The government aims to fill the need for additional policemen with the recent near P1-billion fund release of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to “strengthen the police’s law enforcement capabilities.”
In a release, the DBM said it disbursed P942 million to the PNP for the hiring of 3,000 police officers, which would be sourced from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) under the 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
“This latest fund release will allow the PNP to mobilize more police officers in their respective communities and increase police visibility in the streets, especially in areas with high crime rates. After all, ensuring sustainable peace and order in the country is essential, especially if we want to achieve rapid and sustainable economic growth and inclusive development,” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said.
The P942-million would provide for the police officers’ base pay, allowances and other benefits, who were officially appointed in December 11, 13 and 27 last year. The DBM said that the additional 3,000 officers will cover the PNP’s requirements for personnel services (PS) from December 2013 to December 2014.
The PS requirements of P60 billion for the rest of the filled up positions in the PNP were already covered by the PNP regular budget for 2014.
With the additional 3,000 officer, PNP police forces would total to 149,525 officers that would enhance law enforcement to prevent and control crimes in the country.
“Reforming the bureaucracy will require substantial investments in manpower support among all agencies and public institutions. For example, we recently gave the go signal to the Department of Education to hire over 31,000 new teachers for the upcoming school year so we can ensure that there are enough teachers for our students. In much the same way, we made this release to bulk up the number of police officers on the ground if we are to achieve our goals for national peace and order,” Abad said.
“By hiring new recruits, the PNP can efficiently respond to the increasing demands of maintaining public safety and protecting the well-being of our citizens,” he added.