The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 5236, seeking to modify the rank classification of uniformed personnel in the Philippine National Police (PNP) by adopting the rank classification used in the military establishment.
The bill provides for the amendment of Section 28 of Republic Act No. 6975, otherwise known as the “Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990”, so that for purposes of clarity of command and responsibility, and for the effective and efficient administration, supervision and control, the rank classification of the uniformed personnel of the PNP shall be as follows:[Director General] Police General [Deputy Director General] Police Lieutenant General [Director] Police Major General [Chief Superintendent] Police Brigadier General [Senior Superintendent] Police Colonel [Superintendent] Police Lieutenant Colonel [Chief Inspector] Police Major [Senior Inspector] Police Captain [Inspector] Police Lieutenant [Senior Police Officer IV] Police Master Sergeant [Senior Police Officer III] Police Technical Sergeant [Senior Police Officer II] Police Staff Sergeant [Senior Police Officer I Police Sergeant [Police Officer III] Police Corporal [Police Officer II] Patrolman First Class [Police Officer] Patrolman
The remaining provisions of RA 6975, as amended by RA 8551, otherwise known as the “PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998”, that have reference to the rank classification of the uniformed personnel of the PNP, and all other laws, executive orders, rules and regulations inconsistent with the provisions of the proposed Act shall be deemed modified or repealed accordingly.
According to Rep. Romeo Acop (2nd District, Antipolo City), principal author of the bill and chairman of the committee on public order and safety, the rationale behind the bill is to address public confusion on the present rank of PNP officers with the use of such terms as “superintendent” and “inspector” which were borrowed primarily from Western and European jurisdictions.
“Despite the usage of such terms for the last 20 years, the public seems to have been more accustomed to the use of rank classification using military terminologies such as ‘general’, ‘colonel’, or ‘sergeant’ as previously used in the police force,” said Acop, a retired police general.
Acop said the adoption of the military rank classification for the police force also promotes a common understanding between and among the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the PNP and would enhance their efficiency in inter-agency operations.