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Puno Cites Napolcom Role in Professionalizing PNP

Secretary Ronnie Puno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government has underscored the pivotal role played by the National Police Commission (Napolcom) in further professionalizing the ranks of the Philippine National Police (PNP), citing at least four milestones that helped accomplish such goal and underscored the “rebirth” of the agency following 43 years of its existence.

Puno, who is concurrent chairman of the Napolcom, said among these milestones was the Commission’s institutionalization of its Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) Examinations, which replaced the Career Service Executive Examinations administered by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Developed by experts from leading educational institutions here and overseas, the PESE provides PNP uniformed personnel seeking third-level posts (from senior superintendent to director general) their own set of eligibility exams suited to the skills that are required of police officers, he said.

“I think we can all say that the Napolcom has experienced a rebirth and on this 43rd founding anniversary, there is indeed reason for all of us to celebrate,” Puno said in his message to his fellow officials and workers during the Commission’s 43rd anniversary celebration held Tuesday at its Central Office in Makati City.

Sen. Edgardo Angara delivered the keynote speech at the event, where he lauded the Napolcom for its “record of reforms,” particularly in the “areas of strategic planning and investments in human capital.”

Another key accomplishment, Puno said, was the reinstitution of the Napolcom’s duty and obligation to provide legal assistance to PNP personnel as provided under Republic Act 6795, which, he said, the Commission “had taken pains to restore” on his watch.

The Napolcom, Puno said, also succeeded in lobbying Congress to pass a law that would help shield police officers from harassment cases by making them eligible for promotion despite pending complaints or cases against them.

The law, Republic Act 9708, states that “an institution of a criminal action or complaint against a police officer shall not be a bar to promotion.”

RA 9708 further states that a police officer will only be ineligible for promotion if there is probable cause found in the case filed against him. But if the case remains unresolved after two years, the officer will again be made eligible for promotion.

“This law will remove the fear from our police officers, who are always the subject of harassment cases,” Puno said. “It will assure them that only legitimate cases will prosper and that harassment cases filed by powerful people like drug lords, for instance, wouldn’t prevent the advancement and progress of dedicated police officers.”

Another milestone, Puno noted, is the soon-to-be confirmed Implementing Rules and Regulations or IRR of RA 6975-the law creating the PNP-which requires a joint resolution of both the Senate and the House of Representatives before such rules are adopted.

“I am happy to tell all of you that right now, this is almost on its final leg and, hopefully, it will be approved very, very soon so that we can finally see the IRR of the RA 6975 finally adopted after two decades,” Puno said.

NAPOLCOM Launches PNP Manual on Dealing with Juvenile Offenders

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has formally launched its manual for members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to guide them on how to deal with children in conflict with the law (CICL) as spelled out in the the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act.

Under the PNP manual, police officers are required to refrain from using handcuffs on juvenile offenders-now called CICL under Republic Act 9344 otherwise known as the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006-unless “absolutely necessary.”

RA 9344 defines a CICL as a child who is alleged as, accused of, or adjudged as, having committed an offense under Philippine laws. A “Child” refers to a person below eighteen (18) years of age.

The manual, titled “Police Manual on the Management of Cases of Children in conflict with the Law,” was crafted by the Napolcom under the chairmanship of Secretary Ronnie Puno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

On Puno’s watch as Napolcom chairman, a total of 1,830 WCPDs have already been established in all police stations nationwide.These are staffed with 2,728 female police officers, of whom 1,951 have undergone training on gender sensitivity and the basic investigative skills in handling crimes against women and children.

“Of the different sectors of children in our society today, Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) had been the subject of much discussion and problem-solving of what the government and the private sector must do to alleviate their plight,” Puno said in his message to users of the CICL Manual.

Noted Puno: “What concerns us is the increasing involvement of younger children in youth crime, violence and deviant behavior. This is not only true in urban localities but also in rural areas where the influence of media, communications and technology have been felt all the more.”

The Manual states that police officers should read to CICL their rights under the Miranda doctrine and explain to them that they are considered “persons in custody” while they have not yet been turned over to the proper authorities.

Police officers, according to the Manual, should also encourage CICL to address them as “Kuya” or “Ate” and to immediately introduce themselves and present their IDs when making apprehensions.

Napolcom vice chairman Eduardo Escueta said the Manual aims to “endeavor each and every police officer [to] fully understand her/his role in developing children into good persons and citizens.”

“This is the reason behind the development of this Manual that codifies the guidelines and details the step-by-step procedures in the proper handling of children by the police,” Escueta added.

The Manual also states that every minor should be immediately turned over by the apprehending policeman to the PNP’s WCPD or to the designated CICL investigator upon reaching the police station.

The CICL Manual also calls on police officers to refrain from exposing CICL in the media, and to stop the practice of placing them inside jail cells while in detention.

In compliance with the provisions of RA 9344, Puno said that in the absence of any parent, guardian or relative of the CICL or a Local Social Welfare and Development Officer (LSWDO), the PNP should call on any representative of a nongovernment organization, a faith-based group or the barangay-level Local Council for the Protection of Children to be present during police interviews.

The LSWDO or any officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development should be immediately contacted by the PNP to facilitate the turnover of the apprehended CICL to their custody.

Under the Child Abuse Law (RA 7610), a person above eighteen (18) years of age but unable to fully take care of herself/himself, or protect herself/himself from abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation or discrimination because of physical or mental disability or condition is also considered a child.

RA 9344 provides that children fifteen (15) years and under at the time of the commission of the offense are exempt from criminal liability Children above fifteen (15) years but below eighteen (18) years of age, at the time of the commission of the offense, are also exempt from criminal liability unless they acted with discernment.

23.74% hurdle police exams

September 17, 2009

Of the total 42,345 examinees, only 10,052 or 23.74% passed the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) administered police examinations conducted last May 31, 2009 in designated schools in Metro Manila and other testing centers nationwide.

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

According to NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta, exam statistics reveal that in the PNP entrance test, a requirement for initial appointment to the rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1), only 3,611 (16.83%) out of the 21,450 examinees passed. Of the 20,895 examinees who took the promotional tests, only 6,441 (30.83%) passed, with 5,064 in the Police Officer exam, 1,315 in the Senior Police Officer exam, 37 in the Inspector exam and 25 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 soon be mailed out to all examinees. Verification of test results are already 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 2333 for Globe and Touch Mobile, 356 for Smart and Talk ‘n Text, and 2269 for Sun Cellular subscribers.

On its 43rd Founding Anniversary - NAPOLCOM honors PNP officers, test consultants, community partners and NCPW awardees

September 8, 2009

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will have a three-day celebration from September 7-9, 2009 of its 43rd Founding Anniversary which will be graced by Senator Edgardo J. Angara as the guest of honor and keynote speaker.

Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ronaldo V. Puno as well as Vice-Chairman Eduardo U. Escueta and Commissioner Luis Mario M. General will confer the awards to police officers for their acts of bravery and gallantry, to community partners for their sustained contribution to the success of crime prevention and criminal justice programs of the government and test consultants for their invaluable contribution in the Commission’s mission of professionalizing the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The Commission will award PO1 Danilo A. Malab Jr. for his invaluable service rendered as one of the Honor Guards during the funeral procession for the former President Corazon C. Aquino on August 5, 2009.

“His utmost dedication to his sworn duty is imbued with an exceptional display of discipline in the performance of an extraordinary task. Indeed, he epitomizes the strength of a police officer’s character, one that is worthy of emulation and that has brought honor and prestige to the entire Philippine National Police,” Escueta explained.

P/SInsp. Elmer C. Santiago will be awarded for his conspicuous act of gallantry and devotion to duty as demonstrated in the evening of July 25, 2009 at Barangay Cataning, Hermosa, Bataan when he, together with two other uniformed personnel of Hermosa Municipal Police Station, engaged in an intense armed-encounter with the Communist Armed-Group of Marxista Leninista Partido ng Pilipinas/Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (MLPP/RHB), which resulted in the death of Alvin Yandan, leader of the said Armed-Group and the arrest of Lucito Cañete.

Another awardee will be P/CInsp. Gilberto B. Tuzon for his exceptional courage as the Ground Commander of the PNP teams in a series of armed encounters with MILF Renegade Troops in Cotobato.

Escueta said that “Tuzon’s noteworthy accomplishment earned distinct honor and credit not only for himself but for the PNP.”

PO3 Rommel B. Salcedo will also be recognized for his conspicuous act of gallantry during the shoot-out against the members of Robbery Hold-Up Group believed to be responsible in the series of crimes in Metro Manila, and mortally wounding a member of said group which ultimately resulted in the foiled bank robbery of UCPB, located along P. Burgos corner J.P. Rizal Streets, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.

“The act of bravery of these police officers clearly manifests their commitment to serve and protect the people,” Escueta added.

Another set of awardees are Dr. Adelaida C. Fronda, P/CSupt. Rodolfo Sebastian, P/SSupt. Fidel G. Posadas and P/Supt. Eliciar L. Bron for their invaluable contribution, dedicated services and active participation in discharging their duties and responsibilities as test consultants of NAPOLCOM Test Development Committee.

Escueta believed that “Our test consultants unselfishly shared their expertise in developing test items for the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations, which immensely contributed in the NAPOLCOM’s mission of professionalizing the PNP.”

The NAPOLCOM will also recognize community partners namely Atty. Alberto T. Muyot, Mr. Rodolfo D. Diamante, Ms. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda and P/Supt. Ildebrandi N. Usana for their outstanding service to the community and invaluable contributions to the programs of the NAPOLCOM.

A Posthumous Award will also be given to Atty. Mia Meñez-Zafra for her invaluable leadership, diligence and dedication as Chairperson of the Community Pillar of the NAPOLCOM Technical Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (TCCPCJ).

Escueta lauded Zafra for “her unwavering commitment and generous support which has significantly contributed to the success of crime prevention and criminal justice programs of the government.”

The NAPOLCOM will also give a plaque of appreciation to Asst. Sec. Rommel L. Garcia and Ms. Ofelia M. Legaspi (Dangerous Drugs Board), Mr. Louie Lagasca (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency), Mr. Henry F. Elmido (NAPOLCOM-NCR), PNP Foundation, Inc., Philippine Public Safety College, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc., Foundation for Crime Prevention, SMART Communications, Globe Telecommunications, Inc., and Unilever Philippines for their significant contribution to the successful celebration of the 15th National Crime Prevention Week and for their invaluable support extended to the programs and projects of the Commission, particularly to the “Pito Laban sa Krimen” Program.

NAPOLCOM executive officer leads 2009 crime prevention week kick-off ceremony

September 1, 2009

National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta and other top officials of the NAPOLCOM and the Philippine National Police (PNP) today led some 2,000 family groups, business sectors, students, schools and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in the nationwide simultaneous blowing of whistles held at the PNP Grandstand, Camp Crame, Quezon City to mark the start of the 2009 National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) celebration.

“The whistle blowing campaign symbolizes our commitment to many things that an empowered citizen should do in the cause of peace,” Escueta said.

VCEO Escueta disclosed that the yearly observance of the NCPW is an opportunity to highlight the synergy of the various government agencies and nongovernment organizations particularly the family groups in fighting criminality.

“To achieve substantial gain in the government’s crime prevention initiatives, there is a need to start with the basic unit of society - the family,” Escueta said, adding that, “Addressing issues that directly impact on them will reduce crime, prevent violence and promote public safety.”

One continuing significant project for this year is the establishment and monitoring of the Student Crime Prevention Network in all schools in Metro Manila aimed to capacitate the youth to promote character building, citizenship training, civic consciousness, volunteerism, and self-reliance through the reorganization of Student Crime Prevention Committees (SCPCs).

Escueta said 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.

Escueta said that the organizing group has jumpstarted the 2009 NCPW celebration with a series of crime prevention seminars and the organization/monitoring of SCPCs in schools in Metro Manila as early as July.

One important highlight of the kick-off ceremony is the launching of the crime prevention volunteer program and the search for model families to be awarded during the 16th NCPW celebration next year.

Escueta also introduced the NAPOLCOM crime prevention dog mascot named Bantay to help in the crime prevention awareness campaign in malls in Metro Manila during the week-long celebration.

“Considered as man’s best friend that secures the family’s home 24 hours a day, Bantay is definitely a big crowd drawer in our crime prevention sorties,” Escueta added.

All these activities aimed to elicit the active participation and involvement of the public, particularly the family groups, in crime prevention and public safety.

The NCPW, which is observed annually every first week of September, is now on its 15th year with the theme “Labanan ang Krimen, Pamilya Patatagin.”

Other significant activities scheduled during the week include awareness drive on Crime and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control; the organization and monitoring of SCPCs in the cities of Las Piñas and Mandaluyong (September 2-4); Forum on Family and Life: Towards Stronger Families and Safer Homes in Makati City (Sept. 5); Grand Ugnayan in Camp Crame, Quezon City (Sept. 5); and Closing Ceremony at the NAPOLCOM Office (Sept. 7).

NAPOLCOM schedules another PNP exams in October 2009

August 13, 2009 

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announces the conduct of the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations on October 25, 2009, nationwide. The period of filling for applications which started last August 3, 2009 will end on September 4, 2009.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta pointed out that the successful examinees of the entrance exam will be conferred by the NAPOLCOM the PNP Entrance Eligibility which is appropriate for the 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 wish 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 like the Police Officers, Senior Police Officers, Police Inspectors and Police Superintendents.

Civilian applicants must bring (a) four (4) recent and identical 1”x1” colored I.D. pictures with white background and complete name tag, (b) two (2) legal size window envelopes, (c) two (2) mailing stamps worth nine pesos (P9.00) each, (d) transcript of scholastic records or diploma and (e) birth certificate. For the PNP member, the name tag should indicate the rank before the first, middle and last names; and those with temporary appointment should submit a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or Special Order. The applicants for the Promotional Exam should submit the first four (4) requirements mentioned above, 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 an examinee of the entrance exam who fails in an exam or after being admitted to take said exam, fails to take it for one reason or another, need not resubmit the requirements should s/he apply again for the same exam in the same exam center. The applicant 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 of P400.00.

Application forms can be obtained for free at the NAPOLCOM-NCR office at Jacinta Bldg. 2 1840 Sta. Rita St. Guadalupe Nuevo, Edsa, Makati City, at any of the NAPOLCOM regional office nationwide or can be downloaded at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Examination fee is Php 400.00 for the Police Officer Exams, Php 450.00 for the Senior Police 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.

NAPOLCOM sets PESE exams

August 13, 2009

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announced today the conduct of the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) to be administered on August 30, 2009.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission will start accepting applications starting August 3 until August 14, 2009. According to VCEO Escueta, the PESE has two (2) Phases – Phase I is the Written Examination to be conducted in three (3) testing centers (National Capital Region, Cebu City and Davao City) and Phase II will be 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 Service Eligibility by the Commission in an appropriate ceremony.

NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Chief Isidro D. Siriban said that the PESE examination, an eligibility requirement for the ranks of police senior superintendent (equivalent to colonel in the military) to director general (equivalent to four-star general) will focus on six (6) categories: executive emotional quotient, multi-factor leadership quotient, job knowledge, communication skills, level of moral development and creative development management.

“PESE 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,” Siriban said.

PNP members should submit the following: (1.) Properly accomplished examination form (NAPOLCOM Form 1-A) and index card; (2.) One (1) piece latest I.D. (1”x1”) and two (2) latest identical I.D. (Passport size) pictures with full name tag that includes the First Name, Middle Initial and Surname taken within three (3) months before the date of filing of the application. Pictures that are scanned, photo copied or computer enhanced will not be accepted; (3.) two (2) legal size window envelopes with Nine Pesos (P9.00) worth of Mailing Stamp AFFIXED on each; and (4.) Certified true copy of latest appointment, attested permanent/PNP absorption.

Interested parties can get free application forms from the Napolcom Central office at 371 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave, Makati City or from any of the Napolcom regional offices nationwide. Examination fee is Php 700.00. Application forms can also be downloaded at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

NAPOLCOM nullifies exam results of 130 police officers and 365 civilians due to cheating/irregularity

April 24, 2009

In order to protect the integrity of the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) en banc recently issued two (2) Resolutions nullifying the exam results of 495 police and civilian examinees after they were found to have committed cheating/irregularity during the conduct of the October 26, 2008 PNP Examinations.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta disclosed that Resolution No. 2009-174 nullifies the exam results of 130 police examinees who took the PNP Promotional Examination in Region 4A-Calamba, Laguna Testing Center.

Commissioner Escueta revealed that analysis of the answers conducted by the Commission showed the existence of a common answer pattern in the answer sheets of 53 examinees (for Senior Police Officer exam) from Room 88 and 45 examinees (for Police Officer exam) from Room 89, indicative of widespread cheating, the occurrence of such being statistically improbable.

The Vice-Chairman also said that during the conduct of investigation of the answer patterns, another pattern was also discovered in Room 32 in the same testing center, involving 32 examinees (for Senior Police Officer exam), which indicates cheating in the said room.

“Appropriate administrative charges shall be filed against these police officers and shall be meted with administrative sanctions if evidence so warrants,” Escueta added.

The Commission en banc also approved Resolution No. 2009-175 nullifying the PNP Entrance Exam results of 365 civilian examinees in Koronadal City, Cotobato City, Zamboanga City, National Capital Region, Davao City, Butuan City, San Fernando (La Union) and Calamba Testing Centers.

The Commission adopted Sec. 9 of Republic Act No. 9416 and ordered the said examinees to be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance examination.

Escueta disclosed that during the conduct of the PNP entrance exam, Mr. Divino L. Oclarit Jr., an examinee for the PNP Entrance exam from the Region 12-Koronadal City Testing Center, was caught cheating by the proctor using a cellular phone which contained text messages of purported answers to the examination questions.

Analysis of the answer patterns on the answer sheets of examinees from all the regional testing centers revealed that the texted responses were used, as clearly shown in the analogous patterns on the answer sheets, by Mr. Oclarit and some examinees from the following testing centers: Koronadal City, 216 examinees; Cotobato City, 91 examinees; Zamboanga City, 13 examinees; NCR, four (4) examinees; Davao City, two (2) examinees; and Butuan City, two (2) examinees.

The Commission also analyzed the existence of a common answer pattern in the answer sheets of 29 examinees from San Fernando (La Union) Testing Center and six (6) examinees from Calamba City Testing Center, which manifested plain cheating and sharing of answer among these examinees. The Commission also discovered answer sheet substitution involving two (2) examinees in Koronadal City Testing Center.

To avoid the recurrence of cheating/irregularity, Escueta reiterated that “all examinees for the PNP Entrance and Promotional Exams on May 31, 2009 are strictly prohibited from bringing their cellular phones inside their respective testing centers.”

NAPOLCOM okays the activation of human rights desks in all PNP offices

April 13, 2009

In its effort to intensify awareness on human rights within the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) en banc recently issued Resolution No. 2009-072 which approves the activation of the human rights desks at all offices of the PNP.

According to NAPOLCOM vice-chairperson and executive officer Eduardo U. Escueta, the human rights desks shall monitor and maintain files/records of PNP personnel involved in human rights violations for analysis and subsequent formulation and implementation of necessary interventions.

“The PNP must ensure that the designated human rights desk officers are properly educated and trained in the field of human rights,” Escueta said, adding that “It is high time that the PNP activates the human rights desks in all its police offices to cope with the alleged growing number of human rights violations.”

Escueta said the Commission acted favorably on the submitted NHQ-PNP General Order number DPL 07-20 which provides for the activation of the human rights desks at the different levels of command in the PNP for approval of the NAPOLCOM.

The resolution provides for the designation human rights desks officers under the office/unit head of regional, provincial, districts, city and national support unit directors and chiefs of police who shall serve as the focal points on all aspects of human rights relevant to the police within their respective jurisdiction.

Under the resolution, the focal points shall serve as advocate of human rights within their respective areas; initiate various rights projects and activities in line with the PNP Human Rights Development Program or “PAMANA” in coordination with concerned PNP offices; monitor and maintain records/files of cases involving violations of human rights allegedly committed by the police, as reported by different groups and individuals, through any means within their areas of responsibilities; receive reports/complaints on violation of human rights allegedly committed by PNP personnel and assist in the referral of complaints to appropriate investigation offices/bodies; enhance partnerships and cooperation with concerned government entities, local community organizations, NGOs and private civic oriented groups, towards advancing the cause of human rights; and make proper representation of the PNP in dialogues, meetings conferences and consultations on human rights concerns.

NAPOLCOM sets new rule for police entrance exam applicants

March 27, 2009

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) now accepts applications for the police entrance exam which will be conducted on May 31, 2009 nationwide. The period of filing started last March 20, 2009 and will end on April 17, 2009.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta pointed out that the Commission sets a new rule for those who did not pass the PNP entrance examinations last April 27, 2008 and October 26, 2008 who plan to apply again for police entrance exam this May 2009. “An examinee who fails in an exam or after being admitted to take said exam, fails to take it for one reason or another, need not resubmit the requirements should s/he apply again for the same exam in the same exam center. The applicant needs to submit only the admission slip of the last exam he applied for, a new properly accomplished application form, three (3) recent and identical 1”x1” colored pictures with white background and with complete name tag, two (2) legal size window envelopes with nine pesos (P9.00) worth of mailing stamps and examination fee.”

Escueta made a distinction that the new applicants have to file an application form, index card, three (3) recent and identical 1”x1” colored pictures with white background and with complete name tag and pay an amount of P400.00 for the examination fee. Aside from these, the applicants must also submit two (2) legal size window envelopes with nine pesos (P9.00) worth of mailing stamps, transcript of scholastic record or diploma and birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar or by the main office of the National Statistics Office. For those who are already in the PNP service, they have to submit an original or certified true copy of attested appointment and special order and certificate of completion of training.

The PNP Entrance Examination is open to civilians who are degree holders, not more than 30 years old, and measures 5 ft. 4 inches for males and 5 ft. 2 inches for females. Police Officers I (PO1) whose appointments are temporary for lack of appropriate eligibility are also allowed to take the said entrance exam. They may file at the NAPOLCOM National Capital Region (NCR) located at Jacinta Building II, 1840 Sta. Rita Street, Guadalupe Nuevo EDSA, Makati City or at any NAPOLCOM Regional Office nationwide.

Escueta warned the examinees that “the NAPOLCOM has a computer system that keeps track of the answer patterns of examinees. If two or more examinees have a high percentage of similar answer patterns, this may result in the invalidation of their test results.”

A qualified applicant shall be notified through a Notice of Admission. In case an applicant fails to receive such notice within a week before the date of examination, s/he may verify the status of her/his application at the NAPOLCOM Office where s/he filed said application or s/he may avail of the TEXT NAPOLCOM Service by typing NAPOLCOM <space> EXAMLOC <space> LAST NAME / FIRST NAME <space> MIDDLE NAME and send to 2256 for Globe Handyphone and Touchmobile, 6808 for Smart and Talk ‘n Text and 2269 for Sun Cellular.

Escueta emphasized that “bringing of cellular phones, pagers or any two-way radio set, calculators, review materials, explosives, or any deadly weapon are strictly prohibited within the exam premises.”

Examinees should be in white t-shirt / polo shirt, dark pants and shoes. They have to bring their Notice of Admission, pencil no. 2 and any valid identification card with picture. The detailed subject coverage for each exam category can be downloaded at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

PNP PNCO holding temporary status, NAPOLCOM announces special qualifying exams

March 26, 2009

In its effort to professionalize the police service, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today announced the conduct of a special qualifying examination on May 30, (Saturday) 2009 in designated schools in Makati City and 24 other testing centers nationwide.

NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Director Isidro D. Siriban said that the special qualifying examination is intended for all Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PO1 to SPO4) who are holding temporary status of appointments due to lack of appropriate eligibility. However, the resulting eligibility should be used only for change status of appointment and cannot be used for promotional purposes.

“Since all in-service PNP personnel with temporary appointments are enjoined to take the said examination, walk-in applicants will be accepted on the day of the examination but they have to be at the testing centers before 7:00 a.m. on Saturday,” Siriban said.

He added that all applicants are advised to bring the following requirements: three (3) recent and identical 1’x1’ I.D. pictures with name tag, two (2) legal size window envelopes, birth certificate, transcript of scholastic records or diploma from CHED accredited schools, certified true copy of attested appointment or PNP absorption order, certificate of completion of training, service record and P400.00 and P450.00 examination fees for Police Officer exams (PO1 to PO3) and Senior Police Officer exams (SP01 to SPO4), respectively.

According to Siriban, there are about 9,000 temporary police officers throughout the country whose ranks from PO1 to SPO4 are expected to take the PO and SPO exams.

Siriban said that for Metro Manila examinees, application forms are available at the NAPOLCOM National Capital Region (NCR) office located at Jacinta Building II, No. 1840 Sta. Rita Street, Guadalupe Nuevo Edsa, Makati City and for regional examinees, application forms are also available in all NAPOLCOM Regional Offices nationwide.

Siriban also disclosed that the three-hour multiple-choice-type examination consists of 200 items and constitutes the following subject coverage: General Information, Police Administration, Police Operations and Police Customs and Traditions/Values and Ethical Standards.

Siriban added that qualified applicant shall be notified through a notice of admission and are required to wear GOA Type “B” (in field cap) on the day of examinations.

Bringing of cellular phones, pagers or similar electronic devices, review materials and deadly weapons are strictly prohibited inside the examination room, Siriban concluded.

PNP personnel Missing in Action (MIA) to receive benefits - NAPOLCOM

March 10, 2009

In its continuing effort to better enhance its public service delivery, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) issued Memorandum Circular No. 2008-018 which prescribes the policies and guidelines governing the payment of salary and allowance of PNP Uniformed Personnel Missing in Action (MIA), the finding of death and termination of payment of salary and allowances.

According to DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ronaldo V. Puno, the Memorandum Circular aims to promote prompt and speedy payment of benefits of PNP member officially confirmed MIA.

“The Commission will ensure that while a PNP member is missing in action, his or her next of kin or heirs will receive the same pay allowances due him/her at the time of the incident; and that the compulsory retirement of a PNP member missing in action shall be processed to allow his or her survivors to enjoy the retirement benefits,” Puno said.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that a PNP Personnel Missing in Action Board will be created to receive and evaluate the report/recommendation of the National Support Unit or Police Regional Office having jurisdiction over the PNP member MIA and to determine the genuineness, authenticity and completeness of the documents submitted; and to recommend to the Chief, PNP the payment of salaries and allowances after determination of the compliance with the requirements.

Escueta said that after compliance with the requirements and upon recommendation of the Board, the Chief, PNP shall direct the payment of the salary and allowances of the PNP member MIA for a maximum period of one (1) year from the date he or she was reported to be MIA.

“Upon termination of the one (1) year period, the missing PNP uniformed personnel shall be automatically terminated from the service, but in the event that said personnel was found to be alive and is not entitled to the salary and allowances paid, the amount received shall be reimbursed by the PNP member concerned within six (6) months from his/her reappearance,” Escueta said, adding that “If the reported disappearance is fraudulent and made in bad faith, the alleged PNP member MIA and his co-conspirators shall be administratively charged in accordance with the law and the penalty of dismissal from the police service shall be imposed without prejudice to the recovery of the benefits which his or her heirs received.”

Supreme Court affirms NAPOLCOM decision

March 9, 2009

The Supreme Court recently affirmed the decision of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) ordering the reinstatement in the police service of a Central Police District police officer who was dismissed from the service by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that PO2 Ruel Montoya was ordered dismissed from the police service by P/Deputy Director General Reynaldo Varilla, who was then the NCRPO Director, for serious neglect of duty due to AWOL (absent without official leave) for 67 days, from January 23 to March 31, 1998, and for his failure to attend the Law Enforcement and Enhancement Course (LEEC) at the Special Training Unit, NCRPO.

Records showed that on January 22, 1998, PO2 Montoya went to the Baler Police Station, Police Station 2 to have his sick leave form approved by the station commander. But since his name was already forwarded to the NCRPO for LEEC training, his sick leave was not approved. Hence, a summary dismissal proceeding was conducted wherein the Summary Hearing Officer recommended for Montoya’s dismissal from the service for his failure to attend the LEEC. Based on the findings of the Summary Hearing Officer, the NCRPO Regional Director rendered a Decision on June 23, 2000 ordering Montoya’s dismissal from the police service.

Therefore, respondent Montoya filed a Petition for Review/Motion for Reconsideration of the NCRPO Decision addressed to the PNP Chief, which was, however, denied for lack of jurisdiction.

Montoya then filed an appeal before the Regional Appellate Board (RAB)-NCR alleging lack of due process considering that he was not even notified of any hearing; thus, depriving him of the opportunity to present evidence in his defense.

After a careful review and evaluation of the records and evidence presented, the Regional Appellate Board ruled in favor of Montoya in its December 11, 2002 Decision. The Board found that the summary hearing officer conducted the hearing ex-parte without giving Montoya the chance to explain his side. The Board, therefore, reversed the appealed decision and ordered the reinstatement of Montoya without loss of seniority rights and with full payment of his salaries and backwages from the time of his dismissal up to his reinstatement.

Thereafter, the NCRPO Director authorized P/Sr. Supt. Rufino Jeffrey Manere of the NCRPO Regional Legal Service to appeal Montoya’s case, and eight (8) other RAB-NCR decisions reinstating police officers Enrique Paulino, Rebecca Fernandez, Donato Geda, Marlo Quiambao, Danilo Nuqui, Cecilia de Leon, Alberto Mendoza and Rodolfo de Leon, before the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on the ground that the NCRPO decision had already become final and executory.

DILG Secretary Jose D. Lina Jr. issued an Order on November 10, 2003 denying the appeal of the NCRPO Director citing that only the active complainant or the respondent who was imposed a penalty of demotion in rank, forced resignation or dismissal from the service can appeal the RAB Decision to the DILG. The NCRPO Director, therefore, appealed the DILG Order to the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Meanwhile, the NCRPO Director issued a Special Order on March 23, 2004 reinstating Montoya, et. al. without prejudice to the pending appeal before the CSC.

On August 24, 2005, the CSC issued a Resolution setting aside the DILG Order and affirming the NCRPO Decision dismissing Montoya, et. al. from the police service. It also issued a Resolution on August 23, 2006 denying the Motion for Reconsideration of Montoya, et. al. for lack of new evidence that warrants the setting aside or modification of its previous Resolution.

Acting on the Petition for Certiorari filed by respondents Montoya, et. al., the Court of Appeals promulgated its Decision on August 9, 2007 denying the respondents’ appeal and affirming the two (2) CSC Resolutions affirming the dismissal from the police service of Montoya and eight (8) other police officers.

Therefore, Montoya filed his own Motion for Reconsideration, but it was denied by the Court of Appeals in its October 18, 2007 Resolution. Hence, Montoya filed a Petition before the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court found merit in Montoya’s Petition and ordered his reinstatement in the police service. It ruled that “the summary dismissal proceedings against Montoya were flawed from the very beginning when these were conducted without due notice to him,” adding that Montoya “was completely deprived of the opportunity to be heard on the administrative charges against him and was irrefragably denied due process.”

The Court further ruled that “the violation of Montoya’s fundamental constitutional right deprived the NCRPO Director of jurisdiction over Montoya’s administrative case, and the decision rendered by the NCRPO Director therein was void.”

1st Commissioner Luis Mario General’s Cup

1st Commissioner Luis Mario General’s Cup

Ibalon team wins 1st Lawman shootfest; NAPOLCOM Director tops the customized defense pistol division

The Ibalon shooting team unleashed an exceptional performance after winning the Sharp Shooter’s Pistol (SSP) and Customized Defense Pistol (CDP) divisions in the recent Joint 1st Police Commissioner Luis Mario General’s Cup, 11th 9ID Commander’s Cup and 15th PFGC-IDPA Regional Championship at the 9ID Firing Range, Camp Elias Angeles, Pili, Camarines Sur.

Unequaled shooting skills of the team Ibalon delivered multiple victories as they bagged the most coveted awards in various divisions over the four-day shootfest from February 26 to March 1, 2009.

The 5-man team Ibalon shooters were declared as the over-all champion from among the six competing teams participated by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), gun enthusiast civilians and guests.

Allan Dimaiwat of Ibalon shooting team, led the exuberance after the team conquered the 9ID firing range that paid off the very exhausted period of training and preparation to hone the shooting skills of his team.

Team Police Security Protection Group (PSPG), Regional Police Enforcement Unit (RPEU) 5 finished as first runner-up; while team Camarines Norte Provincial Police Office (PPO), Naga City Police Office (CPO), Masbate PPO, and Shield PPO finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th runners-up, respectively, in the final team standing.

In the individual competition, Emmanuel Llaguno of team Seagull grabbed the top spot in the expert shooters pistol (ESP) division, expert class. The sharp shooters class was won by Nino Aspe of team Judex while Leoncio Cirunay, Jr. yielded second place in the sharp shooter pistol (SSP) division.

For the unclassified/guest division, civilian class, NAPOLCOM Director Joseph Celis bagged the top slot. He chummed out impressive performances which placed him 13th place in the over-all standing out of 236 shooters who participated.

As for marksman class, CDP division, Junerick Malicad was declared first placer. He also won the 5th over-all rank.

Prior to the event, NAPOLCOM Commissioner Luis Mario M. General enjoined the participants to do not only their best but also to establish good relationship, camaraderie, esprit de corps and sportsmanship during the event.

NAPOLCOM sets police promotional exams

March 6, 2009

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has already set the Philippine National Police ( PNP ) promotional examinations to be administered nationwide on May 31, 2009.

NAPOLCOM Chairman Ronaldo V. Puno said that the Commission will start accepting applications starting March 12 until April 17, 2009.

According to Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta, the promotional exam is for all qualified uniformed members of the PNP . Those who will pass the said test shall be considered eligible for promotion to the next PNP rank corresponding to the examination’s Eligibility Rank Coverage (ERC).

Escueta said that the promotional exams cover the following categories: Police Officer (for PO2 and PO3); Senior Police Officer (for SPO1 to SPO4); Police Inspector (for Inspector and Senior Inspector); and Police Superintendent (for Chief Inspector and Superintendent).

PNP members should submit the following: application form (NAPOLCOM FORM 1-A) and Index card, three (3) recent and identical 1”x1” I.D. pictures with name tag, two (2) legal size window envelopes, certified true copy of attested appointment or PNP absorption order, certificate of completion of training, service record, and NAPOLCOM report of rating or Civil Service Commission (CSC) certificate of eligibility. For Bachelor of Science in Public Safety (BSPS) and BS/PMA graduates, submit a photocopy of General Order and certificate of completion of training. Examination fee is Php 400.00 for the Police Officer Exam, Php 450.00 for the Senior Police Exam, Php 500.00 for the Police Inspector Exam and Php 600.00 for the Police Superintendent Exam.

Interested parties can get free application forms from the NAPOLCOM-NCR office at Jacinta Bldg. 2 1840 Sta. Rita St., Guadalupe Nuevo, Edsa, Makati City or from any of the NAPOLCOM regional offices nationwide.

“The test areas for the promotional exams include questions on general information, police administration, police operations and values and ethical standards,” Escueta said.

Escueta added that application forms and the detailed subject coverage for each exam category can be downloaded at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Exam requirements can also be accessed through TEXT-NAPOLCOM by typing NAPOLCOM <space> EXAMREQ <space> ENTRANCE <space> (for PNP entrance exam) and NAPOLCOM <space> EXAMREQ <space> PROMOTION <space> “Exam Title” <space> “Present Rank” (for promotional exams), and send to 2333 for Globe and Touch Mobile, 356 for Smart and Talk ‘n Text, and 2269 for Sun Cellular subscribers. Applicants who fail to receive their notice of admission may also verify the status of his/her application by typing EXAMLOC <space> LAST NAME/FIRST NAME/MIDDLE NAME and send to the above numbers.

Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board (SOPPB) modified

March 2, 2009

In its continuing effort to support the peace and order situation of the country, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently approved the request of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to reconstitute its Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board (SOPPB) Committees “Alpha” and “Bravo.”

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Chairman Ronaldo V. Puno following the approval by the NAPOLCOM en banc of Memorandum Circular No. 2008-017 containing the guidelines for the two Committees.

According to NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta, the Committee “Alpha” shall involve the switch of committee designations between The Chief Directorial Staff (TCDS) and The Director for Personnel and Records Management (TDPRM), and the substitution of the committee membership from Deputy Directors to the Directors of the same Directorial Staff, except for the Director, Legal Service (DLS) who shall remain as regular member.
The reconstitution of the Committee “Bravo” shall involve the switch of committee designation between The Director, Human Resource and Doctrine Development (TDHRDD) and the Director, Investigation and Detective Management (TDIDM), and that the committee designations of Deputy Directors of the Directorial Staff as regular members shall remain.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the amendments on the composition of Committees “Alpha” and “Bravo” is aimed at enhancing the selection process and deliberation of senior PCOs eligible to star rank positions and other key positions in the PNP.

NAPOLCOM forms drug test teams

February 20, 2009

In its continuing commitment and unrelenting effort to further professionalize the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) en banc issued Memorandum Circular No. 2009-001 on the formation of NAPOLCOM drug test teams or engage the services of the drug test centers to conduct random drug tests on uniformed personnel of the PNP.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission shall conduct intensive investigation on the involvement of PNP personnel in the protection of manufacturers, pushers and syndicates of illegal drugs and similar substances, as well as in the manufacture, distribution, sale, or illegal use of drugs.
Escueta emphasized that “refusal of any PNP personnel to submit himself or herself to random drug test shall constitute insubordination or violation of the said Memorandum Circular and will warrant dismissal from the service or imposition of disciplinary sanctions as prescribed by law.”

He added that, “the NAPOLCOM directs the Chief PNP or the Regional Director to immediately order the relief of concerned unit head from their posts. A motu proprio investigation shall be conducted by the NAPOLCOM for the determination of the administrative liabilities of all PNP officials involved.”

Under the Memorandum Circular, the NAPOLCOM strictly directed the PNP to undertake an intensified and unrelenting campaign against illegal use and trafficking of dangerous drugs. The Commission also promulgated and prescribed rules and regulations like the “One-Strike Policy” to fight the eradication of illegal drugs in the country.

“The ‘One-Strike Policy’ on illegal drugs shall be strictly enforced in all provincial, city and municipal command levels of the PNP for purposes of determining administrative liabilities under the principle of Command Responsibility,” Escueta added.

The “One-Strike Policy” points out that when an illegal drug laboratory, drug den, distribution center or drug marketplace (tiangge), or a bodega or warehouse containing drugs, ingredients or paraphernalia used in the manufacture or production of illegal drugs located in the area of responsibility of a police unit is raided or discovered by another law enforcement unit of the PNP, PDEA, NBI or any Task Force created by the President, the head of the unit shall be immediately relieved without prejudice to the imposition of the appropriate administrative liability against the said unit head.

“The same policy applies when there are widely known and widespread incidents of drug trafficking or drug abuse in the area of responsibility,” Escueta added.

The Command Responsibility refers to the duty or obligation of every Police Commissioned Officer (PCO) to closely supervise, coordinate, control and monitor the discharge of duties of his subordinates as well as responsibility to control and monitor the activities of other units operating within the PCO’s area of jurisdiction and to take preventive or corrective measures as may be warranted.

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