PNP election order: Retiring officials to vacate posts now
MANILA, Philippines – Stressing the need to ensure that the government’s security preparations for the May 10 polls go as planned, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is directing all its retiring police officials to immediately vacate their posts ahead of their retirement schedule.
Camp Crame, the PNP’s national headquarters, issued a memorandum to all police regional and ground commanders, ordering them to relieve their subordinates that are due to retire between April 15 and June 30.
“This move is meant to ensure that our line commanders are still focused on their job and not distracted nor hesitant to do action because of their impending retirement,” the memorandum said.
The memorandum, signed by PNP Director General Jesus Versoza, was issued to all police regional, provincial, municipal and national support unit commanders.
“All regional directors, directors of national support units who are affected by this directive, are advised to submit their non-duty status as soon as possible,” Versoza said in his memo.
The memo also said that all other police officials that are to be affected by the directive are likewise encouraged to file for non-duty status with their respective administrative officers.
“So that they (retiring police officials) can prepare their necessary documentation for retirement,” the memorandum said, which was issued for the immediate compliance of affected officers.
The PNP Chief, in a chance interview with reporters at Camp Crame, explained that the move was necessary to ensure that the security plans and preparations for the May 10 Elections are not disrupted.
“There was an information to the commanders na yung mga [that those who are] retirable up to the end of the election period, may be encouraged to file a non-duty status for them to be replaced by new ones. But this is voluntary,” Versoza said.
“It is hard to change commanders in the field especially during the elections. There could be some vacuum, so it’s difficult for us, especially for the leaders on the ground,” he added.
Versoza added there’s nothing wrong with this move since retiring police officials are given the choice of going on non-duty status months before their actual retirement date.
A police official is compulsory retired from active police service when he or she reaches the age of 56. But the official has the option to go on non-duty status six-months before turning 56. (Anthony Vargas)