MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it started to activate “survivor officers” to ensure quick processing of claims and benefits by families of deceased police officers. In a statement, PNP Officer In Charge, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, said that the police force already observed the provisions of PNP Memorandum Circular 2017-075 published on Dec 26, 2017, through the PNP Retirement and Benefits Administration Service (PRBS) to lessen the burden of the beneficiaries of posthumously retired/separated PNP member in the processing of claims and to ensure the expeditious release of their benefits.
Under this policy, the chief of office and unit commander of a deceased PNP member is mandated to designate a “survivor officer” tasked to assist the bereaved family or beneficiary in securing the documents required in the processing and timely release of death benefit claims.
The survivor officers are also tasked to regularly coordinate with the bereaved family and update them on the status of the processing of the benefits due them.
“With this development, there is no need for the surviving spouse or any of the beneficiary to personally appear and process their claims at the NHQ as the concerned Units, thru the survivor officers, are primarily responsible for the collection and submission of all pertinent requirements for the filing, processing and subsequent crediting of their death benefit claims directly to the ATM of the surviving spouse and/or their beneficiary”, Eleazar said.
In his public address on Monday night, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to “simplify” the process of claiming death benefits for the families of deceased cops.
Duterte said the Napolcom must ensure that the bereaved families will no longer have to travel from their respective provinces to the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City just to claim benefits.
He described it as a “disgrace to government” allowing deceased policemen’s kin to spend their own money to get the death benefits when the agency could simply assign the task to their regional offices. (PNA)