Realities in the PNP (2005)

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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. The PNP is currently facing challenges and problems in the delivery of police services. Here are some of the realities when we're just starting the Integrated Transformation Program (year 2005). Realities that reduce our capability to shoot, move communicate and investigate.

realities-budget92% of the PNP annual budget goes to personnel services or salaries and allowances of PNP personnel. Less than 8% percent goes to maintenance and other operating expenses and less than 1% is set aside for capital outlay. This has been the situation for the last five years.

ps-informal-settlers80% or 1,282 police stations all over the country are considered illegal settlers on lands or buildings owned by local government units or private individuals. Police precincts are made of inferior materials, making both the station and its personnel vulnerable to hostile enemy action or to forces of nature.

 

 

watercraft-shortageWe are still 65% short of land patrol vehicles, 80% short of aircrafts and 76% short of watercrafts. Limited fuel supply limits us from doing continuous patrols. Inadequate communication equipment leads to poor coordination among police personnel, while most police stations lack proper equipment for the execution of their duties.

pnp-decent-shelter57% or 67, 489 of PNP personnel are still in dire need of decent shelter. Shown on the screen is the comparison between salaries of PNP and other foreign police agencies. This explains why 60% from po1 to po3 personnel actually live below the poverty line.

PNP uniformed personnel are not covered by social security or government service insurance system and only half of the pension budget requirement is allotted to the PNP.

 
 

pnp-hospitalThe PNP has only one tertiary hospital situated in camp crame and 16 dispensaries nationwide. Health service equipment and facilities are old and outmoded.

And for per patient health expense of government hospitals, the AFP Medical Center allots 835.80 pesos for every patient, the quirino memorial medical center apportions 410.29 pesos for every patient while the PNP general hospital spends a measly 125.92 pesos for every patient confined in the hospital.

In terms of educational assistance, only 7%, or 5, 071 of the total 73, 541 PNP personnel with dependents are receiving scholarship grants and assistance from the PNP.

 

 

Let us consider another reality the PNP is facing...

Low public perception of the integrity & competency of the police (reality that reduces our effectiveness to work with the community.)

 

low-public-perceptionOnly 15% of victims of crimes file cases/ complaints at the police station level or other law enforcement agencies. This is the situation because, most of the victimized see crime reporting to be a waste of time, citing slow police action and a cumbersome process of reporting for their decision not to report their encounter with crime. Low percentage of crime reporting is an indication of diminishing public trust and confidence in the police and the criminal justice system and people would rather depend on praying for protection.

 

Despite these issues and concerns faced by the PNP, there must be a way to regain the old glory of the police officer as what our C, PNP is championing when he said, "when the mere sight of the man in uniform evoked respect and a feeling of safety and security among the citizenry. When every man, every woman and child on the street feels safe because "mamang pulis" is just around the corner."

 

Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2012 00:15

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