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The Department of the Interior and Local Government has welcomed the proposed law seeking to introduce “long overdue” reforms and address institutional issues in the Philippine National Police.

Introduced by former PNP chief, Sen. Ronald dela Rosa, also chair of the Senate committee on public order, Senate Bill No. 2249 seeks to amend Republic Act No. 6975, also known as the DILG Act of 1990, and RA 8551, or the PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998.

Among the salient provisions in SB 2249 is the institutionalization of various PNP offices created ad hoc over the past 25 years to respond to the country’s evolving public safety concerns. The reforms would also address the issue of PNP promotions, which the Department of Budget and Management flagged as being excessive, as it only allows a certain number of promotions.

“This measure will lead to the first comprehensive legislative reform of the PNP since 1998,” Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos said.

“It’s about time we introduce organizational reforms in the PNP to empower our police force to effectively address current challenges of law enforcement,” he added.

As the world changes, law enforcement in the Philippines, just like all other countries, also needs to evolve, ideally for the better. Hopefully the “long overdue” reforms will be enough to make the PNP a better organization, not just in the short term, but in the long term, resulting in an organization that prioritizes the needs of the Filipino people over the selfish interests of a chosen few who have been using loopholes and shortcomings in existing laws to undermine the mandate of the PNP and use its personnel for other purposes.*

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