The Philippine National Police has implemented the new rank classification and abbreviation that shall be used in all manner of organization communications.

This is after the Implementing Rules and Regulations for Republic Act No. 11200 entitled, “An Act Providing for the Rank Classification in the Philippine National Police, Amending for the purpose Section 28 of Republic Act No. 6975, as amended, otherwise known as the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990” was signed last march 25, 2019

Under the new law, the PNP rank classification will be distinct because the ranks will be preceded by the word “Police”. The new rank classification and abbreviation in the PNP are as follows:

Police Director General - Police General, PGEN

Police Deputy Director General - Police Lieutenant General, PLTGEN

Police Director - Police Major General, PMGEN

Police Chief Superintendent - Police Brigadier General, PBGEN

Police Senior Superintendent - Police Colonel, PCOL

Police Superintendent - Police Lieutenant Colonel, PLTCOL

Police Chief Inspector - Police Major, PMAJ

Police Senior Inspector - Police Captain, PCPT

Police Inspector - Police Lieutenant, PLT

Senior Police Officer IV - Police Executive Master Sergeant, PEMS

Senior Police Officer III - Police Chief Master Sergeant, PCMS

Senior Police Officer II - Police Senior Master Sergeant, PSMS

Senior Police Officer I - Police Master Sergeant, PMSg

Police Officer III - Police Staff Sergeant, PSSg

Police Officer II - Police Corporal, PCpl

Police Officer I - Patrolman/Patrolwoman, Pat

The new law clarifies the command and responsibility of the PNP for effective and efficient supervision and control among its uniformed personnel.

“The rank classification will also contribute to more performance output and productivity from the police for having high morale as they will be called again the way they were addressed before, in contrast to the present rank classification, which the public still find difficult to follow and understand”, PNP spokesperson PCOL Bernard Banac said.

He also added that no matter how police personnel are called, what is important is their professionalism, competence and genuine service to the public.

On February 8, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act 11200 which standardizes the way PNP officers are called.