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Napolcom says police operatives erred in Parañaque shootout

December 11, 2008 6:46 pm by pna

MANILA, Dec. 11 — The National Police Commission (Napolcom) said on Thursday that police operatives made a mistake when they failed to cordon off the scene of the bloody shootout with armed robbers in Parañaque City last week.

Citing initial findings by its eight-man fact-finding task force, Napolcom Vice Chairman Eduardo Escueta said that the police did not set up a barricade or "blocking force" at the rear gate of United Parañaque Subdivision (UPS) 4 that could have prevented the robbers from entering.

"We went to the site and interviewed witnesses and it turned out that the blocking force was only at the entrance of the subdivision, but there was none at the back," Escueta said.

The Napolcom official said that had the scene been isolated, innocent civilians would not have gone astray and unnecessarily harmed. Among those caught in the crossfire were a father and his seven-year-old daughter who were killed while passing in the area in their van.

Escueta pointed out that ground commanders should have anticipated all the possible problems and ensure that their men knew what to do, come what may.

"It should have been part of their operational plans, to make sure that all measures are in place to prevent civilian casualties," he stressed.

But Escueta clarified that they would still have to wait for the Philippine National Police's (PNP) initial report on the incident before making their official findings by next week.

When asked to comment on the police's supposed lapses, Chief Supt. Leopoldo Bataoil, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, said they respected the statement of the fact-finding team.

Bataoil also attributed the lack of an effective blocking force to the fall of the ground commander, Supt. Eleuterio Gutierrez of PNP-Highway Patrol Group, during the gun battle. Gutierrez was shot in head and is still fighting for his life.

"In any operation, it is the responsibility of the commanders on the ground to make sure that innocent civilians are first taken out of harm's way. In this particular case, Superintendent Gutierrez was hit," Bataoil told reporters at the Makati City Hall.

"Whatever happened there, whatever the commanders' judgement calls were, it should be investigated and explained. But right now Superintendent Gutierrez, who is in the position to explain everything, is in the hospital," Bataoil said.

The shootout in UPS 4 last Friday night left 12 suspected robbers, three civilians, and a policeman dead. The high civilian casualty rate led to the creation of the Napolcom fact-finding team, as well as investigations from other bodies, including the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). (PNA)

NAPOLCOM to conduct police tests for 43,284 examinees

October 22, 2008

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will administer the Philippine National Police ( PNP ) entrance and promotional examinations on Sunday (October 26) to a total of 43,284 examinees in designated schools in Makati City and 17 other testing centers nationwide.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta disclosed that 25,281 (58.41%) applied for PNP entrance examination while 18,003 (41.59%) admissions are for promotional level police service exams. The National Capital Region (NCR) accounts for 6,053 or 13.98% of the total number of examinees, 3,457 for PNP entrance test and 2,596 for promotional level.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that this Sunday’s examinations will cover the qualifying exam 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 subject coverage for the PNP entrance test consists of general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning, while the test areas for the promotional exams include questions on police administration and operations, values and ethical standards and general information,” Escueta said.

Director Isidro D. Siriban, NAPOLCOM-Personnel and Administrative Service Chief, said that the 6,053 Metro Manila examinees are scheduled to take the test at the Benigno Aquino High School, Fort Bonifacio High School and Pembo Elementary School, all in Makati City.

Other testing centers are in the cities of San Fernando (La Union and Pampanga), Tuguegarao, Calamba, Mamburao, Puerto Prinsesa, Legaspi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Koronadal, Butuan, Cotabato and Baguio.

Siriban also disclosed that the Planning and Research Service has just purchased a new scanning machine, an Optical Mark Reader (OMR), which will facilitate and expedite the release of examination results.

“The Commission requires all examinees to strictly observe a dress code in reporting to the examination centers. Applicants for the PNP Entrance exam are required to wear white T-shirt while those who will take the promotional exams should wear any shirt or polo with collar,” Siriban said.

Siriban added that examinees are discouraged from bringing their cellular phones and other electronic gadgets inside the examination room. Cars cannot be parked in the examination compound.

“Unless very necessary, examinees who are PNP members are enjoined not to bring their service firearms. If the examinees have to bring their guns, these should be accompanied with the proper documents,” Siriban stressed.

Examinees are advised to bring their notice of admission, pencils (Mongol No. 2), black ballpen and any identification card (ID).

NAPOLCOM conducts central-regional management conference

October 17, 2008

In its continuing effort to better enhance its public service delivery, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will conduct a strategic planning workshop during its quarterly central-regional management conference which will be held on October 19-22 at the Local Government Academy Resource Center, UP Los Baños Center.

According to DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ronaldo V. Puno, the strategic planning workshop aims for the Commission to chart its organizational direction towards realizing its constitutional mandate of administering and controlling the affairs of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“The Commission’s mandate over the PNP, which is manned by 129,000 uniformed and non-uniformed personnel, calls for a strong commitment and dedication of 500 NAPOLCOM officials and staff assigned at the Central Office and about 600 personnel in 17 regions nationwide,” Puno said.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Conference will be highlighted with its keynote speakers which include Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, Senator Gregorio B. Honasan and Congressman Rodolfo Antonino who will share their insights on the emerging role of the NAPOLCOM in the light of the complexities of modern day policing and peace and order concerns; PNP Chief Jesus A. Versoza will discuss his vision for the PNP, to include the emerging roles of a civilian and community-oriented police; P/Dir. Romeo Ricardo and P/Dir. Edgardo Acuña will present the PNP Medium-Term Development Plan and the PNP Medium-Term Investment Plan and the status on the implementation of the PNP Transformational Program, respectively; and Mr. Anthony Pangilinan will discuss about Transformational Leadership.

“The challenge of steering the NAPOLCOM staff towards a high level of organizational effectiveness, efficiency and productivity rests on the shoulders of our regional and staff directors, to include their assistant directors, who are participants in the planning workshop,” Escueta said, adding that “we will see a new and dynamic NAPOLCOM in the years ahead.”

104 Police Superintendents up for promotion says NAPOLCOM

September 15, 2008

In its continuing effort to support the peace and order situation of the country, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently approved the filling up of 104 vacancies in the third level rank of Police Senior Superintendent in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

This was announced by the NAPOLCOM Chairman Ronaldo V. Puno following the approval by the NAPOLCOM en banc of Resolution No. 2006-451 containing the guidelines for promotion.

According to the NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta, the Commission finds the CY 2008 Senior Superintendent Promotion Program to be in order considering that the filling up of vacancies shall reduce the number of vacancies for the senior superintendent rank to conform with the PNP pyramidal rank structure as provided under Napolcom Resolution No. 2001-070, and that the said filling up of vacancies shall not entail additional funding requirement.

The Napolcom Executive said that the filling up of 104 vacancies in the senior superintendent rank was approved after PNP Chief P/Dir. Gen. Avelino I. Razon, Jr. certified that, as of July 31, 2008, there are only 579 Police Senior Superintendents out of the authorized strength of 676.

The Napolcom en banc directed the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) to strictly observe the following guidelines for promotion: to ensure the nationwide dissemination of the promotional vacancies to be filled-up through publication and posting in conspicuous places for at least ten (10) calendar days; to ensure that the screening and evaluation of qualified promotable shall be in accordance with existing policies and guidelines for promotion; and to ensure that there shall be transparency in the implementation of the procedure so that only the best and the most qualified police officer shall be promoted

The resolution also stipulates that the PNP Promotion Board will suffer administrative sanctions for any adverse findings.

NAPOLCOM revises the PNP Reorganization Plan

September 12, 2008

In its continuing commitment and unrelenting effort to further professionalize the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today issued Resolution No. 2008-447 submitting to Congress the Revised Reorganizational Plan of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to Napolcom Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta, the Commission en banc approved the resolution in compliance with the Commission’s mandate to prepare and submit to Congress a proposed Reorganization Plan for the PNP on December 23, 1998.

The Proposed Reorganization Plan necessarily calls for a review and assessment as to its responsiveness and timeliness to be abreast with the current socio-economic developments as well as the fast-changing technology that impact on the police organization. The PNP has to pro-actively respond to current crime trends at the local and transnational levels to effectively implement its expanded role on Internal Security Operations under the Human Security Act and Executive Order No. 546.

Under the PNP Reorganization Plan’s design to effect organizational renewal in the PNP are the following: 1. Strengthening of the PNP Directorial Staff System by allowing the heads of the various Directorates to fully exercise “directing” functional authority for them to act dispositively on matters pertaining to their areas of concern for a more expeditious action on pending matters and allowing broader exercise of span of control by the Chief, PNP; 2. Promotion of Inter-Operability of the PNP Operating Units in the conduct of integrated anti-criminality, internal security and counter-terrorism operations with the operating units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP); 3. Retention of the PNP Regional Offices to strengthen inter-agency coordination and to ensure prompt delivery of police services both to PNP personnel and the community; 4. Adoption of measures for institutional effectiveness and productivity improvement by increased police visibility and efficient and optimized delivery of police services; and 5. The amendment of the PNP Rank Nomenclature for better coordination and cooperation with police agencies abroad. The proposed nomenclature is similar to the ranks being used by police agencies in Indonesia, Vietnam, Canada, New York and Israel.

EPD and MPD cops in hot water for physical injuries, homicide – NAPOLCOM

September 11, 2008

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) conducted today an initial investigation against PO3 Gerardo Javier assigned at the Intelligence Unit of the Eastern Police District and PO2 Bernardino Cruz assigned at the COMPACT, Police Station 1, Manila Police District for Grave Misconduct.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that PO3 Javier also faces criminal charges for physical injuries and reckless imprudence resulting to homicide.

Initial investigation showed that on September 6, 2008 at about 10 p.m. in San Agustin St., Brgy. Bolante II, Pasig City, suspect PO3 Javier, who was not in police uniform, allegedly accosted the victims Juan Cayabyab, Jr. and his 10-year old daughter on board the former’s motorcycle for not wearing helmets. Cayabyab, not knowing that the suspect was a police officer, fled the scene. The suspect chased Cayabyab and when he caught up with the victim, PO3 Javier mauled the latter with the use of his gun.

The incident caught the attention of the crowd and PO3 Javier pointed his gun towards the crowd to avoid the mob. According to witnesses who do not want to be identified, the suspect fired three (3) shots which accidentally hit market vendor Edwin Trancuangco and 12-year old victim Rodalyn Ferrer. A bullet entered Ferrer’s nape and exited at her head which caused her instantaneous death.

Meanwhile, initial investigation on the alleged shooting incident involving PO2 Bernardino Cruz indicated that on September 9, 2008, both PO2 Cruz and victim Archibald Bernardo were both on board their motorcycles when they ran into each other at the stretch of Paulino St. between the corners of Alfonso and Nepa Sts., Balut, Tondo, Manila. A confrontation happened and a gunfight ensued. At that instance, the victim Jerwin Turalba, 8 years old, who was then playing a kite, was hit by a stray bullet on the head while Archibald Bernardo, who was also wounded, managed to escape.

The victim Turalba was rushed to the Tondo General Hospital and was later transferred to another hospital, but he eventually died in the afternoon. PO2 Bernardino Cruz surrendered to the Raxabago Police Station, Tondo, Manila with his service firearm for further investigation and disposition.

Vice-Chair Escueta said that the Commission will still conduct an evaluation to determine a probable cause to warrant the filing of administrative cases against PO3 Gerardo Javier and PO2 Bernardino Cruz. They may face administrative charges for grave misconduct which is punishable by dismissal from the service.

“The Commission is at the forefront of its campaign for an improved police discipline and integrity,” Escueta said, adding that “It will not tolerate policemen whose nefarious acts taint the image of the PNP.”

On its 42th Founding Anniversary - NAPOLCOM honors rank-and-file, middle managers

September 8, 2008

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), in compliance with the austerity program of the government, will hold today a simple celebration of its 42nd founding anniversary.

Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ronaldo V. Puno announced that the Commission recognizes the rank-and-file employees for their selfless dedication and exemplary accomplishments as public servants.

Chairman Puno shall be assisted by newly designated Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta and Commissioner Luis Mario M. General in giving awards and commendations to the best middle managers, supervisors and associates of the Commission.

Selected employees from each Service/Office will also be given special awards per area of specialization.

“We take pride in giving awards to our rank-and-file, supervisors and middle managers who are in the frontline services of the Commission in bringing the NAPOLCOM closer to its clientele,” Chairman Puno said.

The Commission will also confer loyalty awards to employees who have rendered 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of dedicated public service.

A concelebrated mass will be held at 8:30 in the morning and will be followed by recognition rites for all awardees.

106 Police Officers pass NAPOLCOM PESE exam

September 05, 2008

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

According to NAPOLCOM Chairman Ronaldo V. Puno the Commission issued Resolution No. 2008-450 for the conferment of PES Eligibility to the 106 successful examinees. “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,” Puno said.

Out of the 148 who took the final phase of the PESE, only 106 (72%) passed the panel interview.

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

NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Director Isidro D. Siriban said that the 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.

The (NAPOLCOM) by virtue of its constitutional mandate to administer and control the Philippine National Police (PNP) confers the PESE on the following 106 successful examinees, to wit:

Abad, Severino Jr. Aba; Abellera, Ulysses J; Acio, Rosauro V; Acorda, Benjamin, Jr. C.; Aglugub, Jeremias E.; Almaden, George L.; Alva, Joaquin R.; Amper, Wilson M.; Angara, Renato C.; Arcinas, Ariel C.; Arevalo, Victor V.; Aguelles, Jessor S.; Arnaldo, Jon A.; Arroyo, Audie E.; Asueta, Wilson C.; Baraceros, Noel A.; Barrios, Cornelio N.; Bayting, Romaldo G.; Bombita, Virgil F.; Bragais Epifanio Jr. A.; Bucayu, Franklin Jesus B.; Bucsit, Pierre R.; Buentipo, Danilo B.; Cabal, Ligaya S.; Cabalona, Arthur R.; Cabatingan, Pedro Jr. B.; Cabral, Ronaldo R.; Caramat, Romeo Jr M.; Casimiro, Candido Jr. S.; Cruz, Gilberto D.; Danao, Vicente, Jr. D.; De Guzman, Ramon G.; Delmendo, Petronilo, Jr. J.; Derilo, Rex O.; Diray, Julito M.; Ecaldre, Sofronio P.; Escobal, Filmore B.; Espina Leonardo A.; Espino, Jose Mario M.; Fabia, Daniel III B.; Fajardo, Roberto G.; Fortes, Allen M.; Francisco, Leo M.; Ga, Leony Roy G.; Gayotin, Melvin A.; Gohel, Joseph Ulysses C.; Guzman, Benigno L.; Guzman, Vina H.; Hernia, Sidney S.; Hidalgo Jose Jr. S.; Langcauon, Ma. Antonietta C.; Lawas, Rey Lyndon T.; Layug, Ricardo, Jr. G.; Licup, Emmanuel Luis D.; Llanera, Ronaldo L.; Loot, Vicente A.; Lusad, Benjamin M.; Mabanag, Franklin Moises R.; Marinas, Laureno Alexis R.; Martinez, Marlou L.; Melad, James Andres B.; Meneses, Gil C.; Mondejar, John Ramon L.; Montenegro, Francisco Don C.; Mukaram, Madzgani M.; Nerez, Isagani R.; Okubo, Edgar Allan O.; Oliquiano, Reymundo P.; Padua, Ruben E.; Page, Robert T.; Perez, Arnulfo DR.; Poklay, David N.; Posadas, Fidel G.; Posadas, Ritchie Medardo A.; Primero, Silvestre A.; Pua, Gregorio A.; Pumecha, Alexander A.; Purugganan, Ramon D.; Quidato, Winnie DC.; Rafael, Leon DG.; Raga, Fe C.; Rariza, Mario, Jr. N.; Reamon, Bernardo L.; Reyes, Mario A.; Ricaforte, Rosueto V.; Robles, Erwin C.; Rodriguez, Robert T.; Romana, Noli A.; Rosales, Roberto L.; Salido, Joselito F.; Salinas, Cornelio R.; Sampaga, Alexander J.; Santiago, Rafael, Jr. P.; Santos, Alexander P.; Segaya, Rolando S.; Singian, Keith Ronald L.; Soria, Renato M.; Sto. Domingo Jesse J.; Subong, Arrazad P.; Tabora, Jose F.; Tamayo, Belli B.; Tolejano, Genesis L.; Unay, Brigido B.; Vega, Roque Eduardo D.; Victorio, Wilson R. and Villamor, Gonzalo, Jr. C.

The Commission earlier declared the result of the PESE written examination conducted on May 25, 2008 at the NCRPO Training School in Bicutan, Paranaque City; the University of Cebu in Banilad, Cebu City; and the University of Mindanao, Bolton Street, Davao City wherein 149 out of 542 examinees passed.

The NAPOLCOM has promulgated Resolution No. 2006-082, prescribing the PESE in the ranks of Senior Superintendent and higher.

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.

Schedule of Conferment rites will be announced later.

NAPOLCOM renovates building - assures clientele of continuous public service

July 15, 2008

In its continuing effort to better enhance its public service delivery, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has started the renovation of its 30-year old edifice in Makati City which is being used as its Central Office.

NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Director Isidro D. Siriban said that there is a need to rehabilitate and improve the building’s facilities and appurtenances already considered defective and outmoded, such as the electrical system; the Chairman’s Office; the old and damaged marble floor tiles at the lobby entrances of the 3rd and 5th floors; the old and damaged vinyl floor tiles in all offices of the building; the damaged steel casement windows at the common comfort rooms and stairways; refurbishing of the fire alarm system; installation of movable partitions at the Multi-purpose Hall (sound proof) and the installation of new fire ladder for the front facade.

“We trust that the new renovations will redound to a more improved and efficient NAPOLCOM service delivery,” adding that, “the Commission officials assures the public of its continuous administration of frontline services despite the minor inconveniences brought about by the renovation,” Siriban said.

PGMA appoints two new NAPOLCOM Commissioners

July 31, 2008

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently appointed Eduardo U. Escueta and Luis Mario M. General as the two (2) new NAPOLCOM Commissioners, representing the civilian sector in the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), the agency which has administrative control and operational supervision over the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“The NAPOLCOM welcomes the well-deserved appointments of Commissioner Escueta and Commissioner General. Their years and experience in law and government service will be an asset to the Commission,” NAPOLCOM Chaiman Ronaldo V. Puno said.

According to Chairman Puno, Escueta and General will be an addition to the two (2) other commissioners of the NAPOLCOM as provided under Section 3 of the Republic Act No. 8551 or the Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998.

Commissioner Escueta, who is designated to be the Vice Chairman and Executive Officer of the Commission, is a law graduate from the U.P. College of Law. He finished his tertiary education at the Ateneo De Manila University.

Prior to his appointment as Commissioner he was the founding partner of the Escueta Yasay and Partners , Escueta Tan Acut and Madrid Law Offices and the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz Law Offices. He also served as Senate Legal Counsel, Senate of the Philippines and as Chief of Staff in the Office of Senator Edgardo J. Angara.

Commissioner General, on the other hand, is a former Executive Director of the Support Service and Field Operations Office (FOSSO) of the Department of Agrarian Reforms. He was also appointed as Regional Director of the Land Transportation Office in Region V, Legaspi City. He also served as Legal Consultant to the National Amnesty Commission.

As an academician, General was a Professor in the Commerce/Arts and Sciences Departments in Ateneo de Naga University and University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City.

In recognition for his invaluable contribution in Government service, he was awarded the Government Specialist Fellow Award by the Jaime V. Ongpin Institute of Business and Government Foundation. He is also a recipient of numerous local awards and citations.

At present, the NAPOLCOM is chaired by Secretary Puno with Commissioners Celia V. Sanidad-Leones and Miguel G. Coronel as regular members and PNP Chief Avelino I. Razon as ex-officio Commissioner.

NAPOLCOM, bukas pa rin sa publiko (sa kabila ng pagpapaayos)

July 15, 2008

“Handa pa rin kaming maglingkod sa publiko at sa mga miyembro ng Philippine National Police (PNP) sa kabila ng init at alikabok.” Ito ang pahayag ng mga opisyal at kawani ng National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM).

Ayon kay Dir. Isidro D. Siriban, Tagapagsalita at Hepe ng Personnel and Administrative Service ng NAPOLCOM, “Ang pinagdadaanang hirap ng mga kawani at ng mga taong nagsasadya sa aming tanggapan na dulot ng pagsasaayos ng gusali ay hindi maiiwasan at ang Komisyon ay humihingi ng paumanhin sa mga pangyayari.” Dagdag pa niya na ang layunin na maiayos ang mga instalasyon ng kuryente, palitan ang mga lumang flooring nito at pinturahan ang gusali ay upang ang building na may 30 taon na ay maging mas matibay para sa kaligtasan ng mga kawani at ng publiko.

Nagpalabas din ng advisory ang Medical Section ng Komisyon na pinamumunuan ni Dra. Imerey Ramos na magkakaroon ng pagdidisinfect ng departamento kasunod ang pagbibigay ng Flu Vaccine upang mabigyang proteksyon ang mga empleyadong nagkakasakit sanhi ng init at alikabok at kawalan ng sariwang hangin dulot ng pagsasaayos ng gusali.

Sa En Banc Resolution No. 2007-248 na inaprubahan ang malakihang repair ng building na kasalukuyang inuokupahan ng NAPOLCOM Central Office, nasasaad dito ang mga tanggapan na aayusin at ang halagang gugugulin sa pagaayos.

“Umaasa kami sa pang-unawa ng lahat ng taong apektado ng pangyayaring ito at umasa rin kayo sa mas maayos na serbisyong aming ibibigay matapos lang ang renovation na ito,” pagwawakas ni Siriban.

NAPOLCOM notes low passing rate - 12.23% hurdle police exams

June 18, 2008

Of the total 38,808 examinees, only 4,745 or 12.23% passed the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) administered police examinations conducted last April 28, 2008 in designated schools in Metro Manila and 24 other testing centers nationwide.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Commissioner Celia V. Sanidad-Leones as the Commission released the list of successful examinees in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations.

NAPOLCOM statistics reveal that in the PNP entrance test, a requirement for initial appointment to the rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1), only 3,533 (16.29%) out of the 21,684 examinees passed. Of the 17,124 examinees who took the promotional tests, only 1,212 (7%) passed, with 734 in the Police Officer exam, 452 in the Senior Police Officer exam, 20 in the Inspector exam and 6 in the Superintendent exam.

According to Leones, the passing percentage rate in the PNP entrance and promotional examinations is much lower compared to last October 28, 2007 exam passing percentage of 21.41%.

“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,” Leones 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.”

According to NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Director Isidro D. Siriban 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 will be entertained on the first week of July by 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.

27% police execs pass PESE exam: NAPOLCOM

June 10, 2008

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today released the result of the recently concluded Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) examination for Police Commissioned Officers held on May 25, 2008.

Out of the 542 police officials who took the exam, only 149 (117 from Luzon, 18 from Visayas and 14 from Mindanao) or 27% passed the PESE exam held at the National Capital Region Training School in Bicutan, Taguig; the University of Cebu in Banilad, Cebu; and the University of Mindanao, Bolton Street, Davao City.

According to NAPOLCOM Commissioner Celia V. Sanidad-Leones, 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), focused on executive emotional quotient inventory, leadership competency assessment, moral development, job knowledge, communication skills assessment 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,” Leones said.

Those who passed the written examination is now eligible to take the second phase which is the panel interview, the schedule of which shall be announced later.

NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Director Isidro D. Siriban said that passers shall be notified through a NAPOLCOM Resolution to be disseminated to the PNP-Directorate for Personnel and Records Management at the PNP National Headquarters, Camp Crame, Quezon City.

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 requirements for police choppers

June 3, 2008

In its effort to continuously increase police visibility in the country and improve mobility of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) en banc recently approved Resolution No. 2008-260 which prescribes the standard specifications for Light Police Operational Helicopter of the PNP.

According to NAPOLCOM Commissioner Celia V. Sanidad-Leones, the helicopter is an addition to the existing Rotary Wing Inventory of the PNP for the use of the PNP Air Unit, Special Action Force Group (SAFG).

The helicopters will be deployed to augment the police visibility in key cities in the country to meet the growing advanced technology of criminals.

The acquisition of helicopters is under the P10-M modernization fund approved by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Leones said that the PNP Uniform and Equipment Standardization Board (UESB) has favorably submitted and indorsed the standard specifications for the Light Police Operational Helicopter for approval of the NAPOLCOM.

The new resolution provides for the standard police equipment features of PNP helicopters, such as 15-20 Million Candlepower searchlight, Global Positioning System (Moving Map, Colored), Infrared Sensor and Continuous Zoom Color TV Camera, Fold-Down Monitor Mount, Digital Recorder, Dual Audio Controller and other standard features.

PNP Traffic Management Group renamed to PNP Highway Patrol Group - NAPOLCOM

May 28, 2008

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), the agency constitutionally mandated to exercise administrative control and operational supervision over the Philippine National Police (PNP), recently issued Resolution No. 2008-262 renaming the PNP Traffic Management Group (PNP-TMG) into PNP Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG).

According to NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Chief Isidro D. Siriban, the renaming of the PNP-TMG is aimed at addressing the misconception that the functions of the said unit merely duplicate and overlap the functions of the Traffic Enforcement Groups of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the different local police units.

“Under the PNP Reorganization Plan, the TMG is retained as one of the operational support units of the PNP which shall enforce traffic laws and regulation,” Siriban said.

The Highway Patrol Group shall continue to conduct motorized patrol to safeguard and protect persons and properties, preserve the peace, maintain order, prevent the commission of crimes, suppress criminal activities, apprehend criminals, neutralize syndicated group that victimizes motorists, and spearhead operations against carnapping, hijacking, highway robbery and other forms of criminality along the highway.

The PNP-HPG shall also maintain and improve the database for Wanted Motor Vehicle Information System (WVIS), develop wanted carnapping personality information system, conduct scientific research and develop database pertaining to traffic accidents and other safety infringements along the highways.

It is also tasked to enforce deputation orders of the law enforcement agencies pertaining to regulations and restrictions on the acquisition and use of motor vehicles along the highways, and the entry and exit between inter-island travel; and to formulate and conduct aggressive education programs, projects and activities that will be carried out down to the provincial, city and municipal levels through mutual cooperation between government functionaries.

PNP procurement process to be monitored says NAPOLCOM

April 17, 2008

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) en banc recently resolved to create an “Oversight Committee” to monitor the procurement of equipment by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairperson Ronaldo V. Puno and NAPOLCOM Commissioners Celia V. Sanidad-Leones and Miguel G. Coronel approved Resolution No. 2008-158 taking into consideration the need for the NAPOLCOM to determine and monitor issues and concerns that may be brought to its attention involving the procurement process of logistical needs by the PNP to ensure transparency and compliance with the Government Procurement Reform Act (Republic Act No. 9184).

Comr. Coronel shall oversee the Committee and he is joined up by DILG Assistant Secretary Oscar F. Valenzuela and NAPOLCOM Installations and Logistics Service Director Conrado L. Sumanga, Jr.

The Committee shall monitor every stage of the procurement process undertaken by the PNP in the procurement of all its logistical needs to see to it that the same is in compliance with the provisions of RA No. 9184 and the policies of the Commission with regard to Specification Standards.

It is also the function of the Committee to review, as the case may be, documents after the Award of the PNP Purchase Contract involving P500M and below, as provided for under Executive Order No. 423 dated April 30, 2005, prior to the issuance of the Notice to Proceed to the winning Bidder.

Further, the Committee shall immediately address issues and concerns that may be brought to its attention involving the procurement process.

Comr. Coronel, ASEC Valenzuela and Dir. Sumanga, Jr. shall also report to the Commission their findings and recommendations relative to all procurements entered into by the PNP.

The findings and recommendations of the Oversight Committee shall be the basis for the issuance of the certification by the Department Secretary/NAPOLCOM Chairperson on the PNP purchase contract required under Section 4b, Executive Order No. 423, series of 2005.

The Commission en banc also decided that to effectively discharge its functions, the Oversight Committee, upon request, shall be provided by the concerned offices of the PNP copies of the reports and documents pertaining to the procurement transactions of the PNP.

The NAPOLCOM created the Committee pursuant to the Constitution and RA No. 6975 as amended by RA No. 8551 emphasizing the exercise of administrative control and operational supervision by the NAPOLCOM 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 PESE exams

March 28, 2008

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announced today the conduct of the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) to be administered on May 25, 2008.

NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Chief Isidro D. Siriban said that the Commission will start accepting applications starting March 31 until April 18, 2007. According to Director Siriban, 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.

According to Siriban 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 verbal ability, analytical ability, social awareness and managerial ability.

“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: One (1) recent 1”x1” and two (2) latest I.D. (Passport size) picture 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 (Police Superintendent/Police Officer First Class) or Civil Service Commission (CSC) certificate of eligibility, or RA No. 1080/6506.

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.

PGMA okays promotion of NCRPO’s chief of regional directorial staff – Napolcom

February 22, 2008

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today announced that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has approved NAPOLCOM’s recommendation to promote P/SSupt. Felicisimo V. Khu Jr. to police chief superintendent (equivalent to one-star general in the military).

NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Chief Isidro D. Siriban said that President Arroyo acted upon Napolcom Resolution No. 2008-13, approving the promotion of P/SSupt Felicisimo V. Khu Jr., assigned at the National Capital Regional Police Office as the Chief of the Regional Directorial Staff. He is also a member of the NAPOLCOM Test Development Committee and panel interviewers on the Police Examination Service Eligibility (PESE). Khu has also been conferred with the Career Service Eligibility (CSEE) per CSC Resolution No. 040681 dated 21 June 2004.

“Hand in hand with the NAPOLCOM’s determined efforts to continuously remove misfits and scalawags in the PNP is the Commission’s commitment to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our police officers through career advancement and promotion,” Director Siriban said, adding that “Our new police chief superintendent truly deserves his promotion because he has fully met all the promotional requirements and has been cleared from money and property accountability and from any pending criminal or administrative case.”

The promotion of Khu brings to 69 the total number of chief superintendents based on the approved PNP rank distribution scheme as of Dec. 31, 2007. At present, the PNP has three (3) deputy directors (three-star general), and 1 director general (four-star general).

Napolcom upgrades police exam fee, other charges

February 21, 2008

Starting this year, applicants for the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance and promotional tests will have to shell out Php 400 up to Php 700 as examination fees.

Napolcom Personnel and Administrative Service Director, Isidro D. Siriban disclosed that the revised rate for the PNP entrance and police officer exams shall be Php 400.00 which is Php 200.00 more than the previous rate. As regards the promotional exams, the adjusted exam fees are as follows: senior police officer, Php 450.00; police inspector, Php 500.00; superintendent, Php 600.00; police executive service eligibility, Php 700.00; and Issuance of testimonial eligibilities to` PNP graduates and recipients of Board of Officers Resolution No. 4 – Php 300.00.

The Napolcom upgraded the fees and charges for certification of ratings, testimonial eligibility and other clearances to meet the spiraling expenses being incurred in the delivery of services, such as the utilization of advanced technology.

Siriban said that the Commission has been operating in a highly technological environment using computers, laser printers and other accessories that significantly increase expenses in supplies, materials and power consumption.

The new rate for the certification of Napolcom documents, such as Certification attesting to the fact that a person passed a police examination; Certification of pendency or non pending case; and other certifications as maybe requested by a person or police member is pegged at Php 150.00, respectively.

As for the authentication of documents, for a one-page document Php 50.00; in excess of one-page but not more than 20 pages, rate of one-page document plus Php 15.00 per additional page; in excess of one-page but not more than 50 pages, rate of one-page document plus Php 10.00 per additional page; and in excess of 50 pages, rate of one-page document plus Php 5.00 per additional page.

For correction of clerical or typographical error in the name, date of birth and other particulars of a successful examinee appearing in the report of rating, the new rate is Ph 200.00.

Reproduction of Napolcom issuances, one Resolution or Memorandum Circular will cost Php 5.00 per page; Annual compilation of Napolcom issuances, 300.00 per year; and CD Must-Read Resolution/Memorandum Circulars, Php 150.00 per year.

The filing fee for NAB or RAB appeals was raised from Php 100.00 to Php 300.00. Application for height waiver upgraded to Php 100.00 while the pensioner’s ID was increased to Php 100.00 from Php 50.00 in 2004.

NAPOLCOM announces 2008 police exams calendar

February 8, 2008

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announces the Philippine National Police ( PNP ) entrance and promotional examinations to be administered nationwide on April 27 and October 26, 2008.

NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Chief Isidro D. Siriban said that the Commission will start accepting applications starting February 7 until March 17, 2007 for the April 27, 2008 exams and from July 7 to August 29, 2008 for the October 26, 2008 police exams.

According to Director Siriban the two (2) sets of police exams – one for civilians aspiring to join the PNP and the other for those who are already in the police service – shall be conducted simultaneously in designated schools in Metro Manila and 18 other testing centers nationwide.

Siriban also said that the PNP entrance test is open to civilians who are college graduates and not more 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.

The promotional exam, on the other hand, 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).

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).

Civilian applicants must bring 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 and Barangay Clearance for the Manila applicants only.

PNP members should submit the following: 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.

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. Examination fee is Php 400.00 for the PNP Entrance and 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 subject coverage for the PNP entrance test consists of general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning, while the test areas for the promotional exams include questions on general information, police administration, police operations and police customs and traditions/values and ethical standards,” Siriban said.

Siriban 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.

Fake NAPOLCOM employee apprehended for usurpation of authority

February 6, 2008

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) warned the public today against persons misrepresenting themselves as NAPOLCOM employees in order to victimize PNP officers seeking promotion, claimants of police benefits and applicants for police examinations after the apprehension of Edwin D. Josafat for Usurpation of Authority and Estafa through Falsification of Public Documents in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.

NAPOLCOM Chairman Ronaldo V. Puno said that prior to Josafat’s apprehension in Mindoro, he has three (3) standing Warrants of Arrest issued by the Baguio City Municipal Trail Court for the same offenses.

In a spot report furnished to the Commission by the Mamburao Municipal Police Station, Occidental Mindoro, the complainants Ulysis T. Sales and Melvin Torreliza, who both took the PNP Entrance exam administered by the NAPOLCOM on October 28, 2007, met the respondent on-board a ro-ro bound for Batangas, and in one of their conversations, the NAPOLCOM examination became a topic. The respondent then represented himself as being connected with the NAPOLCOM and that he is in a position to secure the required eligibility for a fee. Both complainants gave him P10,000.00 and P35,000.00, respectively, and the latter gave each complainant what alleged to be a NAPOLCOM Report of Rating indicating that the victims passed the PNP Entrance Examination. The complainants made verification from the NAPOLCOM website and NAPOLCOM text service and found out that they did not pass the exam and that the Report of Rating given to them is a falsified document and that it was never issued by the NAPOLCOM.

Confiscated from Josafat were two (2) falsified PNP Identification Cards under the name Edwin Deliquina Josafat and Eduardo Deliquina Torres with the rank of Police Chief Inspector and one (1) NAPOLCOM Identification Card under the name Edwin D. Josafat with designation as Police Community Relations Officer.

According to NAPOLCOM Commissioner Celia V. Sanidad-Leones, “The Commission remains steadfast in preserving the integrity of our Office and we will take appropriate action against anyone who may try to tarnish the good image of the NAPOLCOM by misrepresenting the Office to influence the outcome of any Commission action or to victimize PNP personnel seeking promotion, police benefits and applicants for police examination.”

21.41% hurdle police exams

January 27, 2008

Of the total 37,229 examinees, only 7,969 or 21.41% passed the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) administered police examinations conducted last October 28, 2007 in designated schools in Metro Manila and 17 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.

NAPOLCOM statistics reveal that in the PNP entrance test, a requirement for initial appointment to the rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1), only 6,549 (26.98%) out of the 24,274 examinees passed. Of the 12,955 examinees who took the promotional tests, only 1,420 (10.96%) passed, with 832 in the Police Officer exam, 488 in the Senior Police Officer exam, 81 in the Inspector exam and 19 in the Superintendent exam.

According to Puno, the passing percentage rate in the PNP entrance and promotional examinations is higher compared to last April 29, 2007 exam passing percentage of 11.57%.

 “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,” Chairman Puno 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.”

Puno 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 will be entertained on the second week of February by 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.

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