To make sure it can fulfill its peacekeeping and defense duties, the Armed Forces of the Philippines may want to adopt the 15-85 formula that the Philippine National Police adopted nearly 20 years ago.
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson made the suggestion Tuesday at the budget hearing of the Defense Department at the Senate, noting this worked for the PNP when he headed it from 1999 to 2001.
“If I may suggest, ang ideal is 15-85,” Lacson said, referring to the ratio of personnel who should stay in headquarters and who should be deployed to the field.
He said this 15-85 formula applies not only to personnel but also to the deployment of logistics and maintenance and other operating expenses.
As PNP chief, Lacson made sure 85 percent of police personnel and resources were deployed to the field, to maintain peace and order.
He said it is just as important that up to 85 percent of resources are also downloaded to the field, as the personnel there may be the first to face threats.
“(S)ila rin dapat gumagamit ng pondo, sa field… It worked sa PNP during my time,” he said.