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PNP CONFERS POSTHUMOUS PROMOTION TO FALLEN POLICE COMMANDOS

The Philippine National Police will bestow posthumous promotion to 44 PNP Special Action Force personnel who were Killed in Police Operation (KIPO) in Maguindanao in recognition of their “supreme sacrifice” in line of duty.

PNP Officer-in-Charge, Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A Espina has approved, for endorsement to Napolcom, the recommendation of the PNP Special Promotion Awards and Decorations Board (SPADB) to confer meritorious promotion (posthumous) to the fallen police commandos killed in a police operation against high–value terrorist targets last Sunday.

With this promotion, all financial benefits and pension due to the surviving kin will be computed based on the salary scale of the new rank, Espina said.

At the same time, Espina also announced the availability of PNP educational benefits to qualified dependents of the 44 deceased PNP-SAF personnel. This PNP scholarship program is bankrolled by revenue from gun licenses and permits collected by the PNP.

During the necrological services on Friday, President Benigno S Aquino III assured widows and orphans of the fallen police heroes of government assistance to alleviate the effect on their lives of the tragic loss.

“”Makakaasa rin po kayo: Pipilitin nating bawasan ang agam-agam sa inyong kinabukasan. Tutugunna po natin ang inyong mga pngangailangan nang sumusunod sa lahat ng batas at patakaran. Gagawin po nating lahat, sa abot ng ating makakaya, upang tulungan ang bawat pamilya ng ating mga bayaning kapulisan.” President Aquino said.                                                                                                                                 

Surviving kin of slain policemen in Maguindanao encounter are entitled to receive death benefits ranging from P1.5-million to P2-million.

Death benefits for policemen killed in line of duty include P250,000.00 from the President’s Social Fund; between P141,000.00 up to P181,000.00 as Special Financial Assistance (SFA) from the PNP; burial benefits worth P50,000.00; and P200,000.00 gratuity from the National Police Commission.

PNP members of the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund are also entitled to death insurance ranging from P225,000.00 to P417,000.00 depending on rank.

These death benefits are on top of the monthly lifetime pension from the PNP ranging from P15,000.00 to P25,000.00 depending on rank; and roughly the same amount of pension for five years from the Napolcom. (PNP-PIO)

FULL POLICE HONORS FOR SLAIN COPS MAGUINDANAO ENCOUNTER

The Philippine National Police is now in the process of delivering the sad news to surviving family members of policemen slain in an encounter last Sunday with lawless elements in Maguindanao.

As a policy, the PNP withholds information about circumstances surrounding the death of a PNP member until the orphaned family has been notified.

On Monday, the Philippine Flag was hoisted at half-mast at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame as a sign of mourning over the loss of brothers in uniform.

“I extend my deepest sympathy to the orphaned families of our fallen policemen. They died a meaningful death on the side of justice and righteousness. They did not die in vain,” PNP Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Director General Leonardo A Espina said.

Despite the momentary setback of law enforcement operations against lawless elements in Mindanao, Espina expressed confidence that “justice and peace will prevail.”

Meantime, the PNP is preparing the highest police honors to be given to the slain policemen, including all benefits due to the surviving kin.

Surviving kin of slain policemen in Maguindanao encounter are entitled to receive death benefits ranging from P1.5-million to P2-million.

Death benefits for policemen killed in line of duty include P250,000.00 from the President’s Social Fund; between P141,000.00 up to P181,000.00 as Special Financial Assistance (SFA) from the PNP; burial benefits worth P50,000.00; and P200,000.00 gratuity from the National Police Commission.

PNP members of the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund are also entitled to death insurance ranging from P225,000.00 to P417,000.00 depending on rank.

These death benefits are on top of the estimated P15,000 monthly lifetime pension from the PNP and roughly the same amount of pension for five years from the Napolcom. (PNP-PIO)

ESPINA SACKS BUDGET OFFICER OVER DELAYED DISBURSEMENT

PNP Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Director General Leonardo A Espina has approved the administrative relief of a police budget officer over allegations of delayed disbursement of food provisions for PNP personnel deployed for security operations during the 5-day State Visit of Pope Francis.

Espina acted swiftly and decisively on the recommendation of the PNP Director for Comptrollership to place Police Superintendent Evangeline Martos under administrative relief pending investigation.

Martos is erstwhile budget officer of the Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG) a National Support Unit that was tasked to provide close-in security to dignitaries and member of the Papal entourage.

On instructions of Espina, Martos will also undergo Pre-Charge Evaluation by the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM).

This developed as an investigation into the alleged delay in disbursement of food provisions during the 5-day police operation is still ongoing.

PNP Spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Wilben Mayor clarified that the fund support released by the National Headquarters to PNP units involved in the operations was for “food provisions” and not as individual “meal allowance”.

“It was not supposed to be given out as cash to police personnel, but was supposed to be allotted as provisions for food for the troops,” Mayor said.

 However, because of the changes in the deployment plan and the exigency of the situation prompted by the sheer volume of police personnel that was deployed in the Papal Visit events, some Unit Commanders considering further the peculiarities and demands of each area decided to give cash instead.

Mayor said that the OIC has already instructed the Directorates for Logistics and Comptrollership to come-up with a plan to provide “standard messing” to PNP Units that will participate in similar police operations in the future including the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) at Clark Freeport.

“We hope this plan will become logistics best practices that will form part of logistics management doctrine in the PNP,” Mayor said. (PNP-PIO)

PNP HONORS 25,000 COPS WHO GUARDED POPE

The 28,000 police personnel deployed for security and public safety operations during the 5-day State Visit and Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis will be recognized thru an award as the highlight of the 24th PNP Foundation Day.

The PNP security contingents from the National Headquarters and National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will receive their award on Monday (January 26) in line with the celebration of the founding anniversary of the Philippine National Police.

On the other hand, a simultaneous awarding ceremony for the security contingents of the Papal Visit 2015 for the Provincial Regional Offices (PROs) will be held on February 2, 2015 in their respective offices.

Another highlight of the event is the ceremonial signing of the PNP Leader’s Integrity Pledge which is mandated by PNP Command Memorandum Circular No. 1 – 2015 entitled Institutionalization of the PNP Integrity Initiative to be led by OIC, PNP PDDG Leonardo A. Espina, officials from the different Government Agencies, Police Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers (PCOs and PNCOs) and a representative of Non-Uniformed Personnel.

Every January, the PNP celebrates its Founding Anniversary to inspire and remind police officers of the PNP’s mission to enforce the law, prevent and control crimes, maintain peace and order, and ensure public safety and internal security with the active support of the community. (PNP-PIO)

785 INP PENSIONERS GET 900-M FUND FROM DBM

The PNP through the Land Bank of the Philippines already started the crediting to the Integrated National Police (INP) ATM Pension Accounts the payment of pension differentials for FYs 1991-2006 to the 785 verified and certified by Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) as eligible INP pensioners.

INP Pensioners who will receive said pension differentials are INP Retirees, INP Transferees and INP Survivors who had rendered service before the enactment of RA 6975.

The amount required to implement the pension differentials of the said 785 eligible INP pensioners for FYs 1991-2006 will be charged against the supplemental budget released by DBM authorized under Republic Act No. 10633 or the General Appropriations Act FY 2014.

However, according to PCSupt Virgil F Bombita, Director of the PNP Retirement and Benefits Administration Service (PRBS), out of the 785 INP pensioners, there are twenty-six (26) pensioners deleted and twenty-five (25) pensioners who do not have PNP ATM Pension Accounts.

In connection with the report of PRBS, the said 26 deleted pensioners and 25 pensioners without ATM Pension Account must coordinate to the PRBS to know what to do on how to claim their pension differentials.

“The funds for this adjustment shall be charged against the Pension and Gratuity Fund under RA 10633 (General Appropriations Act FY 2014)” said PDir Rolando A Purugganan, the PNP Director for Comptrollership.(PNP-PIO)

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