Monday, February 23, 2015

Albay police advisory council seeks legal assistance trust fund for cops

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 21 (PNA) -- The Albay Provincial Police Office (APPO) Provincial Advisory Council has approved for endorsement to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay a resolution for the Establishment and Perpetuation of a Philippine National Police Legal Assistance Services Trust Fund in the province, APPO chief, Senior Supt. Marlo S. Meneses, said Saturday.

The resolution aims to encourage all PNP personnel to really perform well and optimize their potentials in the discharge of their official functions by establishing a program that will provide a financial buffer to qualified PNP personnel who are facing work-related criminal, administrative and civil cases for the purpose of granting them legal assistance support.

“The nature and scope of work of all PNP personnel on active field duty is probablistically open to legal liabilities and are subject of a complaint or under disciplinary action relating to or in connection with the discharge of their official functions,” Dr. Gianelli Q. Besana, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Assistant Director of the National Police Commission-Bicol, said in proposing the resolution.

In fact, Besana said, the increasing criminal, administrative and civil cases faced by the PNP personnel in connection with the performance of their official duties have put to disadvantage innocent PNP personnel who cannot sustain the financial burden of maintaining a credible and professional experienced legal counsel.

She said she pities PNP personnel in this kind of dilemma who have to get from their take home income to pay for litigation expenses, leaving them in miserable financial condition.

The trust fund will be financed with an amount of Php500,00 annually to be sourced from the peace and order fund and the gender and development fund of the province, which is targeted to be augmented by similar funds of city and municipal government units and private charitable institutions.

Besana said the sourcing of target funding finds backbone in the provision of the Local Government Code of 1991, which states that local government units shall exercise powers expressly granted, as well as powers necessary, appropriate or incidental for is efficient governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare.

Vice Governor Harold Ong Imperial said he will ensure the approval of the proposed resolution by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay.

“If approved, the province of Albay will be again pioneering in a noble project,” Imperial said.(PNA) LAM/FGS/CBD/pjn