50 NBI personnel placed on floating status

August 4, 2010 10:51 am 

MANILA, Aug. 3 –Following the abolition of six divisions of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) due to overlapping and redundancy of functions, some 50 bureau agents were placed on a “floating status.”

Special Investigator IV Cecilio Zamora, NBI spokesperson, said the 50 agents, including ranking officials of the bureau, came from the Background Intelligence Division (BID), Field Operations Division (FOD), Intelligence Special Operations Division (ISOD), Anti Kidnapping, Hijacking, Armed Robbery Division (AKHARD), Special Action Unit, and the Special Task Force.

The functions of the abolished offices were already transferred to certain divisions, but it does not mean that the abolished personnel will also be assigned to that division.

Zamora said NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula will issue another Administrative Order this week or early next week to make further announcement of the bureau’s reorganization.

The order states that the BID, FOD and ISOD shall be transferred to the Counter Intelligence Division, which is under lawyer Max Salvador; AKHARD to the Anti-Organized Crime Division headed by lawyer Mar Panganiban.

SAU and STF will be transferred to the National Capital Region under Regional Director lawyer Edward Villarta.

The Administrative Orders (AOs) noted that the transfer of the functions of the abolished offices will allow greater coordination, more effective investigation and more efficient administration that will maximize available manpower and resources.

“The chiefs are directed to conduct an inventory of pending cases, equipment and other accountabilities of their respective command for the proper turn-over of the same to the Office of the Deputy Director for Intelligence Services (ODDIS),” read the memo.

Gatdula also directed the chiefs, executive officers, agents, special investigators and support staff of the abolished offices to report to the ODDIS for further instructions.

“This order repeals and supersedes all previous administrative orders, and shall take effect immediately for strict compliance,” also read the memo.

In his administrative order dated July 28, 2010 , Gatdula said the abolition was “consistent with the authority to streamline our bureaucracy and reorganize the administrative structure of the bureau to eliminate redundancy, overlaps, and duplications of functions to achieve economy, efficiency and simplicity.”

The Complaints and Records Division (CRD) was also transferred from the Special Investigation Service to Administrative Service.

With the abolition of the said divisions, Gatdula said he would create new units such as the Death Investigation Division, which will handle cases of the killings of members of the media and militant groups.

Gatdula also plans to create the Environmental and Wildlife Protection Division that response to the environmental concerns. (PNA) RMA/JES

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