By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law transferring the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in a bid to “beef up” the agency’s internal cleansing efforts.

Mr. Duterte signed Republic Act (RA) No. 11279 on April 12, amending Sections 24, 35, 66, 67, and 68 of RA No. 6975, or the Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990, for the purpose of transferring the PNPA and the NPTI from the PPSC to the PNP. The Palace released copies of the new law to reporters on Thursday.

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, the law’s author, said in a statement that the PNP now has an “added tool to build a physically and morally competent force while beefing up its internal cleansing efforts.”

He said the new law will help the PNP leadership in its “internal cleansing efforts,” noting that the agency will now be “accountable for the entire gamut of responsibility from recruitment, education, field training and deployment of police officers.”

As for the transition, the law states that within 120 days from its effectivity, the PNP Chief will submit the revised table of organization. And equipment and staffing pattern of the PNPA and the NPTI to the NationalPolice Commission (Napolcom) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for approval.

The Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the ex officio Chairman of the Napolcom are tasked to formulate and implement a five-year transition plan to ensure the smooth transfer of the PNPA and the NPTI to the PNP.

“Within 90 days from the effectivity of this Act, the National Police Commission, in coordination with the Philippine National Police, Philippine Public Safety College, and Department of the Interior and Local Government shall promulgate the necessary rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this Act,” the law also reads.