BARBERS, Robert Z.
Re: Promotion; Temporary Status




            Secretary Robert Z. Barbers of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and concurrently Chairman of the National Police Commission (Napolcom) requests deferment of training requirements for the promotion on temporary status of uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP), particularly of police non-commissioned officers (PNOCs). The deferment of implementation of training qualification standards as set under CSC Resolution No. 98-0010 will run at the most for two (2) years from effectivity of particular promotional appointments.

            Secretary Barbers represents thus:

            "One of the problems encountered in the last regular promotion particularly in the PNCO ranks, is the lack of the mandatory training requirement such as the Junior Leadership Course (JLC) for applicant for promotion to the ranks of SPO2 and SPO3 and Senior Leadership Course (SLC) for applicants for promotion to the rank of SPO4. This has resulted to the inability of our personnel to qualify for promotion, leaving a considerable number of vacancies in the aforecited PNCO ranks.

            "In this regard and in order to remedy this problem, may we request for clearance and/or approval from your agency to promote our applicants who have not satisfied yet the JLC or SLC training requirement to the said positions in a temporary capacity, on condition that such training requirement will be satisfied within two (2) years after the effectivity of the promotion. This request is similar to our earlier request concerning the promotion of our BJMP and BFP non-commissioned officers, which you favorably acted upon.

            "It is our hope that, once again, this request will merit your favorable consideration. This promotion will not only fill-up the vacancies in the different PNP ranks but would definitely uplift the morale and welfare of our policemen."

            In another related letter-request, Secretary Barbers expounds on these training constraints:

            "Additionally, there have been some promotional constraints too, one is the lack of the mandatory training the personnel have to undergo like, the Officer Candidate Course, to qualify for promotion to Police Inspector and the Junior and Senior Leadership Course for top Non-Officer ranks. Only few classes of these courses have been conducted/offered as of this time due to lack of training facilities. Moreover, coordination is being made with PPSC for the programming of these courses to have prospective promotees satisfy the said requirements."

            On the other hand, Director Edgar Galvante, PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management, in separate dialogues sought with Assistant Commissioner Adelina Sarmiento and Assistant Commissioner Erlinda Rosas, this Commission, on November 19, 1997 and January 14, 1998, respectively, explained that the training courses for PNP personnel are conducted by the Philippine Public Safety College (PTSC). The PPSC is the premiere educational institution of the DILG tasked with the training, human resource development and continuing education of all personnel of the PNP and the Fire and Jail Bureaus. Director Galvante added that because of budgetary and facilities constraints, the conducts of these PNP training courses are yet centralized and limited in frequency. However, the PNP is presently negotiating with the PPSC on the programming of the training courses as to accelerate the completion thereof by subject personnel.

            The Commission takes this instant request of Secretary Barbers within the framework of (CSC) Resolution No. 98-0010 approving the revision of qualification standards for PNP ranks. The approval of such revision is justified thus:

            "The Commission finds merit in the foregoing representation of Secretary and Napolcom Chairman Robert Z. Barbers in the context of generally balancing rank qualification standards with personal qualifications of existing PNP personnel majority of whom were absorbed from the defunct Philippine Constabulary -–Integrated National Police. Moreover absorbed into the PNP were personnel of other government entities like the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the NAPOLCOM who were then performing police functions. Revising the present qualification standards would open up more opportunities for individual career advancement of these PNP personnel long stalled by the organizational difficulties encountered by the PNP since its establishment on January 2, 1991 because of its former military orientation and diverse component units. Such movements would boost the morale of the PNP personnel and shape up the still irregular structure of the PNP.

            "The revision will rationalize the promotion process and professionalization of the Philippine National Police as an agency already within the ambit of the civil service."

            The Commission inclines forward the immediate and pragmatic implementation of the revised PNP qualification standards, particularly as these are mechanisms in the professionalization and shaping up of the organization structure of the agency. These would moreover give added meaning to the thrust on humanizing the bureaucracy, particularly the PNP, as the qualification standards would facilitate long deserved upward personnel movements.

            Allowing promotion on temporary status for lack of certain qualification standards other than eligibility has been previously granted by the Commission. In the case of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), the Commission ruled under CSC Resolution No. 97-4130 (Fevidal, Enrico, et al., Appointment; Qualification Standards; Appeal), the following:

            "WHEREFORE, the instant appeal of then DILG Undersecretary Alexander P. Aguirre is hereby dismissed for lack of merit. Accordingly, the action of the CSC-NCR in disapproving the appointments of Enrico L. Fevidal, Norberto S. Abuda, Ma. Paz C. Achapero, Joseph Y. Nunez and Alfredo Macabudbud is affirmed. However, in the exigency of service, they may be issued temporary appointments for a period of one year within which they are expected to acquire the required training, experience and eligibilities. (Underscoring supplied).

            Considering prevailing circumstances in the PNP and drawing appreciation from the foregoing decision on the BJMP, the Commission finds meritorious the instant request of Secretary Robert Z. Barbers.

            WHEREFORE, the Commission RESOLVES to grant the request of Secretary Barbers. Accordingly, the PNP shall be allowed the promotion of its deserving personnel on temporary status for lack of mandatory training qualifications provided they meet all other requirements on education, experience, and eligibility. As represented by Secretary Barbers such training deficiency should be satisfied within two (2) years from effectivity of particular promotional appointments.

            Quezon City, January 29, 1998

Attested by:

Board Secretary VI