The Philippine National Police Region Vi recently conducted a physical inventory of all police retirees in the province at the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office in Bacolod City.
PRO 6 Finance deputy chief Jess Mendez said the inventory is being conducted by Police Regional Offices nationwide and that there are about 3,000 retirees in Western Visayas.
Mendez said they will also visit those who are reportedly bed-ridden to check if they are still alive, since there are cases where deaths of retirees are not reported. Sometimes it is reported and later they continue to issue checks to the beneficiaries, he said.
Last month they discovered some fake claimants, Mendez said, hence the inventory so the government will not incur more loses, he said.
Retired Police Chief Inspector Castor Laluma, a member of Negros Occidental Constabulary Police Retirees Association, said the inventory is being conducted to ensure that when the PNP releases checks to the pensioners, they will go to the real survivor. So far, however, no fake claimants have been reported in Negros, he said.
Meanwhile, Bacolod Rep. Anthony Golez Jr. said the organizational structure of the Philippine National Police should be studied, when asked for his reaction on the proposed abolition of police regional offices.
Golez , a member of the House Committee on Peace and Order, said “If it is just layer that will add to the bureaucracy, then it is useless. But if it is a layer that is well functional and at the same time if it speeds up the delivery of services at the fastest rate then, it should not be demolished.”
The National Police Commission is studying a House Resolution implementing a major change in the organization of the PNP, that will effectively abolish all regional police offices nationwide.
Under the proposed PNP re-organization plan, 17 PNP regional offices, including the National Capital Region Police Office, will be abolished and replaced by the seven areas of command to decentralize the resources of the national police.
Cavite First District Rep. Jose Abaya said the seven areas of command will focus only on administrative and logistic matters, while operations will be handled by provincial police offices.
Napolcom vice chairman Eduardo Escueta said a technical working group has already been created to study the proposal.*CGS