accordingly.
Acop said the bill aims is to address public confusion on the present rank of PNP officers with the use of such terms as “superintendent” and “inspector” which were borrowed primarily from Western and European jurisdictions.
“Despite the usage of such terms for the last 20 years, the public seems to have been more accustomed to the use of rank classification using military terminologies such as ‘general’, ‘colonel’, or ‘sergeant’ as previously used in the police force,” said Acop, a retired police general.
Acop said the adoption of the military rank classification for the police force also promotes a common understanding between and among the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the PNP, and would enhance their efficiency in inter-agency operations.
The bill is co-authored by Reps. Leopoldo Bataoil and Gary Alejano, among others. / R. Bundang