June 6, 2012
ANGARA BACKS MEASURE TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC SAFETY SCHOOL
Recognizing the crucial role of public safety officials in securing peace and order in the country, Senator Edgardo J. Angara called for the immediate passage of a bill seeking to strengthen the country's primary training institution for policemen, firemen and jail guards.
Senate Bill No. 2618 seeks to grant fiscal autonomy and flexibility to the Philippine Public Safety College System (PPSC), which has been in existence for 22 years. It was created under Republic Act 6975 or the Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990.
"Since it is operating under the DILG, it has very limited powers and duties, with a budget dependent on its parent agency," said Angara as he sponsored the Philippine Public Safety College System Act of 2012 on the floor yesterday.
"Keeping order, enforcing the law and protecting the people's safety are put in the hands of our policemen, firemen and jail guards. It is therefore important to ensure that they get the proper training and continuing education so that they can continue to handle the increasing demands of their positions."
Angara, chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, explained that the said bill would basically turn the PPSC into a state-run educational institution, much like the SUC's (state universities and colleges) under regulated by the Commission of Higher Education.
"The passage of this bill into law would greatly improve the capabilities and expertise of the men and women who act as our first line of defense in times of emergency and crisis," he stressed.
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