Sustaining Programs Beyond Short Leadership Stints
In a bid to ensure the continuity of programs and projects, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. is expressing his desire for a prolonged tour of duty for his successor. Acorda, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1991, assumed the top PNP leadership on April 24 and is set to step down on December 3, reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.
The Call for Continuity in Leadership
“As far as I am concerned, a longer tour of duty would be better, especially because of the current system when it takes time to request for funds,”
Acorda conveyed during an interaction with reporters after the Philippine Military Academy honored him with a testimonial parade at Fort Del Pilar on Saturday.
The Pitfalls of Frequent Leadership Changes
Acorda raised concerns about the potential drawbacks of constant changes in leadership within the PNP. He emphasized that shorter tenures may lead to shifts in priorities, changes in mindset, and alterations in the implementation of programs and projects. The Chief of the Philippine National Police underscored the importance of maintaining consistency in budget requests and program execution.
Striving for Unity in PNP Leadership
“If a Chief of the Philippine National Police has less than a year, there could be a change of mindset. There could be a change in priorities and the new Chief of the Philippine National Police may have other ways of implementing programs and projects,”
“So it would be better that there should be continuity in asking for the budget and in the implementation.”
Drawing Parallels with the Armed Forces
Acorda drew attention to the fixed term of three years for key positions in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as mandated by Republic Act 11709 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 13, 2022. He highlighted the importance of stability in leadership positions to ensure consistent policy implementation and strategic planning.
Paving the Way for a Legislative Framework
Included in this legislation are positions such as the chief of staff, vice chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, major service commanders (Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy), unified command commanders, and inspector general “unless sooner terminated by the President.”
Acorda’s Legacy: Engaging Communities and Encouraging Interaction
Acorda expressed his desire to be remembered as the Philippine National Police chief who actively engaged and encouraged community interaction with the police. Leading the PNP, he believes, is part of his destiny, a path he embraced after rigorous academics, militaristic training, and leadership development.
Embracing Destiny and Leadership Preparedness
“I never imagined that I will become the Chief PNP, but having passed through the rigors of academics, militaristic, and leadership training somehow it prepared me. Malaking bagay ‘yung tinuro ng academy sa akin (The academy taught me well),”
Acorda reflected on his unexpected journey to the helm of the Philippine National Police.