Monday, March 21, 2011

NBI modernization needed says Angara

SENATE OFFICE, Manila, March 22, 2011-Senator Edgardo J. Angara urged the government to fast track the development of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as one of the leading agencies tasked to look into all sorts of crimes and offenses against the Philippine laws.

Angara called for the strengthening of one of the country’s premier law enforcement agencies to enhance the country’s investigative capabilities to solve various cases. 

“As an agency tasked to look into all sorts of crimes and offenses against Philippine laws, we must fast track the development of the NBI so that they are able to stay a step ahead,” Angara said, where he filed Senate Bill No. 2724 otherwise known as the NBI Reorganization and Modernization Act of 2011.

He said that the bill seeks to enhance the NBI’s effectiveness through a twofold plan; to wit, first, modernizing its investigative programs to address the rapidly changing needs of the times and acquiring state-of-the-art investigative and intelligence equipment to keep up with the global developments in technology; and second, by securing the welfare of its employees: adequate compensation packages, benefits and privileges, health and accident insurance, and scholarship grants for their continuing education and training.

Angara said that with all that is happening in the world and in our very own country, we cannot afford to have a law enforcement agency which struggles to keep pace with events due to obsolete equipment or lack of training. It is for our own good that we develop and maintain a highly competent core of investigators.

The NBI is an agency of the government under the department of justice which is responsible for handling and solving sensational cases that are in the interest of the nation and a government entity that is civilian in character and national in scope headed by a director and with an assistant director and six deputy director for special investigation services (SIS); regional operation services (ROS); intelligence services (IS); technical services (TS); administrative services (AS)and comptroller services (CS). (Jason de Asis) 

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