/ 26 September 2022

4PS PARTY-LIST Representative Marcelino Libanan pushed for the passage of a legislation that will strengthen the Philippine National Police Academy.

Libanan filed House Bill 3507 or the proposed PNPA Charter of 2022 to strengthen the academy that produces commissioned lieutenants for the country’s police force.

“In the years ahead, we are counting on the PNPA to produce the best and the brightest law enforcement officers imbued with exceptional leadership qualities and the highest standards of professional competence and personal integrity,” Libanan said.

Currently, all PNPA graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety degree, and are then commissioned as police lieutenants, or as inspectors of the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

The measure guarantees that the PNPA will enjoy academic freedom, in accordance with the 1987 Constitution’s mandate for all higher learning institutions.

The measure also mandates the PNPA to provide advanced instruction and specialized education in public safety, social defense, internal security, human rights and other relevant fields of study.

It will also establish plans, policies, programs, curricula and standards of teaching and training and will create, develop and implement a system of faculty placement, promotion and development.

Under the bill, the PNPA will be governed by a new nine-member board of trustees, with the secretary of the Interior and Local Government and the chief of the Philippine National Police sitting as chairperson and co-chairperson, respectively.