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NAPOLCOM warns public of INTERPOLCOM’s illegal activities

December 12, 2011

       Interior and Local Government Secretary and National Police Commission Chairman Jesse M. Robredo is warning the public against dealing with the International Police Commission (INTERPOLCOM), an organization engaged in various illegal activities.

       According to Robredo, sometime in 1987, INTERPOLCOM submitted a request to then Executive Secretary Catalino Macaraig for the Office of the President’s recognition of their organization and authority to be given to two (2) of its members to negotiate with the United Nations for any possible financial or budgetary assistance.

       The said letter was referred to the NAPOLCOM, and upon investigation it was revealed that INTERPOLCOM is a non-stock, non-profit organization that is recruiting members from various sectors of society and enticing them with salaries, benefits and privileges such as free transportation rides, issuance of badges, identification cards, and grant of military rank upon payment of Php 500 as membership fee.

       “INTERPOLCOM is also engaged in organized illegal activities under disguise and with a scheme of assisting the duly constituted authorities in the attainment of peace and order and enforcement of law,” Robredo said, adding that “The organization also sent letters and other correspondence to different organizations which impress upon the minds of their recruits and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that INTERPOLCOM is accredited by the Philippine government and the United Nations.”

       NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that last September 7, 2011, six (6) alleged INTERPOLCOM members were apprehended by the composite team from Philippine Center for Transnational Crime, Visayas Field Office (PCTCF-VFO), Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), Military Intelligence Group 7, Airport Police and Regional Intelligence Unit 7 at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport when the group attempted to apply for temporary pass at the airport allegedly to assist airport authorities in gathering of intelligence information.

       The arresting team confiscated five (5) caliber 45 pistols with magazines and ammunitions with fictitious documents to support their carrying of firearms.

       “The NAPOLCOM remains steadfast in preserving the integrity of our agency and has already enjoined and apprised our offices and personnel nationwide on the existence of the INTERPOLCOM and its illegal activities,” Escueta said.

       He added that NAPOLCOM regional directors were also enjoined from accrediting or endorsing any force-multipliers or organizations pertaining to assistance in gathering intelligence information without the proper recommendation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government or the Department of National Defense (DND).

       The Philippine National Police (PNP), through its regional offices nationwide, has been tasked to conduct a thorough investigation on the illegal activities of INTERPOLCOM.

43,374 to take police exams-NAPOLCOM

October 20, 2011

         The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will administer the Philippine National Police ( PNP ) entrance and promotional examinations on October 23, 2011 to a total of 43,374 examinees in designated testing centers nationwide.

       NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta specified that 21,927 will take the PNP entrance examination and 21,447 for the promotional examination.

       Vice-Chairman Escueta added that this Sunday’s examinations will cover the qualifying examinations for Police Officer I and the promotional examinations for Police Officer 2 and 3; Senior Police Officer (for SPO1 to SPO4); Police Inspector (for Inspector and Senior Inspector); and Police Superintendent (for Chief Inspector and Superintendent).

       “The coverage for the PNP entrance examination consists of general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning; while the PNP promotional examinations includes general information, police administration and operations, and values and ethical standards,” Escueta said.

       Director Isidro D. Siriban, NAPOLCOM-Personnel and Administrative Service Chief, said that the examinees are scheduled to proceed to their respective testing centers in Makati City, San Fernando City, Tuguegarao City, Angeles City, Cabanatuan City, Zambales, Aurora, Calamba City, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, Romblon, Legaspi City, Masbate City, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Tacloban City, Pagadian City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, Koronadal City, Sulu, Baguio City and Butuan City.

        “The Commission requires all examinees to strictly observe a dress code in reporting to the examination centers. Applicants for the PNP Entrance examinations should wear plain white T-shirt/polo shirt, dark pants and shoes while those who will take the promotional examinations are required to wear GOA Type B,” Siriban added.    

       Siriban also reminded the examinees to bring their notice of admission, pencil no. 2, black ball pen and any valid identification card with picture. They are also prohibited to bring their cellular phones, pagers or any two-way radio set, calculators, review materials, explosives, or deadly weapons.

       “Firearms should be deposited outside the examination area,” Siriban stressed.

       Siriban also underscored that “anyone who commits any form of examination irregularity, such as cheating, impersonation, perjury, or violation of examination rules, etc., shall be dealt with administratively and/or criminally. In addition, his/her examination results and eligibility shall be invalidated.”

NAPOLCOM Chairman Robredo to lead 2011 national crime prevention week kickoff ceremony

August 31, 2011

       National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Chairman Jesse M. Robredo and other top officials of the NAPOLCOM and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will lead some 1,000 representatives from the business sectors, students, schools and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in a kickoff ceremony to mark the start of the 2011 National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) celebration to be held at the PNP Multi-purpose Center, Camp Crame, Quezon City.

       “The kickoff ceremony symbolizes our commitment to many things that an empowered citizen should do in the cause of peace,” Chairman Robredo said.

       The NCPW, which is observed annually every first week of September, is now on its 17th year with the theme “Pinoy Ako, Crime Prevention Misyon Ko!” “Knock Out Crime!”

       Chairman Robredo said that this year’s theme encourages young Filipinos to adopt crime prevention as their special duty or function considering that safety, is first and foremost, a personal or individual responsibility.

       The yearly observance of the NCPW is an opportunity to highlight the synergy of the various government agencies and nongovernment organizations, particularly the youth sector, in fighting criminality, Robredo said.

       “The importance of community involvement in crime prevention is paramount in our government’s policy and has been widely advocated with regard to crime prevention initiatives, there is a need to focus on the significant role of the youth community-based crime prevention efforts,” Robredo said, adding that, “The focus given to children and youth is in line with the ongoing International Youth Year celebration.”

       Robredo further said that the overall purpose of this year’s celebration is to create awareness and to increase commitment, youth participation and partnerships in the promotion of proactive approaches in reducing crime and victimization.

       “One of the highlights of this year’s kickoff ceremony is the announcement and awarding of winners in the nationwide search for the PNP Model Families, family and solo-parent categories, the first of its kind in the PNP,”Robredo said.

       Winners in the Family Category are: Police Superintendent Andres C. Baccay, Region 2; Senior Police Officer (SPO) III Basilio B. Andres, Jr., Region 1; and, spouses SPO II Arnold G. Cavan and SPO I Marilou P. Cavan, Region 11.

       The solo-parent category winners are: SPO IV Juanito C. Castillo, Jr., Region 12; SPO III Eva Q. Jacob, Region 5; and Police Senior Inspector Eugenia E. Suclad, Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR).

       Robredo will confer the awards and the corresponding cash rewards and plaques to the winners of the search during the affair.

       NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that after its launch in 2009, a team conducted validation sorties for the nominees in the provincial, regional and national levels to determine the first batch of winners of the Search for the PNP Model Families.

       “The search encourages and strengthens partnership between the community and the PNP by highlighting the PNP’s capability as a leader and partner of the community in the maintenance of peace, order and security for an improved socio-economic system.” Said Escueta.

       Escueta added that the Commission, through the NCPW Technical Working Committee composed of representatives from government agencies and NGOs, has lined up various programs and activities that will enhance public appreciation of crime prevention as a way of life.

       One continuing project is the Awareness Drive on Crime and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control in selected schools and universities in Metro Manila to make the students and teachers take active involvement in the prevention of crimes committed inside and outside the school campuses.

       Escueta said that the 2011 NCPW celebration jumpstarted with a series of information and publicity campaign such as radio/TV guestings, and distribution of flyers, leaflets in malls and LRT stations in Metro Manila as early as July.
Another significant activity is the Ugnayan ng Mamamayan at Pulisya sa Metro Manila in Camp Crame, Quezon City on September 7.

       “All these activities aim to draw out the active participation and involvement of the community, in government’s anti-criminality campaign, for an improved socioeconomic development,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM conducts PESE exam for senior PNP officials on Sunday

26 August 2011

        The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will conduct the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) examination for Police Commissioned Officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on August 28, 2011 (Sunday) to be held in strategic testing centers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

       A total of 318 police officials are expected to take the PESE examination in the following testing centers: Camp Crame, Quezon City (for applicants from Luzon), 229; University of Cebu, Banilad City (for applicants from the Visayas), 39; and Davao Doctors College, Malvar Street, Davao City (for applicants from Mindanao), 50.

       According to NAPOLCOM Chairman Jesse M. Robredo, the PESE, an eligibility requirement for the ranks of Police Senior Superintendent (equivalent to colonel in the military) to Police Director General (equivalent to four-star general), focused on six (6) categories: executiveemotional quotient inventory, leadership competency assessment, moral development, job knowledge, communication skills assessment and creative development management.

       NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the PESE, which has two phases – Written Examination and Panel Interview, contains analytical questions on police leadership and police values in order to get the best future leaders or the cream of the crop in the police service.

       “Passers of the Written Examination are eligible to take the second phase which shall be announced later after the release of the Written Examination result,” Escueta said.

       Qualified walk in applicants will be entertained by the NAPOLCOM on the day of the examination. Interested applicants may report to the nearest testing centers on the August 28, 2011, 7:00 a.m. and bring the following: (1.) one piece latest I.D. (1”x1”) and two latest identical I.D. (Passport size) pictures with full name tag that includes the First Name, Middle Name and Surname taken within three months before the date of filing of the application. Pictures that are scanned, photo copied or computer enhanced will not be accepted; (2.) two legal size window envelopes with Php 9.00 worth of mailing stamp for NCR applicants and Php 12.00 for Cebu and Davao applicants affixed on each envelope; and (3) copy of attested appointment (KSS Porma Bldg. 33).

       Examinees are enjoined to wear polo barong during the examination day.

NAPOLCOM reshuffles key officials

August 16, 2011

       To enhance the Commission’s organizational efficiency and effectiveness, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently reshuffled some key officials in its Makati City head office and regional offices nationwide.

       This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta following the issuance of Special Order No. 2011-279 directing the reassignment of four (4) directors (Director III), four (4) assistant directors (Director II) and four (4) officers-in-charge.

       According to VCEO Escueta, the effectivity of the reshuffle took effect on August 15, 2011 after clearing themselves of money and property accountability and winding up official business in their respective previous offices before assuming their new assignments.

       The revamp includes NAPOLCOM-Region 4-a (Calabarzon) Director Yolanda S. Lira who assumes the post of Regional Director of NAPOLCOM-National Capital Region (NCR) from Director Emilio P. Salumbides who isscheduled to retire on August 15, 2011.
 
       NAPOLCOM-Region 9 Director Joseph D. Gonzalo takes over the post of Planning and Research Service (PRS) Service Chief in the NAPOLCOM central office after the recent retirement of Director Lourdes W. Aniceto.

       Also affected by the revamp are NAPOLCOM- Region 11 Director Benjamin A. Florentino who replaces Region 4-a Director Lira, while NAPOLCOM-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Director Macapado T. Guro assumes the jurisdiction of Region 9.

       Designated as Acting Regional Directors in their respective regions are ARMM Director Joseph S. Celis and Region 11 Director Angelito R. Ravanera.

       Director Aileen T. Arcin assumes as Acting Service Chief, Financial Service upon the scheduled retirement of Director Raquel Q. Ramos on August 25, 2011.

       Other senior officials who were designated as officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Office of the Assistant Regional Director in their respective regions are Region 11 Chief Administrative Officer Rebecca D. Paulo and ARMM Atty. Esmael A. Panda.  ARMM Atty. Agnes Agnes R. De Castro-Jagunap was named Acting Chairman ARMM Police Regional Appellate Board.

       At the Commission’s central office, Budget Officer V Ma. Asuncion A. Barrientos assumes her new post as Financial Service Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Assistant Service Chief. Also designated as Internal Audit Service Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Service Chief is NCR-Regional Appellate Board Chairman Atty. Juanita P. Pontanal.

NAPOLCOM conducts motu proprio investigation on alleged PNP anomalies

August 12, 2011

        In its continuing commitment and unrelenting effort to further professionalize the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) leadershipwill conduct a motu proprio investigation of the alleged controversial purchase of three (3) second hand helicopters and other anomalies hounding the PNP.

       According to NAPOLCOM Chairman Jesse M. Robredo, this recent controversy of alleged anomalies is so disturbing that it is now a subject of a Senate Blue Ribbon Committee inquiry.

       “It is imperative that an investigation be conducted and probable culpabilities should be determined and, if warranted, the filing of criminal, civil and administrative charges against all those PNP officers who are still in active service and those who will be determined to be involved in the alleged anomalies, including the working for the restitution of the amount paid during the purchase of the three (3) helicopter units,” Robredo said.

       NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that a Special Investigation Team was already formed last August 5, 2011 to conduct an investigation on the controversial purchase of three (3) second hand helicopters while they were priced as brand new units, 75 rubber boats and 93 outboard engine motors.

       “The Commission is at the forefront of its campaign for an improved police discipline and integrity,” Escueta said, adding that “that is why we are currently reviewing all policies and issuances to strengthen the systems and procedures in the procurement process undertaken by the PNP in the acquisition of all its logistical needs to see to it that the same is in compliance with the provisions of the Government Procurement Reform Act (Republic Act No. 9184) and the policies of the Commission with regard to Specification Standards.”

       The NAPOLCOM is mandated to exercise administrative control and operational supervision over the PNP which involves the power to approve or modify plans and programs on education and training, logistical requirements, communications, records, information systems, crime laboratory, crime prevention and crime reporting.

NAPOLCOM sets PNP exams in October 2011

August 10, 2011

        The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announced the nationwide conduct of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations on  October 23, 2011. The period of filing of applications is from August 15, 2011 to   September 16, 2011.

        NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta averred that “the acceptance of applications shall be on a ‘first come, first-served’ basis and, upon due notice, may be stopped even ahead of the deadline.”

       He added that in view of resource constraints, the NAPOLCOM Regional Offices reserve the right to limit the number of examinees it will accommodate.

        PNP Entrance Examination is open to all Filipino citizens who are not more than 30 years old, bachelor’s degree holder, and 1.57 (female) and 1.62 meters (male) in height.

        “Police Officers I (PO1) whose appointments are temporary for lack of appropriate eligibility are also required to take the PNP Entrance Examination,” Escueta said.

       On the other hand, the Promotional Examinations are open exclusively to all qualified uniformed members of the PNP who meet the minimum qualification standards for examination in terms of rank and eligibility.

        Escueta emphasized that “those who pass the PNP Entrance Examination are conferred by the NAPOLCOM the PNP Entrance eligibility which is appropriate for appointment to the rank of PO1. Also, those who pass the promotional examinations shall be conferred eligibilities appropriate for promotion to the ranks corresponding to the examination’s Eligibility Rank Coverage (ERC).”

        Application forms and index cards can be obtained for free at the NAPOLCOM NCR Office in Guadalupe Nuevo, EDSA, Makati City, at any NAPOLCOM Regional Office, and at www.napolcom.gov.ph. These may also be reproduced using the original size of the Application Form and Index Card.

       Civilian applicants must bring two recent, colored, and identical 1”x1” ID pictures in white background and complete name tag (for PNP members, the name tag shall indicate the rank before the name); one legal size window envelope with P9 worth of mailing stamp (for NCR, CAR, Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) and P12 (for Batanes, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao); transcript of scholastic record or diploma; and birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar or National Statistics Office (NSO). For a PO1 with temporary appointment, a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or Special Order is also required for submission.

         Applicants for the Promotional Examinations should submit the first two requirements mentioned above; a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or PNP Absorption Order; and a Report of Rating/Certification issued by the NAPOLCOM Central Office, CSC Certificate of Eligibility and/or PRC Board Certificate.

        Escueta pointed out that only duly accomplished application forms with all the required documents filed personally and received by the NAPOLCOM Regional Office on or before the deadline for filing shall be accepted. Applications received through postal mail shall not be processed.

        Applicants who failed in these examinations and decided to apply again for the same in the same exam center shall submit only the Admission Slip of the last exam applied for; fill out a new application form and index card with ID pictures; and pay the examination fee.

        Examination fee is P400 for the PNP Entrance and Police Officer Examinations; P450 for Senior Police Officer Examination; P500 for Police Inspector; and P600 for Police Superintendent Examination.

        “The coverage for the PNP Entrance Examination consists of general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning; while the PNP Promotional Examinations includes general information, police administration and operations, and values and ethical standards,” Escueta explained.

        He also warned the applicants that cell phones, pagers or any two-way radio set, calculators, review materials, explosives, or deadly weapons are strictly prohibited during the examinations.

        Escueta also underscored that “anyone who commits any form of examination irregularity, such as cheating, impersonation, perjury, or violation of examination rules, etc., shall be dealt with administratively and/or criminally. In addition, his/her examination results and eligibility shall be invalidated".

NAPOLCOM sets the qualification standards for appointment to PNP ranks

July 20, 2011

      To ensure the quality of officers and future leaders in the police organization, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) en banc recently approved Resolution No. 2011-196 which provides the guidelines on the qualification standards for appointment to the different ranks in the Philippine National Police (PNP).
According to NAPOLCOM Chairman Jesse M. Robredo, the new resolution aims to update and consolidate the current qualification standards and to avoid confusion with regard to mandatory requirements for appointment to the various PNP ranks.

       “Prior to this resolution, a similar issuance, NAPOLCOM Resolution No. 2010-261, was submitted to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for approval and was withdrawn considering that there were certain eligibilities and trainings that were inadvertently overlooked; thus, there is really a need to come-up with an updated and consolidated qualification standards for easy and clear reference,” Robredo said.

       NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the new resolution applies to all Police Non-Commissioners Officers (Police Officer I to Senior Police Officer IV), Police Commissioned Officers (Police Inspector to Police Superintendent) and Third Level Ranks (Police Senior Superintendent to Police Director General) who possess the required education, experience and eligibility before they are considered for promotion to the next higher rank.

       The new resolution provides that Police Commissioned Officers who were promoted to the Third Level Ranks using Police Officer 1st Class and Police Superintendent eligibilities taken prior to CY 2003 and CY 2006, respectively, shall no longer be required to obtain Career Service Executive Eligibility (CSEE), Career Executive Service Eligibility (CESE), Career Executive Officer Eligibility (CEOE) or Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) for promotion to the next higher rank.

        As for the entry level eligibility to the police service, the appropriate eligibilities are as follows: PNP Entrance passers (1998 onwards); R.A. 1080, R.A. 6506, Presidential Decree 907, Career Service Professional and CSC Police Officer Exam (July 1998 onwards).

Escueta further explained that uniformed members of the PNP must comply with the three (3) requirements before they are eligible for promotion to the next higher rank, namely: experience, training and eligibility.

        “As regards the appropriate trainings, the new issuance specifically lists down the trainings from the 2nd level to the 3rd level positions, while experience or time-in grade is maintained at 4 years for POI to be promoted to POII; 3 years for POII to SPOIV to be promoted to POIII to P/ Inspector; 4 years for P/Inspector to be promoted to P/Senior Inspector; 5 years for P/Senior Inspector to P/Chief Inspector to be promoted to P/Chief Inspector to P/Superintendent; 3 years for P/Superintendent to be promoted to P/Senior Superintendent; and 2 years for P/Senior Superintendent to be promoted to P/Chief Superintendent,” Escueta said.

       On the other hand, the time-in grade for the ranks of P/Chief Superintendent up to P/Director General is not required because the President, after NAPOLCOM’s recommendation, has the prerogative to promote them at any given time.

For PNP officers who were recruited from CY 2008 onwards, except Criminology and Bar passers, the eligibility requirement for the ranks of POII and up shall be those conferred by the NAPOLCOM.

       The time-in grade or experience for those promoted in CY 2004 or earlier shall be reckoned from the effectivity date of the General Order or Special Order while those promoted in CY 2005 and onwards shall be the date of the attested appointment.

Escueta clarified that eligibilities acquired as a result of the qualifying examinations that were conducted on October 10, 2004, April 26, 2008 and May 30, 2009 shall be used solely for change of status of appointment which is from temporary to permanent and shall not be used for promotion.

       Consistent to the existing rules and regulations, the NAPOLCOM furnished copies of the said resolution to the University of the Philippines Law Center, the Office of the President and the Civil Service Commission for their reference and confirmation of the latter.

NAPOLCOM sets PESE exam for PNP officials

July 8, 2011

       The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announced the conduct of the 5th Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) Examination on August 28, 2011.

       NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the exam is open to all qualified uniformed officers of the Philippine National Police with the ranks of Police Superintendent and above with permanent status of appointment.

       The Commission will start accepting applications starting July 11 until August 5, 2011. According to VCEO Escueta, the PESE has two phases – Phase I is the Written Examination to be conducted in Metro Manila (NCR), Cebu City and Davao City. Phase II is the Panel Interview for those who passed the Written Examination, the schedule of which shall be announced after the release of the results of the Written Examination. Those who passed both the written and panel interview shall be conferred the Police Executive Service Eligibility by the Commission in an appropriate ceremony.

       NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Chief Director Isidro D. Siriban said that the PESE is an eligibility requirement for promotion to the third level ranks of Police Senior Superintendent, Chief Superintendent, Police Director, Police Deputy Director General and Police Director General. The exam will focus on six (6) categories: executive emotional quotient inventory, leadership competency assessment, moral development, job knowledge, communication skills assessment and creative development management.  

       PNP members should file personally or by mail their application form in any of the 17 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices indicating their choice of examination center. The applicants shall submit the following: (1.) properly accomplished examination form (Written Examination Form 1) and index card; (2.) One piece latest I.D. (1”x1”) and two latest identical I.D. (Passport size) pictures with full name tag that includes the First Name, Middle Initial and Surname taken within three months before the date of filing of the application. Pictures that are scanned, photo copied or computer enhanced will not be accepted; (3.) two legal size window envelopes with P9.00 worth of mailing stamp for NCR applicants and P12.00 for Cebu and Davao applicants AFFIXED on each; and (4.) copy of attested appointment (KSS Porma Bldg. 33). They shall pay also the examination fee of P700.

       Qualified applicants will be notified through a notice of admission and must wear polo barong during the examination day.

NAPOLCOM joins Puerto Princesa Underground River’s 7 wonders of nature bid

July 5, 2011

       The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) joins the Campaign Task Force chaired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to formulate and undertake aggressive voting campaign for the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) to be one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature (N7WN).

        NAPOLCOM Chairman Jesse M. Robredo enjoins the DILG Family – the NAPOLCOM, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) and Local Government Units (LGUs) to  work together to ensure that the PPUR will be proclaimed as one of the N7WN on November 11, 2011.

       In compliance with Proclamation No. 182 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on June 3, 2011, the task force will undertake an extensive voting campaign at the national level, focusing on students and local government units, and at the international level especially among oversees Filipinos and nationals of other countries.

        The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is considered the longest underground river in the world, with unique and outstanding scientific, biological and geological features that merited its being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and being declared as a National Geographic Monument in 2003.

        NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that all officials and employees of the Commission in the central and regional offices are encouraged to vote for PPUR to be one of the N7WN via text voting: SEND PPUR to 2861 [cost per each SMS sent Php 2.00 (Sun) and Php 2.50 (Globe, Smart)] and Internet Voting: Log on to www.new7wonders.com.

NAPOLCOM authorizes PNP Chief to promote 31,614 police officers

June 17, 2011  

        In its continuing effort to boost the morale of the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently approved the filling up of 31,614 promotional vacancies for the ranks of Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) to Police Superintendent (equivalent to lieutenant colonel in the military) under the Phase I CY 2011 2nd Level Regular Promotion Program.

       NAPOLCOM Chairman Jesse M. Robredo said that the Commission en banc recently approved Resolution No. 2011-177 granting the Chief, PNP, P/Director General Raul M. Bacalzo, the authority to fill up promotional vacancies in the second level ranks in order to stabilize the pyramidal structure of the PNP organization.

       “The PNP regular promotion program is aimed at promoting the best and most qualified Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) and Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs),” Robredo said.

       According to NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta, the PNP has been authorized to fill up 312 promotional slots for superintendent; 263 for chief inspector; 1,093 for senior inspector; 473 for inspector; 6,669 for SPO4; 10,020 for SPO3; 5,749 for SPO2; and 7,035 for SPO1.

       “The Commission enjoins the PNP to conduct a nationwide information dissemination on said promotional vacancies and to strictly follow the existing policies and guidelines on promotion,” Escueta said, adding that “screening and evaluation of applicants shall never be conducted without the presence of a NAPOLCOM representative.”

      The PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (PNP-DPRM) is directed to publish said promotional vacancies in conspicuous places for at least 10 calendar days as provided under Republic Act No. 7041 (Publication Law) and CSC Memorandum Circular No. 16 s. 2005.

      “Members of the PNP Promotion Boards are required to ensure transparency in the implementation of procedures and guarantee the promotion of the best and most qualified police officers; otherwise, they would be subjected to administrative sanctions,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM sets new guidelines for lateral entrants in the police service

June 8, 2011

          In its unrelenting effort to continuously ensure that only the best and most qualified individuals are admitted in the police service, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently issued NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 2011-005 amending the prescribed sequential procedures in the processing of lateral entry applicants in the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the guidelines on probationary period as provided for under the NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 2008-006.

        According to NAPOLCOM Chairman Jesse M. Robredo, the new memorandum was issued after the Commission found the need to amend NAPOLCOM MC No. 2008-006 in order to attune it with recent developments and address the current issues at hand and to ensure the appointment of the best and most qualified lateral entry applicants.

        NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the proposed amendments are intended to ensure the entry of physically and mentally fit lateral entrants, expedite the resolution of cases involving termination of officer on probationary period, and save resources on the part of the PNP.  

       One of the salient provisions of the revised memorandum is the prescribed sequential procedure in the processing of applicants for lateral entry. The procedure will start with the Psychological and/or Neuro-Psychiatric Test to exclude applicants who may be suffering from any mental disorder. Afterwards are the physical and medical examination; character background investigation; drug test; physical agility test; final interview; and the final deliberation and selection of highly qualified candidates for appointment.

        Section 33 of Republic Act No. 6975 (PNP Law) provides that all original appointments of commissioned officers in the PNP starts with the rank of police inspector (equivalent to lieutenant) to include those with highly technical qualifications, namely, dentists, optometrists, nurses, engineers and graduates of forensic sciences.

       Doctors of medicine, members of the Philippine Bar, chaplains and psychologists are qualified for appointment to the rank of police senior inspector (equivalent to captain) in the PNP technical service offices.

The new MC also provides guidelines on the termination of service of a PNP lateral entrant for unsatisfactory conduct of performance while under probationary period.

        Termination of service maybe initiated by the appropriate Regional Director, Police Regional Office (PRO) or Director, National Support Unit (NSU) based on the investigation/official report of the case against any PNP member or upon a verified complaint of any person accompanied with sworn statements and documents in support thereof. The case shall be referred to the designated Termination Hearing Officer (THO) at the PNP National Headquarters, PRO or NSU for review and Summary Termination Proceedings. The THO concerned shall render its findings and recommendations within ten (10) days upon receipt of the case folder and submit a recommendation to the Chief, PNP based on the merits of the case.

NAPOLCOM seats mayors as head of ad hoc body to screen police recruits in their locality

June 7, 2011

        In an effort to ensure the entry of highly qualified individuals into the police service and to strengthen the human resource capability of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently issued Memorandum Circular No. 2011-007 which authorizes Mayors to head the ad hoc body that conducts initial screening of police recruits in their locality.

        According to NAPOLCOM Chairman Jesse M. Robredo, the new memorandum circular empowers all City/Municipal Mayors to fully exercise their mandated authority to recommend from a list of eligibles previously screened by the peace and order council the appointment of new members of the PNP to be assigned to their respective cities or municipalities.

        “The new MC, which amends Section IV (C) of Memorandum Circular No. 2007-009 prescribing the guidelines in the recruitment and selection process at the city and municipal levels, gives the local chief executives a free hand to oversee the recruitment process in their community; thus, ensuring that only local applicants will be considered in the recruitment process,” Robredo said.

        NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the new recruitment guidelines also prescribes for the inclusion in the ad hoc body of a Peace and Order Council member and a woman representative from a non-government organization in compliance with the gender and development (GAD) program of the government.

         “The Deputy City Director, Deputy Chief of Police or PNP City/Municipal Police Station Administrative Officer shall serve as the Secretariat who shall publish the list of applicants in at least five (5) public places and through the local media to encourage the public to report any information relative to the worthiness of the applicant to become a law enforcer in their community,” Escueta said.

       Under the new memorandum, applicants are required to submit additional documents to include copy of two (2) valid IDs with picture, signature and address and certificate of good moral character issued by the applicant’s college or university. Other mandatory requirements are the following: duly accomplished CSC Form 212; birth certificate authenticated by NSO; report of rating authenticated by the issuing authority; two (2) pcs. 2x2 black and white picture with the applicant’s name; transcript of scholastic records and diploma; clearances from Barangay, Local Police Station, RTC/MTC and NBI; and medical certificate issued by the local health officer.

       In another Resolution, the NAPOLCOM granted the Chief, PNP authority to recruit 8,734 Police Officer 1 under the PNP attrition recruitment program for the first semester of CY 2011. The total quota of 8,734 PO1s shall be distributed to the City/Municipal Police Stations of the 17 Police Regional Offices (PRO) nationwide, as follows: PRO I - 417; PRO II - 334; PRO III - 713; PRO IV-A - 681; PRO IV-B - 202; PRO V - 485; PRO VI - 636; PRO VII - 530; PRO VIII - 450; PRO IX - 347; PRO X - 411; PRO XI - 433; PRO XII - 376; PRO XIII - 257; PRO CAR - 302; PRO ARMM - 530; and NCRPO - 1,630.

       The new distribution of the recruitment quota was based on the number of PNP uniformed personnel who were attrited for reasons of retirement, death, dropped from the rolls, separation, dismissal and resignation from the service in the Police Regional Offices. 

       “The present recruitment program intends to augment personnel strength in the Police Regional Offices and enhance the police visibility program of the PNP,” Escueta concluded.

Search for Model PNP Families on - NAPOLCOM

June 1, 2011

       The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), through the National Crime Prevention Week Technical Working Committee (NCPW-TWC), is currently accepting nominations for the Search for Model PNP Families in a bid to highlight the image of the police as a family man and help them induce positive change in the community by serving as role models.

        DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Jesse M. Robredo said that “the Search intends to strengthen the PNP-Integrated Transformation Program (PNP-ITP) objectives by motivating and encouraging law enforcers of putting more emphasis and value on the moral aspect of the transformation program of the PNP for a more competent, respectable and responsive police force.”

        The nationwide Search, which has two categories, namely, Family Category and Solo Police Parent Category, is open to all families of PNP uniformed personnel with legitimate or legally adopted child/children.

        A nominee for the Family Category must be legally married, living together for at least 10 years and has been serving in the police force for at least 10 years. For the Solo Police Parent Category, a nominee must be a widow/widower or separated for at least five (5) years and has been serving in the police force for at least five (5) years.

        NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that candidates may be nominated by members of the local government units (LGUs), nongovernment organizations (NGOs) or fellow police officers using the nomination form which may be downloaded from the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph or the PNP website at www.pnp.gov.ph.

        “For purposes of contestability, the names of qualified nominees shall be published in the newspapers and posted in the NAPOLCOM and PNP websites where the public may give comments/objections on the nominated PNP families,” Vice-Chairman Escueta said.

        The National Search Committee (NSC), composed of representatives from the DILG, NAPOLCOM, DSWD, PDEA and the private sector, shall validate and select the first and second runner up winners and the national champion for each category.

       Winners will be awarded with a plaque of recognition and cash incentives during the 17th National Crime Prevention Week celebration on the first week of September 2011.

NAPOLCOM discusses new policy issuances for the PNP

May 12, 2011

        The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) key officials today hold the 2nd Central-Regional Management Quarterly Conference to discuss, clarify and address issues and concerns affecting the operations and administration of the Commission.

       NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairperman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the three-day quarterly conference will enable the NAPOLCOM officials to update its Regional Directors on matters pertaining to its plans, projects and activities.

       “The Commission will also discuss new policy issuances for the PNP to further professionalize the police force,” Escueta added.

       Among the other agenda of the officials are the consolidated report on the conduct of police examinations, proposed revival of the Regional Multi-Sectoral Monitoring Team (RMMT) and monitoring report of physical inventory and inspection of PNP personnel conducted by the Local Chief Executives.

       “We will also discuss the proposed amendment of NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 2002-011 entitled “Operationalizing the Participation of Local Chief Executives in the Administration of the PNP as provided for under RA 6975,” Escueta said. 

       The conference also includes the update report on the assessment of the Integrated Transformation Program (ITP) of the PNP, the proposed amendment on the procedures and guidelines for the recruitment, selection and appointment of PNP uniformed personnel and termination of service of newly appointed PO1 still in temporary status.

       Vice-Chairman Escueta added that “another highlight of the conference is the policy formulation for the creation of a Body which will supervise and monitor solely the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB).”

       The Central-Regional Management Conference is held every three months and among the concerns tackled during the 1st quarter are the special project on the disposition of police administration cases and the proposed amendment to NAPOLCOM MC No. 2007-001 otherwise known as the Uniform Rules of Procedure before the administrative service of the PNP, and issues from the 2010 police recruitment.

NAPOLCOM confers PES Eligibility to 170 police officials

May 12, 2011

        The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) conferred the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) to police officials who successfully passed the NAPOLCOM-administered police eligibility exam.

       Secretary Jesse M. Robredo said that out of the 178 who took the final phase of the PESE exam, only 151 (84%) passed the panel interview. “The PESE, an eligibility requirement for the ranks of Police Senior Superintendent (equivalent to colonel in the military) to Director General (equivalent to four-star general), focused on executive emotional quotient inventory, leadership competency assessment, moral development, job knowledge, communication skills assessment and creative development management,” Robredo said.

        The Commission earlier approved the conferment of the same eligibility to 19 others in Resolution No. 2010-285 dated September 13, 2010.

       Vice-Chairman Eduardo U. Escueta said that while the NAPOLCOM remains committed to continuously cleanse and professionalize the PNP, the Commission takes cognizance of the outstanding accomplishments of our police officers by promoting those who truly deserve career advancement in the police service.

       “The PESE contains analytical questions on police leadership and police values designed to select the best future leaders or the cream of the crop in the police service,” Escueta said.

       The NAPOLCOM, by virtue of its constitutional mandate to administer and control the Philippine National Police, issued Resolution No. 2011-100 dated April 12, 20111 approving the conferment of PES Eligibility to the following 151 successful examinees:

       Abalos , Nestor S.; Aberin, Anthony A.; Abesamis, Cynthia Ruth G.; Adaliga, Segundino Q.; Aganon, Nelson A.; Alba, Roderick Augustus B.; Alinsañgan, Neil B.; Alvarez, Jose Ma T.; Alvero, Franklin A.; Amparo, Lailene J.; Andrade, Ariel L.; Ardiente, Arnold P.; Astronomo, Aleta F.; Avila, Alberto A.; Baccay, Matthew P.;Bade, Rolando V.; Banac, Bernard M.; Blanco, Sterling Raymund P.; Boac, Raul Basilio D.; Bognalbal, Gregory B.; Boquiren, Joseph B.; Cacao, Madeline D.; Calano, Raymund D.; Capili, Benliner L.; Cardino, Romano V.; Cariaga, Ronnie Francis M.; Caro, Salvador V.; Casipe, Alpheus D.; Cirujales, Antonino R.; Coronel, Melchor B.; Cruz, Eliseo D.; Cuanso, Joker T.; Cuya, Rolando Jr B.; Daskeo, George D.; David Ma. Luisa G.; Daza, Jimmy A.; De Leon, Ma. Nenita S.; De Leon, Warren F.; Del Rosario, Ferdinand M.; Dela Cruz, Christopher R.; Delos Santos, Ruben B.; Depra, Eli G.; Dongbo, Flynn E.; Doria, Joel B.; Dy, Roger C.; Elopre, Froilan P.; Enmodias, Oliver A.; Estomo, Jonnel C.; Estreller, Carlos G.; Evangelista, Arturo M.; Fama, Harris R.; Flores, Noel R.; Freyra, Ma. Cristina B.; Garay, Ferdinand M.; Gatera, Restito P.; Gnilo, Marlon R.; Gongon, Conrado Jr P.; Guyguyon, John G.; Ignacio, Neri Vincent D.; Jambora, John Cornelius A.; Jamili, John Mitchell V.; Javier, Joven S.; Kiunisala, Robert R.; Ladra, Alan A.; Lagare, Jun Mark J.; Libunao, Leo M.; Limson, Joel B.; Luna, Leonard L.; Mabugat, Calixto D.; Macalangcom, Arpha Abul Kyr Jr S.; Macanas, Jose B.; Macusi, Rolando R.; Madamba, Donald A.; Madrid, Marlon V.; Madrilejo, Ferdinand U.; Magno, Albert G.; Magsalos, Romeo S.; Manibog, Alan B.; Manongas, Cleto P.; Maranon, Redentor J.; Marasigan, Job F.; Marbil, Rommel Francisco D.; Marcos, Marni Jr. C.; Mariano, Roderick D.; Martirez, Pedro Jr. P.; Masauding, Bowenn Joey M.; Masigon, Tyrone V.; Melchor, Orlando T.; Melo, Guillermo II A.; Mendez, Jess, B.; Miro, Neil O.; Nartatez, Jose Melencio Jr. C.; Natividad, Felipe R.; Navarroza, Froilan B.; Obinque Westrimundo D.; Ochotorena, Ramon M.; Ocon, Albert E.; Octavio, Rolly S.; Olivadez, Herbert R.; Orallo , Hilario B.; Parena, Roy B.; Pedrozo, Marcelino Jr. D.; Perigo, Romeo P.; Pimentel, Gregorio R.; Portento, Maria Sheila T.; Pranada Ramon J.; Pulmano, Araceli S.; Putiz, Edgar R.; Quiboyen, Elizalde C.; Radoc, Armando M.; Ramos, Jose Ma. Victor D.; Ramos, Radel D.; Ramos, Siegfredo Jr. E.; Ranes, Virgil T.; Ratuita, Gerardo B.; Rejano, Angela Q.; Reyes, Dindo R.; Reyes, Melchor V.; Rigonan, Irene C.; Roldan, Alexander L.; Rosete, Leon Victor Z.; Roy, Roderico Jr. A.; Runes, Joey B.; Saculles, Ramil L.; Salangad, Herminigilda D.; Samala, Adolfo Jr B.; Santos, Joselito John W.; Sapal, Salman H.; Sapiera, Genaro V.; Serrano, Alexander Jr R.; Simborio, Franco P.; Sinas, Debold M.; Sioson, Rodolfo S.; Solidarios, Rene P.; Sosito, John Q.; Suan, Leonardo R.; Sulit, Nelson L.; Taguinod, Teroy B.; Tatoy, Rodolfo S.; Torrecampo, Nereo A.; Tria, Gil Francis G.; Ureta, Jonathan M.; Vargas, Enrico H.; Vidal, Maria Angela M.; Villena, Eduardo S.; Yarra, Antonio C.; Ylagan, Ronald Genaro E.; Yu, Perfecto V.; Yusop, Alikhan A.; Zapata, Ricardo Jr. D.; Zenarosa, Florenia A.

       The NAPOLCOM has promulgated Resolution No. 2006-082 which prescribed the PESE as the eligibility requirement for the ranks of Senior Superintendent and higher.

       Conferment Rites will be held on May 16, 2011 at the Imelda Crisol-Roces Hall, Makati City with Secretary Robredo as Guest of Honor and Speaker.

       The complete list of successful examinees is now posted at the NAPOLCOM Central Office, Makati City. The names of exam passers can also be viewed at the Commission’s website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

NAPOLCOM sets PNP exams in April 2011

February 4, 2011

       The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announces the nationwide conduct of the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations on April 17, 2011. The period of filing of applications is from February 7, 2011 to March 11, 2011.

       NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta pointed out that the successful examinees of the entrance examination will be conferred by the NAPOLCOM the PNP Entrance Eligibility which is appropriate for appointment to the rank of Police Officer 1. Also, those who will pass the promotional exam shall be conferred eligibilities appropriate for promotion to the ranks corresponding to the exam’s Eligibility Rank Coverage (ERC).

       The PNP entrance test is open to civilians who are bachelor’s degree holder, not more than 30 years old, 1.62 meters tall for male and 1.57 meters for female. The PNP entrance exam is also a requirement for PNP officers with temporary status as Police Officer 1 who aspire to have a permanent appointment in the police service. On the other hand, the promotional exam is open to all qualified uniformed members of the PNP; i.e., the Police Officers, Senior Police Officers, Police Inspectors and Police Superintendents.

        Escueta stressed that since April 2010, the Commission has been adopting a new procedure in the processing of applications for all NAPOLCOM-administered exams wherein the picture of the applicant will be permanently printed in the application form and notice of admission.

        The procedure requires all applicants to file their application personally at any of the NAPOLCOM regional or provincial office where they intend to take the exam. Applications received through postal mail shall not be entertained.

       “The new rule will further protect the integrity of the exams by preventing substitution committed by unscrupulous examinees,” Escueta said.

        Civilian applicants must bring (a) two (2) recent and identical 1” x 1” ID pictures (in color) with white background and complete name tag (for PNP members, the name tag should indicate the rank before the first, middle and last names); (b) one (1) legal size window envelope with Php9.00 worth of mailing stamp (for NCR, CAR, Regions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) and Php12.00 worth of mailing stamp (for Batanes, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao,); (c) transcript of scholastic records or diploma; and (d) birth certificate issued by the NSO. For PO1 with temporary appointment, he/she must submit a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or Special Order.

        Applicants for the Promotional Exam should submit the first two (2) requirements mentioned above, a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or Special Order and a Report of Rating/Certification issued by the NAPOLCOM Central Office, CSC Certificate of Eligibility and/or PRC Board Certificate.

        Escueta emphasized that if an examinee failed in an exam and decides to apply again for the same exam in the same exam center, he/she will only have to submit the admission slip of the last exam applied for, fill out a new application form and index card with ID pictures, and pay the examination fee.

       ”In view of resource constraints, the regional office reserves the right to limit the number of examinees it will accommodate. Acceptance of applications shall be on a “first-come, first-served” basis and may be stopped even ahead of the deadline,” Escueta said.

        For the April 27 exam, the NAPOLCOM-NCR will accommodate only 2,000 examinees for the PNP Entrance exam and 2,500 for the promotional exam.

        Application forms can be obtained for free at the NAPOLCOM-NCR office at Jacinta Bldg. II, 1840 Sta. Rita St., Guadalupe Nuevo, EDSA, Makati City, at any of the NAPOLCOM regional offices nationwide, or can be downloaded at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

       Examination fee is Php 400.00 for the PNP Entrance Exam and Police Officer Exam, Php 450.00 for the Senior Police Officer Exam, Php 500.00 for the Police Inspector Exam and Php 600.00 for the Police Superintendent Exam.

       “The exam coverage for the PNP entrance test consists of general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning; while the promotional exam includes general information, police administration, police operations and police values and ethical standards,” Escueta added.

23.21% hurdle police exams

January 21, 2011

        Of the total 37,485 examinees, only 8,702 or 23.21% passed the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) administered police examinations conducted last November 7 and 28, 2010 in designated schools in Metro Manila and other testing centers nationwide.

        This was announced by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Jesse M. Robredo as the Commission released the list of successful examinees in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations.

      NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that in the PNP entrance test, a requirement for initial appointment to the rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1), only 4,178 (21.9%) out of the 19,070 examinees passed. Of the 18,415 examinees who took the promotional tests, only 4,524 (24.57%) passed, with 2,296 in the Police Officer exam, 2,104 in the Senior Police Officer exam, 60 in the Inspector exam and 64 in the Superintendent exam.

      “The low passing rate in both exams may be attributed to the Commission’s continuous upgrading of standards on its police examinations in line with its sustained effort to professionalize the PNP by ensuring that only the best and most qualified individuals are admitted and promoted in the police service,” Vice-Chair Escueta said, adding that, “the Commission is at the forefront in its campaign for an improved quality of police service, hence, only the cream of the crop can enter the PNP.”

      Escueta added that the list of successful examinees is already posted at the NAPOLCOM central office in Makati City and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph. Individual reports of rating will be mailed to all examinees. Verification of test results is on-going at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide.

   Exam results can also be accessed through TEXT-NAPOLCOM by typing NAPOLCOM<space>EXAMRSLT<space>application number or examinee’s full name (last/first/middle), including slashes, and send to 2256 for Globe and Touch Mobile, 6808 for Smart and Talk ‘n Text, and 2269 for Sun Cellular subscribers. 

NAPOLCOM grants equal opportunities to IP applicants in the PNP

January 20, 2011

        In an effort to ensure the entry of highly qualified individuals into the police service and to strengthen the human resource capability of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently issued Memorandum Circular No. 2011-001 which prescribes the guidelines for the application of a member of indigenous group into the police service.

       According to NAPOLCOM Chairman Jesse M. Robredo the new memo circular serves as guidepost in the recruitment and appointment of new police officers in the PNP.

        “The new MC gives applicants belonging to the cultural communities equal opportunities to enter into the police service; thus, eliminates discrimination of our fellow indigenous peoples.”

        NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said a waiver for height requirement shall be automatically granted to applicants belonging to the indigenous peoples regardless of whether or not the number of applicants falls below the annual quota.

        “Indigenous peoples with granted height waivers may opt to apply in areas  other than in areas where they are considered indigenous, subject to other qualification requirements and additional guidelines as maybe deemed necessary by the appointing authority of the recruiting office or unit of the PNP,” said Escueta.

         Under the new policy, age, height, weight or educational waiver for applicants other than the members of the indigenous group may be granted by the NAPOLCOM en banc only, while height waiver to indigenous people is granted by the NAPOLCOM Regional Director.

        The new guidelines amends Item number 1, Section II of Memorandum Circular No. 2007-009 which sets for the uniformity in the interpretation and application of the recruitment policy in the various different recruitment screening committees in the PNP.

 

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