Police personnel in Bohol have been preparing for the looming nationwide revamp since announced by President Rodrigo Duterte even prior to his official take over at the MalacaÃ±ang.
Surprise random drug tests could serve as reference in shortlisting in the positioning process as the drug menace is considered the top concern of PNP functions under the present administration.
A rigid review of performance will also form the determining factor in the PNP personnelâ€™s qualification for their new assignments.
Officers reportedly involved in the illegal drugs trade would be subjected to a fast administrative proceedings and when proven guilty would no longer be included in the positioning process as they would be dismissed from service outright.
The mulled revamp will be â€œmassiveâ€ instead of the usual reshuffling routine only based on the rule governing the number of years in an assignment.
Duterte also described it as â€œmassiveâ€ in a sense that the revamp will overhaul the entire PNP hierarchy from top to bottom, including rank-and-file personnel.
The move is consistent to the Presidentâ€™s commitment to totally rid the organization of personnel involved in illegal activities.
While the campaign against illegal drugs is a specific mission, a cure to â€œsloppy performanceâ€ is for the general coverage of the paradigm shift.
A parallel revamp will also be implemented on theÂ Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), particularly the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinglupa, and Iwahig Penal Colony; and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
A possible scenario could be urban cops reassigned to aÂ rebelsâ€™ lair in far-flung areas of Mindanao, while rural cops will have a taste of urban law enforcement.
The random drug tests of all police officers started on July 1 as part of the requisites for the shortlisting.
Duterte tends to give more weight on potentials for pro-active measures, if possible, the capacity to intercept crimes at inception stage.
In his earlier public statements, Duterte said that if the â€œmassiveâ€ revamp would still prove futile in the reformation of the PNP, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will temporarily take over in law enforcement duties- -particularly the illegal drugs, and jail management.