The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the delegated authority of Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina as Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Office of the Chief, Philippine National Police (PNP) as a result of the preventive suspension of Police Director General Alan LM Purisima.
This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta after the NAPOLCOM en banc signed Resolution No. 2015-002 on January 6, 2015 authorizing OIC Espina to act on or approve urgent, necessary or time-bound transactions/disbursements/activities which, unless addressed immediately, may unduly cause damage and prejudice to the public or hamper the effective performance of the PNP’s functions.
“The approval of OIC Espina’s delegated authority is necessary in order to achieve, efficient, effective and responsive operations of the PNP, thereby avoiding undue delay in the performance of the day-to-day activities of the police organization,” Escueta said.
The issuance of the NAPOLCOM Resolution is pursuant to Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution No. 00078 which specifically provides that although the rights and privileges of an incumbent do not necessarily descend upon an OIC, the same may nonetheless be granted to the latter in his designation as OIC.
Escueta said that the Commission issued on December 10, 2014 Resolution No. 2014-456 confirming the status of PDDG Espina as OIC of the Office of the Chief, PNP.
As PNP OIC, PDDG Espina is authorized to approve/confirm various transactions, as follows: contracts involving procurement of services/resources by the PNP; approval of disbursements/payments of the PNP’s legitimate/regular financial transactions; authorization for the release of funds from the Agency Reserved Fund FY 2014; obligate funds from Trust Receipt; sign and counter-sign checks; and approve payroll and disbursement vouchers.
Additionally, OIC Espina has the authority to exercise disciplinary authority as Chief, PNP; designate appropriate OICs for the various PNP offices/units; appoint PNP Non-Uniformed Personnel SG 24 and below; sign documents concerning payments of retirement benefits of personnel with pending administrative cases but who have complied with the requirements under pertinent laws and circulars; enter into or renew agreements concerning regular transactions of the PNP; and issue firearms licenses and permits pursuant to the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.
Escueta said that the specified authority of OIC Espina shall be subject to existing pertinent rules, regulations and procedures and such limitations/conditions that the NAPOLCOM may impose or prescribe, and also subject to the submission of pertinent reports by the OIC within three (3) days from the performance of the activity.
“The action taken by OIC Espina shall be deemed valid and effective unless disapproved by the NAPOLCOM,” Escueta said, adding that “Upon termination of his status as OIC, PDDG Espina shall submit a written report to the NAPOLCOM on all transactions/disbursements/activities approved/entered into pursuant to this Resolution.” PNA