Zubiri’s Commitment to Supporting the Philippine National Police

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SENATE President Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri has reiterated the Senate’s commitment to supporting the needs of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Speaking at the 44th grand alumni homecoming of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in Silang, Cavite, Zubiri highlighted the valuable contributions of former police officers who became senators, such as Robert Barbers, Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Alfredo Lim, and currently, Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.

Zubiri emphasized the importance of collaboration between legislators and law enforcers, stating that they must work hand-in-hand to achieve their common goal of protecting and uplifting communities and the nation as a whole. He acknowledged the Senate’s efforts in passing legislation that supports the PNP, including the recent Republic Act (RA) 11549, also known as the “Height Equality Act.” This law not only reduced the height requirement for police recruits but also extended the same benefit to firefighters and jail and corrections officers.

The senator from Bukidnon emphasized that a good police officer should not be defined solely by their height but rather by their courage, commitment, and integrity. The Height Equality Act has opened doors for more Filipinos to join the police force and dedicate themselves to serving the people.

In addition to the Height Equality Act, the Senate recently passed the PNP Organizational Reforms Act, which aims to update the structures of the PNP and streamline its leadership, organization, and management. This includes the institutionalization of offices such as the Directorial Staff and the Area Police Command across the country, strengthening their roles and better integrating them into the police force.

Furthermore, the Senate passed the Jail Integration Act, which transfers provincial and sub-provincial jails from the supervision of local government units (LGUs) to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). This move aims to create a more efficient and standardized system of management for all persons deprived of liberty, regardless of their location.

Zubiri also highlighted the Heinous Crimes Facility Act, which was passed in the 18th Congress and has obtained funding this year. This act aims to decongest jails and establish a better-managed penitentiary system, allowing low-level offenders to have a rehabilitative experience separate from high-level offenders.

Additionally, Zubiri mentioned the committee report for the BFP and BJMP Rank Classification Act, which is ready for plenary debates. This act will further enhance the rank classification system within the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and BJMP.

Apart from institutional improvements, the Senate is actively working on bills that will aid the PNP in arms procurement. Amendments to the Government Procurement Reform Act and the Self-Reliant Defense Posture Act are being considered. Zubiri emphasized the importance of the Self-Reliant Defense Posture Act, as it promotes the production of defense needs domestically, reducing reliance on foreign allies for arms procurement.

Lastly, Zubiri highlighted the PNP Forensic DNA Database Act, which aims to revolutionize criminal investigation procedures and align the country with global standards in forensic sciences and practices.

In conclusion, Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri assured the Philippine National Police of the Senate’s unwavering support. Through a series of legislative measures, the Senate is working towards enhancing the PNP’s capabilities, improving institutional structures, and promoting self-reliance in arms procurement. These efforts aim to protect and uplift communities and ensure the safety and security of the Filipino people.

Source: The Manila Times

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