ILOILO City – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is implementing a new law that modifies the rank classification of police officers into similar ones used by their military counterparts.
According to the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6), the modification would make the public understand better and easier the police ranking.
“Some people are not familiar with the police ranks,” lamented PRO-6 spokesperson Joem Malong, whose rank of Superintendent would now be Police Lieutenant Colonel.
On Feb. 8, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act 11200 which standardizes the way PNP officers are called.
The new law also clarifies the command and responsibility in the PNP for effective and efficient supervision and control among its uniformed personnel.
The new rank classification in the PNP are as follows:
* from Director General to Police General
* from Deputy Director General to Police Lieutenant General
* from Police Director to Police Major General
* from Chief Superintendent to Police Brigadier General
* from Senior Superintendent to Police Colonel
* from Supt. to Police Lieutenant Colonel
* from Chief Inspector to Police Major
* from Senior Inspector to Police Captain
* from Police Inspector to Police Lieutenant
* from Senior Police Officer (SPO) 4 to Police Executive Master Sergeant
* from SPO3 to Police Chief Master Sergeant
* from SPO2 to Police Senior Master Sergeant
* from SPO1 to Police Master Sergeant
* from PO3 to Police Staff Sergeant
* from PO2 to Police Corporal
* from PO1 to Patrolman/Patrolwoman
The modified ranks may be long but Malong expressed confidence that people would get used to them.
She also assured Western Visayans that the modified ranks won’t adversely affect the performance of policemen.
Earlier, PNP spokesperson Police Colonel Bernard Banac said “the rank classification will contribute to more performance output and productivity from the police for having high morale as they will be called again the way they were addressed before, in contrast to the present rank classification, which the public still find difficult to follow and understand.”/PN