PNP activates ‘buddy system’ program for pensioners

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will implement a “buddy system” in tracking and monitoring police pensioners nationwide to promote camaraderie between active and retired police personnel.


“This new program will be implemented in three phases as a buddy system which includes matching and pairing with an Active Personnel Buddy to a Pensioner-Buddy; Initial Wellness Check and Visitation of the Pensioner; Quarterly Wellness Check and Visitation,” PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said in a statement on Saturday.


He said police personnel with the rank of lieutenant colonel down to patrolman/patrolwoman will be tapped in consolidating and reporting information and condition of pensioners and to be assessed by PNP Retirement and Benefits Administration Service (PRBS) and the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) for further enhancement of the program dubbed as “Pensioner Ko Sagot Ko”(PKSK).


“The core objective of this program is to foster a sense of camaraderie and fellowship between and among 207,866 PNP personnel in active service and about 90,000 pensioners nationwide,” he added.


PRBS launched on February 26 the “Oplan Bilang” with the support of 17 regional directors of police regional offices (PROs) nationwide as kick-off development in accounting, updating, and collecting biometrics of pensioners.


However, due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, the program was cut short following the declaration of a national health emergency.


In April, the program was continued with the help of 17 PROs and its subordinate units down to police stations to locate and account all pensioners.


Gamboa also tapped regional directors to take the lead in accounting the remaining 17,145 pensioners due on June 7 wherein 13,523 pensioners were accounted.


As of January 2020, there are 92,215 pensioners who are included in the alpha list and funded under the PNP Pension Fund allocated in the 2020 General Appropriations Act.


Gamboa acted upon the concerns after only 50 percent or 43,991 pensioners updated their records in 2019 and ordered the PRBS to review and conduct inventory and accounting of pensioners due to a very low turn-out.


“My objective was to continue strengthening the gains of Modified Nationwide Accounting of Pensioners in accounting and updating records of our pensioners who are residing in different cities and municipalities nationwide. Some of them are currently living abroad,” Gamboa said.


In its initial implementation, police officers were sent to monitor the condition and status of some police retirees since last month. (PNA)


Source: Philippines News Agency

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