A former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and Philippine Military Academy (PMA) batch 1971, Senator Panfilo M. Lacson suggested today at the budget hearing of the Defense Department at the Senate to adopt the 15-85 formula that the PNP adopted nearly 20 years ago to make sure the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) can fulfill its peacekeeping and defense duties.
“If I may suggest, ang ideal is 15-85,” Lacson said, referring to the ratio of personnel who should stay in headquarters and who should be deployed to the field.
He explained that this 15-85 formula applies not only to personnel but also to the deployment of logistics and maintenance and other operating expenses.
As PNP chief from November 1999 to January 2001, Lacson made sure 85 percent of police personnel and resources were deployed to the field, to maintain peace and order.
He said it is just as important that up to 85 percent of resources are also downloaded to the field, as the personnel there may be the first to face threats.
“Sila rin dapat gumagamit ng pondo, sa field – it worked sa PNP during my time,” he said.
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