Angara improves training institution for firemen, jail guards and PNP By Jason de Asis
SENATE OFFICE, Manila, December 6, 2010-To improve the state’s primary training institution for firemen, jail guards and police force personnel, Senator Edgardo J. Angara, chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture filed Senate Bill No. 2618 which seeks to grant fiscal autonomy and flexibility for the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC).
The Philippine Public Safety College System Act of 2010 cited that the PPSC operates under the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) though the creation of its own charter and has very limited powers and duties.
Angara said that the government is responsible to provide their training and their continuing education for the public safety wherein the said bill would basically turn the PPSC into a state-run educational institution like the SUC’s (state universities and colleges) under the Department of Education Culture and Sports.
“These dedicated safety officials are tasked with keeping order, enforcing the law and protecting the lives and property of our countrymen. By giving PPSC academic freedom, these public workers will be exposed to an improved training program that is responsive to present-day requirements and standards of professional competence,” he said.
PPSC is the primary training facility for the employees of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) which were established under Republic Act 6975. (Jason de Asis)