MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, on Friday said all schooling and training for cops are suspended as the police force battles a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.
Eleazar said this decision arrived with the approval of PNP chief, Gen. Debold Sinas, upon recommendation of the service’s Human Resource and Doctrine Development to temporarily suspend mandatory and specialized courses and training in the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) and those supervised by the PNP Training Service.
“This is in view of the spike of Covid-19 cases in the country, particularly in the National Capital Region, and a similar increase in coronavirus infections among PNP personnel,” he added.
Eleazar said all NPTI all ongoing mandatory courses will be suspended until March 30, after which the resumption of classes shall be subject to assessment and evaluation.
“All approved Skills and Development Training under the Master Training Action Plan 2021 and specialized courses provided by the PNP Training Service are temporarily suspended for 30 days starting March 16, 2021,” he added.
Eleazar said he also approved the HRDD recommendation to continue blended learning composed of face-to-face and virtual classes, with the strict observance of health precautionary measures at the PNP Academy and at the National Police College.
He, however, said frontline services provided by various PNP offices will continue, except for the PNP Retirement and Benefits Administration Service which caters mostly to senior citizens
These frontline offices will also implement strict safety and health protocols while catering to a limited number of clients.
“I also approved a recommendation by the director of the HSS for the transfer of the Central Processing Assistance Area to a site adjacent to the entrance gate of the Transformation Oval to limit the movement of clients inside Camp Crame and ensure the availability of parking spaces for clients,” Eleazar said. (PNA)