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Lady police official tops NAPOLCOM PESE exam

December 17, 2014

For the first time since 2006, a lady police official placed first in the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) examination process administered by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) for the third level ranks in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

P/Supt. Jeanurada J. Macario, presently assigned at the PNP General Hospital, Health Service, PNP National Headquarters, is this year’s topnotcher among the 88 senior police officials who passed both the written and validation interview phases of the PES Eligibility process.

This was disclosed by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta as he announced the 8th PESE Conferment Rites on December 19 which will be held at the Jesse M. Robredo Hall, DILG-NAPOLCOM Center in Quezon City, with DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mar Roxas as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

P/Supt. Macario has impressive academic credentials. She has a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree and two (2) master’s degrees, Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) and Master in Public Administration (MPA). She is also a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in her 15 years of dedicated police service.

Prior to her present assignment as Nurse PCO (Police Commissioned Officer) at the PNP General Hospital, P/Supt. Macario served as Deputy Chief then Chief Nurse at the Regional Health Service, Police Regional Office (PRO) 9 and as Chief of Police of the General Service Division, PNP Health Service.

P/Supt. Macario and husband P/Chief Insp. Reuben Macario, who ranked fourth in this year’s batch of PESE conferees, have three (3) daughters.

Other PNP officials who made it to the top five of the PESE exam are as follows: P/Chief Insp. Ryan Manongdo, Acting Chief, Logistic/Finance, Pangasinan Provincial Police Office, PRO 1 (Top 2); P/Chief Insp. Mary Grace Nasdoman, Chief, Plans Section, Office of the Regional Logistics Division, National Capital Region Police Office (Top 3); P/Chief Insp. Reuben Macario, Administrative Officer, Regional Health Service, PRO 9 (Top 4); and P/Chief Insp. Vener Santos, Women and Children’s Complaint Division, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, PNP National Headquarters (Top 5).

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the 88 passers represent 52.69% of the 167 police officials who underwent the panel interview, which is the second and final phase of the PES eligibility process. The 88 conferees consist of two (2) Police Senior Superintendents, 57 Police Superintendents and 29 Police Chief Inspectors.

The PESE which has two (2) phases, the written exam and the panel interview, is an eligibility requirement for the ranks of Police Senior Superintendent, Police Chief Superintendent, Police Director, Police Deputy Director General and Police Director General.

“The PESE tests contain analytical questions on police leadership and police values designed to select the best future leaders in the police service,” Escueta said.

The complete list of PESE conferees can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

NAPOLCOM strengthens PNP crime research and investigation capabilities through e-technology

December 4, 2014

Criminals on the loose and spurious and fake warrants of arrest may soon be things of the past when the Philippine National Police (PNP) shall have maintained Clearance Systems through e-projects (e-blotters, e-warrants and e-rogues).

This was announced by National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta after the Commission approved the strengthening, restructuring and renaming of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) Research and Analysis Division to Crime Research and Analysis Center (CRAC).

Escueta said that the CRAC shall serve as a unit under the supervision and control of the DIDM tasked to conduct in-depth studies, researches and analyses of crimes nationwide. The Center shall focus on strengthening the PNP investigation capabilities and analysis of crime trends and modi operandi based on gathered facts and reports.

The Center is likewise mandated to formulate guidelines for collecting, recording, analyzing and reporting of crime data; conduct trainings and seminars on crime research and analysis in coordination with the PNP Training Service; prepare reports on specific crimes based on their geographical aspects which can lead to practical solutions and prevention of intermittent crimes; draft and recommend proposals for strategic planning, investigation and crime solution, and communicate with local government agencies and international agencies on matters pertaining to crime research and analysis; and formulate plans and policies on the deployment of investigators and detectives, and conduct review and evaluation of existing policies for organizational effectiveness.

Moreover, the CRAC shall serve as the central repository of all crime statistics reported to the PNP including crimes reported at the barangay level, maintaining a database of pertinent information relating to specific types of crimes committed.

“The Commission approved the PNP’s proposal to further enhance the operational capability and efficiency of the DIDM in order to effectively implement its mandate to assist and advise the Chief, PNP in the direction, control, coordination and supervision of the investigation activities of the PNP,” Escueta said.

167 senior police officials undergo PESE interview

November 28, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will conduct the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) Validation Interview for Police Commissioned Officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on November 29 and 30, 2014 (Saturday and Sunday) at the new NAPOLCOM office in Quezon City.

A total of 141 police officials who passed the Written Examination, the first phase of the PESE process, conducted on August 24, 2014 and 26 re-interviewees are eligible to undergo the second and final phase which is the Validation Interview.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the PESE is an eligibility requirement for the third level ranks of Police Senior Superintendent, Police Chief Superintendent, Police Director, Police Deputy Director General and Police Director General.

Escueta said that the PES Eligibility process involves analytical questions on police leadership and police values as well as job knowledge in order to get the best future leaders in the police service.

Panels of interviewers are composed of senior officials from the NAPOLCOM and PNP and representatives from the academe and the civil society.

Interviewees are required to wear their General Office Attire (GOA) “Type A” uniform for the interview and report to the NAPOLCOM office located at DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, NAPOLCOM Bldg., EDSA cor. Quezon Ave., West Triangle, Quezon City at least one (1) hour before their scheduled time.

For more details, contact the Examining Division, Personnel and Administrative Service at telephone numbers (02) 899-0085 and (02) 403-2588.

20.50% pass PNP entrance exam

November 25, 2014

A total of 2,323 or 20.50% out of the 11,332 examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance Examination conducted by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on November 9, 2014 in designated schools in Metro Manila and other testing centers nationwide.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta as the Commission released the list of successful examinees in the PNP Entrance Examination. The result of the Promotional Examinations shall be released soon.

“The immediate release of the result of the PNP Entrance Examination is in consonance with the Commission’s commitment with the PNP and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to make the examination results in synch with the police recruitment process to enable the PNP to hire the most competent and qualified applicant to enter the police service,” Escueta said.

Vice-Chairman Escueta reiterates the Commission’s earlier warning for applicants of the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations not to commit any form of examination irregularity, such as cheating, impersonation, perjury or violation of examination rules, since the NAPOLCOM has a computer system that keeps track of the answer patterns of examinees.

Escueta said that the list of successful examinees is posted at the NAPOLCOM central office in its new building located at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, NAPOLCOM Bldg., Edsa Corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City, and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Individual reports of rating will be mailed to all examinees. Verification of test results will be entertained at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide starting first week of December 2014.

NAPOLCOM promotes 2 brave cops

November 24, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently confirmed the special promotion of two (2) police officers who showed conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of their lives.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta after the Commission en banc approved the special promotion to the next higher rank of PO1 Roel O. Armecin of the T’boli Community Police Assistance Center (COMPAC), Brgy. Sinolon, T’boli, South Cotabato and PO1 Randy T. Dumaguing (Posthumous) of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF).

PO1 Armecin was granted special promotion for singlehandedly engaging 15 fully armed men believed to be members of the CPP-NPA-NDF (CNN) who lobbed a grenade and relentlessly opened fire at the T’boli COMPAC on March 20, 2013. As the suspects peppered him with gunfire and hurdled another grenade, PO1 Armecin took a vantage position and courageously engaged the pursuing CNN members which resulted in the killing of one and injuring of another that lead to the withdrawal of the attackers.

The Commission also approved the posthumous special promotion of PO1 Dumaguing who gallantly fought during an armed encounter with an undetermined number of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) members who attacked Brgy. Maitumaig, Datu Unsay on August 10, 2012. PO1 Dumaguing was one of the SAF Troopers requested to augment the Maguindanao Police Provincial Office personnel after receiving information from intelligence units that the BIFF will simultaneously attack military camps in Maguindanao province.

The NAPOLCOM en banc, composed of DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mar Roxas, Vice-Chairman Escueta, Comr. Alejandro S. Urro, Comr. Luisito T. Palmera, Comr. Constancia P. De Guzman and PNP Chief Alan La Madrid Purisima, approved the special promotion of the two (2) police officers after the NAPOLCOM meticulously validated their heroism following the recommendations made by the PNP Special Promotion, Awards and Decorations Board (SPADB).

NAPOLCOM announces special police examinations

November 24, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today announced the conduct of a Special Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations on December 14, 2014 in designated schools in Makati City and six (6) other testing centers nationwide.

“The Commission is at the forefront in its campaign for an improved quality of police service. Hence, the conduct of the special exams for police entrants is in consonance with the PNP’s thrust to hire the most competent and qualified applicant to enter the police service and to attain the ideal police to population ratio of 1:500,” NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said.

Escueta said that the period of filing of application for the Special Entrance Examination started today, November 24, and will end on December 3, 2014.

“Only applicants with printed letter-reply/corresponding reference number confirming their scheduled appointment shall be entertained,” Escueta said.

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

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

Escueta emphasized, however, that the Special Promotional Examination shall be administered only to all police officers who are candidates for attrition due to non-promotion for 10 years or more because of lack of appropriate eligibility. The police examinees who have been pre-identified by the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) shall be processed through “walk-in” by the NAPOLCOM Regional Offices concerned.

Director Josephmar B. Gil, Acting Service Chief of the NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service, said that each examination center is allocated a quota of 1,000 applicants for the entrance examination and is open nationwide. Applicant has the option to choose the examination center where he/she will take the examination. The selected testing centers are located in the cities of Makati, Calamba and Baguio (Luzon), Cebu and Iloilo (Visayas), and Davao and Zamboanga (Mindanao).

Application forms and index cards can be obtained for free at any NAPOLCOM Regional Office nationwide. They may also be downloaded from www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Civilian applicants must bring the printed letter-reply/corresponding reference number confirming the scheduled appointment; two recent, identical and color 1”x1” ID pictures with white background and complete name tag (for PNP members, the name tag should indicate the rank before the name); one legal size window envelope with P12 worth of mailing stamp (for NCR, CAR and Region 4A) and P15 (for Regions 6, 7, 9 and 10); transcript of scholastic record with Special Order issued by CHED or diploma; and birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar or National Statistics Office (NSO). For a PO1 with temporary appointment, a certified true copy of Attested Appointment/Plantilla Appointment or Special Order is also required for submission.

Applicants for the Special Promotional Examinations should submit their applications together with their College diploma and letter issued by DPRM, to the center of their choice of preference.

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

The coverage for the PNP Entrance Examination consists of general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning; while the PNP Promotional Examinations include general information, police administration and operations, and police customs and traditions/values and ethical standards.

The NAPOLCOM issued Memorandum Circular No. 2013-007 last October 30, 2013 to deter examinees from committing any form of cheating.

“Civilian examinees shall now be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance examination instead of just barring them from taking the said exam for a period of three (3) years. In addition, if these anomalous acts were committed by a police officer, he/she shall be charged with dishonesty and, if found guilty, be meted the penalty of dismissal from the service,” Escueta said.

33,447 to take NAPOLCOM police exams

November 8, 2014 - MEDIA ADVISORY

What : PNP ENTRANCE AND PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATIONS

When : November 9, 2014 (Sunday) 8:00 - 11 a.m.

Where : NATIONWIDE NCR Testing Centers (all in Makati City) Fort Bonifacio High School, Benigno Aquino High School, Pitogo High School

What to bring:

1. Admission Slip

2. Pencils (preferably Mongol No. 2)

3. Black Ballpen

4. Any Identification Card with picture and signature

Guidelines

1. Strictly prohibited to bring inside the testing center: cellular phones, electronic gadgets, pagers or any two-way radio set, calculators, review materials, explosives, firearms or deadly weapons.

2. Applicants for the PNP Entrance examinations should wear plain white T-shirt/polo shirt, dark pants and shoes while those who will take the promotional examinations are required to wear GOA Type B (in field cap, no awards/medals, only accoutrements) or the PNP Patrol Uniform. Examinees NOT in the prescribed attire will not be allowed to enter the examination center

3. Firearms should be deposited outside the examination area.

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For more information/details, please contact: NAPOLCOM-PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE Telefax: 890-9861 / 896-4528 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Website: www.napolcom.gov.ph


 November 7, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will administer the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance and promotional examinations on November 9, 2014 to a total of 33,447 examinees in designated testing centers nationwide.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that 11,640 will take the PNP entrance examination while 21,807 are distributed to the various promotional test categories. A total of 1,245 out of the 11,640 examinees for the PNP entrance test and 2,633 out of the 21, 807 police examinees for promotional tests shall take the PNP exams in the National Capital Region (NCR) testing centers, namely, Pitogo High School, Benigno Aquino High School and Fort Bonifacio High School, all in Makati City.

Vice-Chairman Escueta added that this Sunday’s examinations will cover the qualifying examination for Police Officer I and the promotional examinations for Police Officers 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 PNP entrance examination consists of questions on general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning; while the promotional examinations include general information, police administration and operations, and police customs and tradition/values and ethical standards,” Escueta said.

Director Josephmar B. Gil, NAPOLCOM Acting Personnel and Administrative Service Chief, said that the examinees are scheduled to proceed to their respective testing centers in the cities of Makati, San Fernando (La Union), Tuguegarao, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Calamba, Cavite, Calapan, Legazpi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Pagadian, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Koronadal, Cotabato, Butuan and Baguio.

“The Commission requires all examinees to strictly observe the dress code in reporting to the examination centers. Applicants for the PNP Entrance examination should wear plain white T-shirt/polo shirt, dark pants and shoes while those who will take the promotional examinations are required to wear GOA Type B (in field cap, no awards/medals, only accoutrements) or the Patrol Shirt,” Director Gil said.

He likewise stressed that examinees NOT in the prescribed attire will not be allowed to enter the examination center.

Director Gil also reminded the examinees to bring their notice of admission, pencil no. 2, black ball pen and any valid identification card with picture and signature. Examinees are also strictly prohibited to bring inside the testing center cellular phones, electronic gadgets, pagers or any two-way radio set, calculators, review materials, explosives, firearms or deadly weapons.

“The Commission issued a Memorandum regarding the strict implementation of the “No Cellular Phone and Electronic Gadget” and “No Firearms” policies. Examinees who will be caught in possession of cellular phones/electronic gadgets shall be automatically disqualified and, after due investigation, shall be directed to leave the exam center immediately. Regional/Provincial testing centers shall not accept firearms for deposit or safekeeping,” Director Gil stressed.

He also underscored that the NAPOLCOM issued Memorandum Circular No. 2013-007 last October 30, 2013 to deter examinees from committing any form of cheating.

“Civilian examinees shall now be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance examination instead of just barring them from taking the said exam for a period of three (3) years. In addition, if these anomalous acts were committed by a police officer, he/she shall be charged with dishonesty and, if found guilty, be meted the penalty of dismissal from the service,” Gil said.

NAPOLCOM withdraws deputation of CamSur Governor Villafuerte

November 6, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved a Resolution dated September 17, 2014 denying the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis R. Villafuerte seeking reconsideration of the earlier NAPOLCOM Resolution ordering the withdrawal of his deputation as NAPOLCOM representative.

On June 9, 2014, the NAPOLCOM en banc headed by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mar Roxas issued a Resolution approving the withdrawal of the deputation of Governor Villafuerte for engaging in acts inimical to national security or which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign of the government, a ground for the suspension or withdrawal of the deputation of a local government executive under Section 65 of Republic Act No. 8551 (PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998). The other three (3) grounds are frequent unauthorized absences, abuse of authority and providing material support to criminal elements.

The Commission also ordered the removal or revocation of the powers and prerogatives vested upon Governor Villafuerte as NAPOLCOM deputy. Under Section 51 (a) of R.A. 6975, Provincial Governors have the power to choose the Police Director from a list of three (3) eligibles recommended by the PNP Regional Director while Section 64 of R.A. 8551 empowers local government executives to inspect police forces and units, conduct audit, and exercise other functions as may be authorized by the Commission.

Governor Villafuerte was held accountable for having blatantly committed the following acts: continuous failure to obtain appropriate licenses for the firearms of the provincial government; unjustifiable failure to deposit the unlicensed firearms to the Provincial Police Office; unwarranted refusal to cooperate with the police authorities in the investigation of the shooting incident in Brgy. Gata, Caramoan, Camarines Sur on March 22, 2014 that killed four (4) miners; evident cuddling of individuals carrying high powered firearms with expired licenses; and deliberate refusal to provide information to the police on an unfounded claim that the persons subject of the investigation have no involvement in the shooting incident.

Villafuerte anchored his Motion for Reconsideration on the following grounds: the issuance of the NAPOLCOM Resolution without undergoing the required procedures prescribed by law is highly irregular and violates his right to due process; the Resolution was based on unfounded, baseless and speculative allegations; and there is nothing wrong with his continued support of the Sagip Kalikasan Task Force (SKTF).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission’s action of withdrawing the deputation of Governor Villafuerte is not procedurally flawed as it suitably complied with the requirements provided under Section 6 of NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 99-010, as amended by Section 4 of MC 2001-003, which prescribes the procedure for suspension or withdrawal of deputation of Provincial Governor and City/Municipal Mayor.

“It is not even mandatory that the subject local government official be notified of the investigation or validation being conducted by the Commission, through the Regional Office concerned, much less it is required that a hearing be held for this purpose as Governor Villafuerte would want to have it,” Escueta explained.

The NAPOLCOM found the second contention of Governor Villafuerte bereft of merit since the Report of Police Regional Office 5 was validated in all respects by NAPOLCOM Regional Office 5. As specifically stated under MC 2001-003, the Commission will only approve or disapprove the recommendation of the NAPOLCOM Regional Director to withdraw the deputation of a local chief executive upon review of the same, which the Commission diligently and impartially did.

The Commission underscored that the continued support of Governor Villafuerte to the SKTF would affect the ongoing investigation of the shooting incident in Brgy. Gata, Caramoan considering that he showed bias to the said task force when he refused to provide its roster of personnel based on a flimsy, weak and virtually unsubstantiated excuse of security concerns. The SKTF was created on September 6, 2004 under the term of former Governor Luis Raymond Villafuerte, the father of the incumbent Governor, to monitor the quarrying activities in the province.

Furthermore, Governor Villafuerte alleged that the persons reporting the abuses of the SKTF are personalities and politicians involved in illegal quarrying, mining and logging who are directly affected by the provincial government’s campaign to curb or eradicate these illegal activities.

“Such contention, however, is not supported by any evidence on record other than his bare allegation; thus, the same cannot be given weight and cannot be the basis for the reconsideration of the assailed NAPOLCOM Resolution,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM approves special promotion of 2 brave cops

October 7, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently confirmed the special promotion of two (2) police officers for demonstrating acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of their lives over and beyond the call of duty.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta after the Commission en banc approved the special promotion to the next higher rank of PO2 Edlyn A. Arbo and PO3 Elias A. Tumaquip III, both members of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

PO2 Arbo was granted special promotion for foiling a robbery/hold up incident that transpired inside a passenger jeepney traversing along Nagtahan Bridge in Sta. Mesa, Manila on April 2, 2013. Despite being stabbed on her left leg, Arbo struggled with the suspect and was able to grab his kitchen knife and ice pick. She chased the suspect who jumped out of the jeepney and eventually captured him with the help of people in the vicinity.

Also promoted was PO3 Tumaquip who responded to a robbery/hold up incident inside the Suki Market in Barangay Sta. Rita, Quezon City on December 19, 2012 which resulted in the wounding and arrest of one of the suspects after they engaged in a firefight.

The NAPOLCOM en banc, composed of DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mar Roxas, Vice-Chairman Escueta, Comr. Alejandro S. Urro, Comr. Luisito T. Palmera, Comr. Constancia P. De Guzman and PNP Chief Alan La Madrid Purisima, approved the special promotion of the two (2) police officers after the NAPOLCOM meticulously validated their heroism following the recommendations made by the PNP Special Promotion, Awards and Decorations Board (SPADB).

NAPOLCOM withdraws deputation of CamSur Governor Villafuerte

November 6, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved a Resolution dated September 17, 2014 denying the Motion for Reconsideration filed by Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis R. Villafuerte seeking reconsideration of the earlier NAPOLCOM Resolution ordering the withdrawal of his deputation as NAPOLCOM representative.

On June 9, 2014, the NAPOLCOM en banc headed by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mar Roxas issued a Resolution approving the withdrawal of the deputation of Governor Villafuerte for engaging in acts inimical to national security or which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign of the government, a ground for the suspension or withdrawal of the deputation of a local government executive under Section 65 of Republic Act No. 8551 (PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998). The other three (3) grounds are frequent unauthorized absences, abuse of authority and providing material support to criminal elements.

The Commission also ordered the removal or revocation of the powers and prerogatives vested upon Governor Villafuerte as NAPOLCOM deputy. Under Section 51 (a) of R.A. 6975, Provincial Governors have the power to choose the Police Director from a list of three (3) eligibles recommended by the PNP Regional Director while Section 64 of R.A. 8551 empowers local government executives to inspect police forces and units, conduct audit, and exercise other functions as may be authorized by the Commission.

Governor Villafuerte was held accountable for having blatantly committed the following acts: continuous failure to obtain appropriate licenses for the firearms of the provincial government; unjustifiable failure to deposit the unlicensed firearms to the Provincial Police Office; unwarranted refusal to cooperate with the police authorities in the investigation of the shooting incident in Brgy. Gata, Caramoan, Camarines Sur on March 22, 2014 that killed four (4) miners; evident cuddling of individuals carrying high powered firearms with expired licenses; and deliberate refusal to provide information to the police on an unfounded claim that the persons subject of the investigation have no involvement in the shooting incident.

Villafuerte anchored his Motion for Reconsideration on the following grounds: the issuance of the NAPOLCOM Resolution without undergoing the required procedures prescribed by law is highly irregular and violates his right to due process; the Resolution was based on unfounded, baseless and speculative allegations; and there is nothing wrong with his continued support of the Sagip Kalikasan Task Force (SKTF).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission’s action of withdrawing the deputation of Governor Villafuerte is not procedurally flawed as it suitably complied with the requirements provided under Section 6 of NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 99-010, as amended by Section 4 of MC 2001-003, which prescribes the procedure for suspension or withdrawal of deputation of Provincial Governor and City/Municipal Mayor.

“It is not even mandatory that the subject local government official be notified of the investigation or validation being conducted by the Commission, through the Regional Office concerned, much less it is required that a hearing be held for this purpose as Governor Villafuerte would want to have it,” Escueta explained.

The NAPOLCOM found the second contention of Governor Villafuerte bereft of merit since the Report of Police Regional Office 5 was validated in all respects by NAPOLCOM Regional Office 5. As specifically stated under MC 2001-003, the Commission will only approve or disapprove the recommendation of the NAPOLCOM Regional Director to withdraw the deputation of a local chief executive upon review of the same, which the Commission diligently and impartially did.

The Commission underscored that the continued support of Governor Villafuerte to the SKTF would affect the ongoing investigation of the shooting incident in Brgy. Gata, Caramoan considering that he showed bias to the said task force when he refused to provide its roster of personnel based on a flimsy, weak and virtually unsubstantiated excuse of security concerns. The SKTF was created on September 6, 2004 under the term of former Governor Luis Raymond Villafuerte, the father of the incumbent Governor, to monitor the quarrying activities in the province.

Furthermore, Governor Villafuerte alleged that the persons reporting the abuses of the SKTF are personalities and politicians involved in illegal quarrying, mining and logging who are directly affected by the provincial government’s campaign to curb or eradicate these illegal activities.

“Such contention, however, is not supported by any evidence on record other than his bare allegation; thus, the same cannot be given weight and cannot be the basis for the reconsideration of the assailed NAPOLCOM Resolution,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM passes PGS Public Revalida Initiation Stage

October 28, 2014

National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta (in barong) shakes hands with Dr. Jesus Estanislao and Mr. Francisco Eizmendi, Jr. (center), Chairman and President, respectively, of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia, after successfully defending the NAPOLCOM Change Agenda. The Commission passed the Initiation Stage of the Performance Governance System (PGS) Public Revalida held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on October 21, 2014.

ISA Chairman Dr. Jesus Estanislao (left) and ISA President Mr. Francisco Eizmendi, Jr. (right) witness the pinning ceremony after Vice-Chairman Escueta successfully defended the NAPOLCOM Change Agenda before the panel members composed of representatives from other government agencies, private sector and civil society.

The PGS is a strategic and management tool designed to assess the performance of government agencies to advance to the four (4) stages of the good governance pathway which includes Initiation, Compliance, Proficiency and Institutionalization.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM Change Agenda shall focus on transforming police officers into community leaders by shifting their mindset from law enforcement for peace and crime solution to law enforcement for peace and community development.

“The NAPOLCOM shall also modernize police stations nationwide. As frontliners of the PNP, police stations should be centers for law enforcement, and centers for peace and community development,” Escueta said. He added that the Commission likewise intends to influence the participation of local chief executives to be more objective, active and responsive NAPOLCOM deputies. 

CSC confirms NAPOLCOM resolution amending the qualification standards for appointment to PNP ranks

September 10, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announced the confirmation by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) of NAPOLCOM Resolution No. 2013-501, entitled “Prescribing the Qualification Standards for Appointment to PNP Ranks” through CSC Resolution No. 1401222 promulgated on August 18, 2014.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta explained that the amended NAPOLCOM resolution took effect upon the CSC’s confirmation of the said issuance.

Consistent with existing rules and regulations, the NAPOLCOM furnished copies of the said resolution to the Office of the President and the CSC for their reference.

“The new resolution reconciles previous issuances and sets a clear reference on the mandatory requirements, reduces the experience/time-in-grade for appointment in the different Philippine National Police (PNP) ranks to address the prevailing vacuum in officership, and prescribes the modified guidelines on the qualification standards,” Escueta said.

The resolution applies to all Police Non-Commissioned Officers (Police Officer I to Senior Police Officer IV), Police Commissioned Officers (Police Inspector to Police Superintendent) and Third Level Ranks (Police Senior Superintendent to Police Director General).

The new resolution specifically provides for the reduction of the experience/time-in-grade requirement in the ranks of Police Officer II (from 4 years to 2 years as PO I), Police Officer III (from 3 years to 2 years as PO II), Senior Police Officer II (from 3 years to 2 years as SPO I), Senior Police Officer III (from 3 years to 2 years as SPO II), Senior Police Officer IV (from 3 years to 2 years as SPO III), Police Senior Inspector (from 4 years to 3 years as P/Inspector), Police Chief Inspector (from 5 years to 3 years as P/Senior Inspector) and Police Superintendent (from 5 years to 3 years as P/Chief Inspector).

The required experience/time-in-grade remains the same for the ranks of Senior Police Officer I (3 years as PO III), Police Inspector (3 years as SPO IV), Police Senior Superintendent (3 years as P/Superintendent) and Police Chief Superintendent (2 years as P/Senior Superintendent).

“The experience/time-in grade for the ranks of Police Director, Police Deputy Director General and Police Director General is not required because the President, upon the recommendation of the NAPOLCOM, has the prerogative to promote them at any given time,” Escueta said.

Escueta emphasized that all uniformed members of the PNP must possess the prescribed qualification standards, such as education, experience, training and eligibility before they are promoted to the next higher rank.

Escueta also clarified that eligibilities acquired from passing the NAPOLCOM Special Qualifying Examinations conducted on October 10, 2004, April 6, 2008 and May 30, 2009 may be used only for change of status from temporary to permanent and not for promotion purposes.

The resolution further specifies that higher police eligibilities, resulting from the examinations given by the NAPOLCOM, shall be recognized as appropriate for ranks requiring lower eligibilities.

According to the CSC resolution, the qualification standards set forth in the NAPOLCOM Resolution No. 2013-501 and under Sec. 14 of RA 8551 shall be the bases of the Commission in the attestation of appointments for ranks in the PNP. Furthermore, a recruit Police Officer I shall be initially appointed on temporary status pending his or her completion of the Public Safety Training Program (PSTFP)/Public Safety Basic Recruitment Course (PSBRC) as a requirement for permanency of appointment.

NAPOLCOM honors PNP awardees, test consultants and community partners on its 48th Founding Anniversary

September 8, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will celebrate its 48th Founding Anniversary on September 8, 2014 in its new office in Quezon City which will be highlighted by the conferment of awards and commendations to the PNP Gallantry Awardees, Test Consultants and Community Partners.

The anniversary celebration will start with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:00 a.m. to be followed by a concelebrated mass. The blessing/inauguration of the new 27-storey office building will be held right after the mass.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission will give certificates of recognition to two (2) police officers for eliminating high ranking officials of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Cotabato and the Cordilleras, and to four (4) rookie female police officers for responding to a robbery incident inside the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. 

P/Sr. Insp. Bernabe Rubio of Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 demonstrated extraordinary courage and gallantry when he bravely combated, in a death-match encounter, with NPA members at President Roxas Municipal Police Station, Cotabato on May 20, 2014 which resulted in the killing of three (3) high ranking NPA officials including its commanding officer Ronald Amado alias “Commander Revo.” In the midst of exchange of gunshots, he steadfastly demonstrated a strategic mindset and exceptional skills in handling firearms and tactical positioning, and he maintained his composure and never retreated despite the gunshot wound that he sustained in the head.

PO2 Joel Eliseo is a sniper assigned at the 2nd Maneuver Company, Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB), PRO Cordillera. While conducting surveillance along Bandong Hill, Sagada, Mt. Province on April 2, 2014, he and a member of his team noticed the presence of NPA members in ambush position. Without wasting time, he strategically positioned himself and was able to take down an enemy sniper which significantly turned the tactical engagement in favor of the PNP. His quick thinking led to the killing of the NPA leader of Squad Dos, West Chico Line of KLG Marco and the wounding of two (2) other members.

“The act of bravery of these police officers clearly manifests their commitment to serve and protect the people which is worthy of emulation among their fellow officers in the police service,” Escueta said.

Also to be awarded are PO1 Juliet Macababbad, PO1 Delia Langpawen, PO1 Marcelina Bantiyag and PO1 Maricel Rueco, members of the RPSB, NCRPO and presently assigned at the Police Assistance Desk located inside the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, who exhibited exceptional gallantry despite their young age and relatively new experience in law enforcement when they immediately responded to a robbery incident perpetrated by the notorious “Martilyo Gang” at the F & C Jewelry Kiosk and the Jeweller Jewelry Store inside the SM Mall of Asia on March 20, 2014.

Macababbad and Langpawen engaged themselves in a gunfight against the suspected robbers that led to the wounding of the alleged leader and the eventual arrest of another suspected member.

Bantiyag and Rueco, on the other hand, served as back up in apprehending the suspected robbers and helped in securing the safety of the mall goers during the gunfight.

“Their intense display of bravery, quick thinking and response, and astuteness is worthy of commendation,” Escueta said, adding that “These PNP members are an epitome of the new breed of police officers who will risk their life and limb for the protection of our people.”

The Commission will also recognize P/Dir. Charles Calima, Jr., Director of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence (DI); P/Chief Supt. Vert Chavez, Chief of the Intelligence Operation Division, DI; and P/Supt. Nestor Babagay, Jr., Acting Regional Training Director, Region 12, for their significant contribution, as members of the NAPOLCOM Test Development Committees, in the development of test materials for the police entrance and promotional examinations and the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) examination.

Also to be recognized are Atty. Krissa Shaffina Twyla Rubin of the Commission on Human Rights, Atty Conrado Estreller of the Office of the Ombudsman and Atty. Auralyn Pascual of the National Bureau of Investigation for their unselfish dedication as members of the Prosecution Pillar of the NAPOLCOM Technical Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and in grateful acknowledgment of their continued cooperation and support in the successful implementation of the government’s crime prevention and criminal justice programs.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that Commission will likewise give commendation to NAPOLCOM best performing employees for serving the Commission with the highest degree of professional rectitude and to loyalty awardees for having served the Commission with utmost dedication for the past 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years.

NAPOLCOM officials lead NCPW kickoff activity in public schools in Metro Manila

August 29, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will hold a simultaneous kickoff activity in selected schools in Metro Manila on September 1 signaling the start of the 20th National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) celebration with the theme “Krimen ay Labanan, Karapatan ay Igalang, Tungo sa Mapayapang Pamayanan.”

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the conduct of awareness drive in crime prevention in 18 public schools in Metro Manila during their respective flag raising ceremony will be highlighted by the simultaneous blowing of whistles.

“The simultaneous blowing of whistles is a symbolic gesture of the united commitment of students and school authorities in helping the government in its crime prevention efforts,” Escueta said.

Among the participating schools are Araullo High School (Malate, Manila), Batasan Hills National High School (Quezon City), Pasay City West High School (Pasay City), Caloocan High School (Caloocan City), Mataas na Paaralang Neptali A. Gonzales (Mandaluyong City), Malanday National High School (Marikina City), Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino High School (Makati City), Rizal High School (Pasig City), Parañaque National High School (Parañaque City), Las Piñas National High School (Las Piñas City), Dalandan National High School (Valenzuela City), Malabon National High School (Malabon City), Taguig Integrated Cultural Center [School for Muslim] and Signal Village National High School (Taguig City), Pateros National High School (Pateros), Muntinlupa National High School (Muntinlupa City), San Juan National High School (San Juan City), and Navotas National High School (Navotas City).

 “Heightened attention on the active participation of students is given emphasis due to young people’s vulnerability to fall victims of crime and because of the increase in violent school-related incidents, such as bullying, sexual assaults, gang and fraternity wars, and fatal fraternity hazing incidents which have become national issues,” Escueta said, adding that “Students are also vulnerable to robbery hold-ups, cellphone snatching and drug abuse.”

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the Commission, through the NCPW Technical Working Committee composed of representatives from government agencies and nongovernment organizations, has jumpstarted the 2014 NCPW celebration on August 15 with a series of radio and TV guestings.  

The group will be distributing IEC materials from September 2-4 in Ever Gotesco (Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City), Fisher Mall (Quezon Ave., Quezon City) and in Araneta Cubao malls and bus stations/terminals. Other activities to be conducted are the Multisectoral Dialogue at the Multi-Purpose Hall, DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, NAPOLCOM Building in Quezon City on September 4 and the Ugnayan ng Mamamayan at Pulisya sa Metro Manila on September 5.

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

Malacañang, NAPOLCOM penalize cops in Luneta hostage incident

August 11, 2014

The Office of the President (OP) handed down the maximum penalty of dismissal from the service with all the accessory penalties to P/Chief Supt. Rodolfo Magtibay, former District Director of the Manila Police District (MPD), for the bungled police operation during the hostage taking incident at the Quirino Granstand in Manila on August 23, 2010. 

Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr., acting under the authority of the President, said that the OP agrees with the factual findings of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and finds that Magtibay is liable for gross incompetence for being remiss in performing his duties as the Ground or On-Scene Commander during the hostage taking incident which resulted in the tragic death of eight (8) foreign tourists and injury to seven (7) others.

The OP ruled that Magtibay cannot hide behind the incompetence of his subordinates. He should be the master of his own domain and take responsibility for the mistakes of his subjects. The proper and efficient management of his men, particularly in a situation like hostage taking of foreign tourists, is very critical as it involved not only the lives of 16 people, including the hostage taker, but also the country’s diplomatic relations with Hongkong. 

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the case of Magtibay was forwarded to the OP for final disposition since he is a presidential appointee. The NAPOLCOM originally meted the medium penalty of one (1) rank demotion on Magtibay after he was found guilty of gross incompetence for his failure to give specific and clear instructions which created an atmosphere of suum cuique (to each his own) which resulted in confusion and lack of coordinative action. 

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM en banc headed by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mar Roxas also found P/Supt. Orlando Yebra and P/Chief Insp. Santiago David Pascual III guilty of gross incompetence and meted them the penalty of one (1) rank demotion, which was already implemented upon the resolution of their motion for reconsideration in January 2014. 

The Commission ruled that Yebra fell short of his duty as the Chief Negotiator for his failure to alert his superiors to be on guard when it became manifest that the hostage taker had grown agitated and angry. Yebra also found to have failed to live up to the cardinal rule in hostage negotiation and crisis management not to agitate the hostage taker because he literally calls the shot. Yebra lost his focus and composure in front of the hostage taker when he pulled SPO2 Gregorio Mendoza, brother of the hostage taker, an act which further infuriated the hostage taker and inflamed the situation.

Pascual, the Over-all Assault Team Leader of the MPD SWAT, was found liable for the disorganized manner of rescue operations and for his failure to inform the ground commander that the MPD SWAT was not skilled in dealing with the case of this nature in terms of equipment. Pascual failed to make proper coordination and due diligence that could have mitigated the extent of the tragedy.

Escueta said that both Yebra and Pascual filed an Appeal with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in accordance with Section 1, Rule 10 of NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 2007-001 which prescribes the uniform rules of procedure before the administrative disciplinary authorities of the PNP.

Vice-chairman Escueta said that the Commission likewise ordered the dismissal from the service of SPO2 Gregorio Mendoza, the brother of the hostage taker, for serious neglect of duty and grave misconduct. Mendoza failed to perform his duty as part of the negotiating panel because instead of finding solution to the crisis he actually added to the problem when he demanded for the return of his service firearm as a condition for the release of the hostages. Mendoza was also penalized for carrying his firearm while in civilian attire. PNP members are prohibited to display their service firearm, tuck it at their waist or insert it in their waistband or holster while in civilian attire. PNP issuances also provide that carrying of service firearms in civilian attire requires the presentation of Mission/Letter Order.

Escueta explained that the NAPOLCOM Decision dismissing Mendoza from the service will become executory upon the resolution of his motion for reconsideration by the NAPOLCOM en banc.  

NAPOLCOM opens on-line scheduling for November 2014 PNP exams

August 7, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today announced that the enhanced On-Line Examination Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) will be activated in the websites www.napolcom.gov.ph or www.napolcom-oleass.com on August 11 – 15, 2014 for the police entrance examination and on August 18 – 22, 2014 for the police promotional tests in time for the nationwide conduct of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations on November 9, 2014.

Now on its third year of implementation, the OLEASS systematizes the scheduling of the processing of exam applications at the NAPOLCOM NCR Office and the other 16 regional offices nationwide. The period of filing of application is from September 1 – 30, 2014.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the OLEASS shall be opened at 12:00 NN onwards on August 11 for the entrance exam and August 18 for the promotional tests. Acceptance of applications shall be on a ‘first come, first-served’ basis and, upon due notice, may be stopped even ahead of the deadline.

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

“The examination center where the applicant shall take the exam is automatically assigned by the computer system based on the home address or unit of assignment provided by the applicant,” Escueta said.

He also said that only applicants with a confirmed scheduled appointment with reference number shall be entertained.

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

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

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

Application forms and index cards can be obtained for free at any NAPOLCOM Regional Office nationwide. They may also be downloaded from www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Civilian applicants must bring the printed letter-reply/corresponding reference number confirming the scheduled appointment; two recent, identical and color 1”x1” ID pictures with white background and complete name tag (for PNP members, the name tag should indicate the rank before the name); one legal size window envelope with P12 worth of mailing stamp (for NCR, CAR, Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) and P15 (for Visayas, Mindanao and Calapan City); transcript of scholastic record with Special Order issued by CHED or diploma; and birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar or National Statistics Office (NSO). For a PO1 with temporary appointment, a certified true copy of Attested Appointment/Plantilla Appointment or Special Order is also required for submission.

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

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

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

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

The coverage for the PNP Entrance Examination consists of general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning; while the PNP Promotional Examinations include general information, police administration and operations, and police customs and traditions/values and ethical standards.

The NAPOLCOM issued Memorandum Circular No. 2013-007 last October 30, 2013 to deter examinees from committing any form of cheating.

“Civilian examinees shall now be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance examination instead of just barring them from taking the said exam for a period of three (3) years. In addition, if these anomalous acts were committed by a police officer, he/she shall be charged with dishonesty and, if found guilty, be meted the penalty of dismissal from the service,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM authorizes PNP Chief to promote 47,185 police officers

August 1, 2014

In its continuing effort to boost the morale of the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently approved the filling up of 47,185 promotional vacancies for the ranks of Senior Police Officer 1 (SPO1) to Police Superintendent (equivalent to lieutenant colonel in the military) under the CY 2014 Second Level Regular Promotion Program.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission en banc recently approved Resolution No. 2014-253 granting the Chief, PNP, P/Director General Alan LM Purisima, the authority to fill up promotional vacancies in the second level ranks in order to stabilize the pyramidal structure of the PNP organization and reduce the significant variances in some 2nd level ranks.

“The PNP regular promotion program is aimed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization by promoting and placing the best and most qualified Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) and Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs) to the next higher rank through merit and fitness,” Escueta said.

Escueta said that the PNP has been authorized to fill 975 promotional slots for superintendent; 1,035 for chief inspector; 1,273 for senior inspector; 1,904 for inspector; 11,219 for SPO4; 11,360 for SPO3; 14,484 for SPO2; and 4,935 for SPO1. There are no vacancies for PO2 and PO3 ranks.

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

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

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

NAPOLCOM recommends to PNoy the promotion of 3 police officials to star ranks

July 31, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion of three (3) senior officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to star rank positions.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission recommended to President Aquino the promotion to Police Director (equivalent to two-star General in the military) of P/Chief Supt. Danilo Constantino who is presently designated as Acting Director for Police Community Relations, and P/Chief Supt. Edgardo Ingking who is currently the Acting Director for Integrated Police Operations – Eastern Mindanao.

“The Commission recommended the promotion to two-star rank of Chief Superintendents Constantino and Ingking since the positions they are currently holding call for the rank of Police Director,” Escueta said.

The NAPOLCOM also recommended the promotion to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General) of P/Sr. Supt. Ramon Apolinario, presently designated as Acting Regional Chief Directorial Staff of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Aquino their promotion to star rank positions after the PNP Chief, Police Director General Alan LM Purisima, recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

NAPOLCOM recommends to PNoy the promotion of 5 police officials to star ranks

July 9, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion of one (1) Police Chief Superintendent to Police Director (equivalent to two-star General in the military) and four (4) Police Senior Superintendents to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission recommended to President Aquino the promotion to Police Director of P/Chief Supt. Juanito Vaño, Jr. who is presently the Acting Director for Logistics.

The Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Chief Superintendent of four (4) Police Senior Superintendents, as follows: P/Sr. Supt. Ericson Velasquez, Acting Executive Officer of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management; P/Sr. Supt. Alexander Pumecha, Acting Executive Officer of the Directorate for Research and Development; P/Sr. Supt. Arnold Albis, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Police Regional Office 5; and P/Sr. Supt. Federico Dulay, Jr., Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Police Regional Office 11.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Aquino their promotion to star rank positions after P/Director General Alan LM Purisima, the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

NAPOLCOM opens applications for Police Executive Service exam

June 13, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today announced that the filing of applications for the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) Written Examination for Police Commissioned Officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) shall be on June 16 to July 31, 2014.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the PESE Written Examination, which will be conducted on August 24, 2014 in Metro Manila, Cebu City and Davao City, is open to qualified uniformed members of the PNP with the ranks of Police Chief Inspector and above with permanent status of appointment.

Escueta said that the PESE is an eligibility requirement for promotion to the third level ranks of Police Senior Superintendent, Police Chief Superintendent, Police Director, Police Deputy Director General and Police Director General.

The PESE Written Examination focuses on six (6) categories, namely, job knowledge, leadership competency, communication skills, analytical/logical reasoning, values and emotional quotient.

“The PESE, which has two phases – Written Examination and Panel Interview, contains analytical questions on police leadership and police values in order to get the best future leaders or the cream of the crop in the police service,” Escueta said.

He added that passers of the Written Examination are eligible to take the second phase which shall be announced later after the release of the Written Examination result.

Application forms and index cards can be obtained for free at the NAPOLCOM Central Office or at any NAPOLCOM Regional Office nationwide. They may also be downloaded from www.napolcom.gov.ph. Examination fee is Php 700.00.

Qualified applicants must file their application forms personally or by mail at any of the 17 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices nationwide. They must bring the following documents: (1) properly accomplished Written Examination Form and index card; (2) three pieces latest identical I.D. pictures (one 1 x 1 size and two passport size) with full name tag that includes the First Name, Middle Initial and Surname taken within three months before the date of filing of the application. Pictures that are scanned, photocopied or computer enhanced will not be accepted; (3) two legal size window envelopes with Php 9.00 worth of mailing stamp for NCR applicants and Php 12.00 for Cebu and Davao applicants affixed on each envelope; and (4) copy of attested appointment (KSS Porma Bldg. 33).

NAPOLCOM releases list of inspector and superintendent exam passers

June 17, 2014

Of the 1,029 examinees who took the Inspector Exam, only 144 or 13.99% passed while 81 or 34.91% out of the 232 examinees hurdled the Superintendent Exam conducted by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on April 27, 2014 in designated schools in Metro Manila and other testing centers nationwide.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta as the Commission released the list of successful examinees in the Philippine National Police (PNP) promotional examinations (Inspector and Superintendent exam categories).

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the list of passers in the Inspector and Superintendent exam categories completed the list of successful examinees who took the NAPOLCOM-administered PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations on April 27, 2014.

“The initial list of passers in the PNP Entrance, Police Officer and Senior Police Officer Exams was released on June 5, 2014, only five (5) weeks after the conduct of the exam instead of the usual two (2) months after the exam,” Escueta said. Escueta emphasized that the immediate release of the results of police exams is in consonance with the Commission’s commitment with the PNP and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to make the examination results in synch with the recruitment and promotion processing periods set by the PNP. The Commission assessed the competency of police officers who took the PNP Promotional Exams based on their knowledge on general information, police administration and operations, and police customs and tradition/values and ethical standards; while the aptitude of examinees for the PNP Entrance Exam was gauged based on the following subject areas: general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning.

Escueta said that the list of successful examinees will be posted at the NAPOLCOM central office in its new building located at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, NAPOLCOM Bldg., Edsa Corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City, and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph. Individual reports of rating will be mailed to all examinees. Verification of test results will be entertained at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide starting on the last week of June 2014.

16.39% pass PNP entrance exam

June 6, 2014

A total of 2,070 or 16.39% out of the 12,631 examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance Exam conducted by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on April 27, 2014 in designated schools in Metro Manila and other testing centers nationwide.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta as the Commission released the partial list of successful examinees in the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations [Police Officer (PO) and Senior Police Officer (SPO) categories only.

Vice-Chairman Escueta added that out of the 10,673 who took the PO Exam, only 2,084 (26.27%) passed while 1,742 (20.82%) out of the 8,367 examinees hurdled the SPO Exam. The results of the Police Inspector and Police Superintendent exam categories shall be released next week.

“The immediate release of the results of police exams is in consonance with the Commission’s commitment with the PNP and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to make the examination results in synch with the police recruitment process,” Escueta said.

Vice-Chairman Escueta reiterates the Commission’s earlier warning for applicants of the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations not to commit any form of examination irregularity, such as cheating, impersonation, perjury or violation of examination rules, since the NAPOLCOM has a computer system that keeps track of the answer patterns of examinees.

Escueta said that the list of successful examinees will be posted at the NAPOLCOM central office in its new building located at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, NAPOLCOM Bldg., Edsa Corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City, and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph. Individual reports of rating will be mailed to all examinees. Verification of test results will be entertained at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide starting last week of June 2014.

NAPOLCOM, PNP gear up for next PNP recruitment program

May 29, 2014

In its continuing effort to help maintain peace and order and public safety in the country, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the recruitment of 18,568 Police Officer 1 (PO1) through Resolution No. 2014-155 to increase police personnel strength, improve police-to-population ratio and enhance police visibility.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that for CY 2014, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will recruit 13,000 civilians for the regular recruitment quota and 5,568 new police officers for the attrition recruitment quota.

“The regular recruitment quota is intended to strengthen territorial units in highly populated areas in some Police Regional Offices (PROs) where economic activities are prevalent in support of the government’s thrust of fueling the economy,” Escueta said, adding that “It is also aimed to fill the manpower requirement of the two (2) newly created battalions of the Special Action Force (SAF).”

Escueta added that the attrition recruitment quota is intended to replenish personnel loss due to retirement, separation or death of PNP members, and to strengthen the manpower build-up of the Maritime Group (MG) and Aviation Security Group (AVSEG) in the different airports and seaports of the country.

The 13,000 regular quota is distributed per region, as follows: PRO2- 30;             PRO3- 214; PRO4B- 72 PRO5- 44; PRO6- 415; PRO7- 357; PRO8- 139; PRO9- 174; PRO10- 304; PRO11- 777; PRO12- 333; PRO13- 107; PRO COR- 34; NCRPO- 9,200          SAF- 800. Regions 1, 4A (CALABARZON) and ARMM were not allocated a quota for this recruitment program.

The 5,568 attrition quota is distributed per region, as follows: PRO1- 308; PRO2- 198; PRO3- 335; PRO4A- 408; PRO4B- 122 PRO5- 428; PRO6- 388; PRO7- 359; PRO8- 291; PRO9- 237; PRO10- 218; PRO11- 297; PRO12- 233; PRO13- 93; PRO COR- 215; PRO ARMM- 211; NCRPO- 794; MG- 200; AVSEG- 233.

Vice-Chairman Escueta urged the PNP to conduct a nationwide dissemination through the tri-media to give opportunity to applicants coming from cities and municipalities covered by the quota distribution and to strictly follow the prescribed procedures on recruitment, selection and appointment of PNP uniformed personnel. He added that the Psychological/Psychiatric Examination (PPE) and Physical Agility Test (PAT) shall be conducted simultaneously nationwide.

“Chiefs of PNP offices/units and members of the PNP Regional Screening Committees are required to ensure strict compliance with the recruitment procedures and guarantee the appointment of the best and most qualified police personnel, otherwise, they would be subjected to administrative sanctions,” Escueta stressed. 

Applications can be filed at the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan Taguig City and at the Police Regional Offices nationwide.

35,357 to take NAPOLCOM police exams

April 25, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will administer the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance and promotional examinations on April 27, 2014 to a total of 35,357 examinees in designated testing centers nationwide.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that 14,256 will take the PNP entrance examination while 21,101 are distributed to the various promotional test categories.

A total of 1,151 out of the 14,256 examinees for the PNP entrance test and 3,797 out of the 21,101 police examinees for promotional tests shall take the PNP exams in the National Capital Region (NCR) testing centers, namely, Pitogo High School, Benigno Aquino High School and Fort Bonifacio High School, all in Makati City.

Vice-Chairman Escueta added that this Sunday’s examinations will cover the qualifying examination for Police Officer I and the promotional examinations for Police Officers 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 PNP entrance examination consists of questions on general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning; while the promotional examinations include general information, police administration and operations, and police customs and tradition/values and ethical standards,” Escueta said.

Director Josephmar B. Gil, NAPOLCOM Acting Personnel and Administrative Service Chief, said that the examinees are scheduled to proceed to their respective testing centers in the cities of Makati, San Fernando (La Union), Tuguegarao, Pampanga, Cabanatuan, Calamba, Cavite, Calapan, Legazpi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Pagadian, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Koronadal, Cotabato, Butuan and Baguio and in Odiongan, Romblon; Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro; Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte; and Bongao,Tawi-Tawi.

“The Commission requires all examinees to strictly observe the dress code in reporting to the examination centers. Applicants for the PNP Entrance examination should wear plain white T-shirt/polo shirt, dark pants and shoes while those who will take the promotional examinations are required to wear GOA Type B (in field cap, no awards/medals, only accoutrements) or the Patrol Shirt,” Director Gil said.

He likewise stressed that examinees NOT in the prescribed attire will not be allowed to enter the examination center.  Director Gil also reminded the examinees to bring their notice of admission, pencil no. 2, black ball pen and any valid identification card with picture and signature. Examinees are also strictly prohibited to bring inside the testing center cellular phones, electronic gadgets, pagers or any two-way radio set, calculators, review materials, explosives, firearms or deadly weapons.

“The Commission issued a Memorandum regarding the strict implementation of the “No Cellular Phone and Electronic Gadget” and “No Firearms” policies. Examinees who will be caught in possession of cellular phones/electronic gadgets shall be automatically disqualified and, after due investigation, shall be directed to leave the exam center immediately. Regional/Provincial testing centers shall not accept firearms for deposit or safekeeping,” Director Gil stressed.

He also underscored that the NAPOLCOM issued Memorandum Circular No. 2013-007 last October 30, 2013 to deter examinees from committing any form of cheating.

“Civilian examinees shall now be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance examination instead of just barring them from taking the said exam for a period of three (3) years. In addition, if these anomalous acts were committed by a police officer, he/she shall be charged with dishonesty and, if found guilty, be meted the penalty of dismissal from the service,” Gil said.

NAPOLCOM transfers to its own building in Quezon City

May 21, 2014

Starting May 26, 2014, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) central office will be transferring to its own office building, the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, located at EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the newly constructed 27-storey government office building is situated just 200 meters away from the Quezon Avenue MRT station.

The official transfer of NAPOLCOM central office facilities and personnel is from May 26 to July 25, 2014 with the following schedule: May 26-30, Installations and Logistics Service (16th Floor) and Information Technology Management Division, Planning and Research Service (20th Floor); June 2-6, Office of Comr. Luisito Palmera and Office of the Chief, PNP (17th Floor) and Crime Prevention and Coordination Service (15th Floor); June 9-13, Office of Comr. Alejandro Urro (17th Floor) and Legal Affairs Service (12th Floor); June 16-20, Office of Comr. Constancia de Guzman (17th Floor) and Financial Service and Office of the Resident Auditor (15th Floor); June 23-27, Planning and Research Service (16th Floor) and Cash Section, Public Information Division, National Appellate Board and NAPOLCOM Employee’s Association (7th Floor); July 1-11, Personnel and Administrative Service (14th Floor) and Medical/Dental Clinic and Library (9th Floor); July 14-18, Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service (12th Floor); July 21-25, Office of the Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer, Secretariat and Staff of the Office of the Chairman (18th Floor).

Vice Chairman Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM will be sharing the new building with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) which already transferred in June 2013. The NAPOLCOM will be exclusively occupying the 7th, 12th, 14th to 18th Floors while the DILG occupies the 10th, 11th, 19th, 21st to 26th Floors. Both the DILG and NAPOLCOM will be sharing the 8th, 9th, 20th and 27th Floors where the multi-purpose hall with lounge area, function and training rooms, medical and dental clinic, library, and information technology center are located.

The DILG-NAPOLCOM Center has a cafeteria and an executive lounge to make the clients of both the DILG and NAPOLCOM comfortable while doing their transaction in the office. It also has a roofdeck, a helipad and an eight-level parking area which can accommodate 250 vehicles.

NAPOLCOM recommends to PNoy the promotion of 6 police officials to star ranks

April 10, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion of two (2) Police Chief Superintendents to Police Director (equivalent to two-star General in the military) and four (4) Police Senior Superintendents to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission recommended to President Aquino the promotion to Police Director of P/Chief Supt. Rodrigo De Gracia, Acting Director for Information and Communications Technology Management, and P/Chief Supt. Getulio Napeñas, Acting Director of the Special Action Force.

The Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Chief Superintendent of four (4) Police Senior Superintendents, as follows: P/Sr. Supt. Ulysses Abellera, Acting Secretary of the Directorial Staff, Office of the Chief Directorial Staff; P/Sr. Supt. Theresa Ann Cid, Acting Director, Crime Laboratory Group; P/Sr. Supt. Nestor Quinsay, Jr., Acting Director, Police Community Relations Group; and P/Sr. Supt. Neri Ilagan, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Northern Luzon.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Aquino their promotion to star rank positions after the Chief, PNP P/Director General Alan LM Purisima recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

NAPOLCOM creates waiver committee for police applicants with special skills

April 29, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently issued Resolution No. 2014-001 creating a waiver committee to evaluate applications on the grant of age, height or weight waiver for initial appointment to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM Waiver Committee consists of three (3) members with the Service Chief of the Personnel and Administrative Service as chairman and the Service Chiefs of the Planning and Research Service and the Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service as members. The Committee may also recommend the engagement of the services of experts in various fields of discipline relevant to the waiver.

“Applicants for waiver shall undergo the panel interview. They are also required to showcase their special skills and talents before the Committee members and the consultants,” Escueta said, adding that “Such skills and talents shall only be considered if the same will be valuable to the police organization.”

The NAPOLCOM earlier issued Memorandum Circular No. 2013-004 on May 21, 2013 prescribing the guidelines on the grant of age, height or weight waiver in order to have a wider base of applicants whose special qualifications or skills are useful to or needed by the PNP.

Escueta explained that applicants shall be evaluated based on the following criteria: actual performance of the special skill or talent OR assessment of all other factors enumerated in MC 2013-004 (75%), panel interview which shall reflect the personality of the applicant (15%) and potential to be an asset to the PNP organization (10%).

Under Item C of MC 2013-004, applicants for waiver must possess exemplary aptitude to be capable police officers, as follows: special skills in evidence gathering and safekeeping, cyber crime investigation, detection and prevention, crime scene investigation, martial arts, marksmanship and similar skills; special talents in the field of sports, music or arts and culture; extensive experience or training in forensic science and other legal, medical and technical services; and outstanding academic records and extracurricular activities of applicant during his/her school days, good family background in law enforcement or socio-civic activities, recognized social standing in the community, and awards and commendations received.

Escueta said that waiver of the age requirement may be granted provided that the applicant shall not be less than 20 or more than 35 years of age. Waiver of the height requirement may be granted to a male applicant who is at least 1.57 meters and to a female applicant who is at least 1.52 meters.

An applicant who is granted a weight waiver shall be given reasonable time but not exceeding six (6) months within which to comply with the weight requirement.

Escueta stressed that only applicants who possess the appropriate eligibility and meet the general qualifications as provided for under Section 14 of Republic Act No. 8551 are qualified to apply for waiver

NAPOLCOM recommends to PNoy the promotion of P/Dir. Garbo to three-star general, 13 others

April 1, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion P/Dir. Marcelo Garbo Jr. to Police Deputy Director General (equivalent to three-star General in the military).

Garbo is presently the Acting Chief of the Directorial Staff, the No. 4 man in the Philippine National Police (PNP). NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission also recommended to President Aquino the promotion to Police Director (equivalent to two-star General) of P/Chief Supt. Ricardo Marquez, Acting Director of the Directorate for Operations, and P/Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, Acting Director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. The Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General) of nine (9) Police Senior Superintendents, as follows: P/Sr. Supt. Napoleon Taas, Acting Director, Information Technology Management Service; P/Sr. Supt. Regino Catiis, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Comptrollership; P/Sr. Supt. Rey Tang, Acting Chief, Inspection and Audit Division, Internal Affairs Service; P/Sr. Supt. Allen Bantolo, Acting Regional Chief of Directorial Staff, NCRPO; P/Sr. Supt. Moro Virgilio Lazo, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Police Regional Office (PRO) 1; P/Sr. Supt. Ronald Estilles, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, PRO 4B; P/Sr. Supt. Albert Supapo, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, PRO 6; P/Sr. Supt. Keith Ernald Singian, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, PRO 13; and P/Sr. Supt. Danilo Pelisco, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Eastern Visayas. Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Aquino their promotion to star rank positions after the Chief, PNP P/Director General Alan LM Purisima recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

The Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Senior Superintendent (equivalent to Colonel) of P/Supt. Willy Atun, Acting Chief, Operations Management Division, Police Security and Protection Group; and P/Supt. Dennis Dumanew, Acting Chief, Regional Police Community Relations Division, Special Action Force.

NAPOLCOM confirms special promotion orders of 21 police officers

February 25, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently confirmed through Resolution No. 2014-046 the special promotion orders of 21 police officers, bringing to 4,373 the total number of Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel who were granted permanent appointment since 2010 through its amnesty program.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that in the spirit of fairness, the NAPOLCOM, PNP and Civil Service Commission (CSC) adopted an amnesty program so that those who were meritoriously promoted until June 30, 2007 shall be issued permanent appointment through the confirmation by the NAPOLCOM of their meritorious promotion orders.

“The amnesty program was adopted because it would be discriminatory to exclude deserving police officers with temporary appointments from being granted meritorious or special promotion for exhibiting acts of heroism and self-sacrifice at the risk of their lives,” Escueta said. Under previous NAPOLCOM issuances, PNP personnel with temporary appointment are not considered eligible for special promotion. Hence, the Commission issued Memorandum Circular No. 2008-002 which repealed the provision that temporary appointment is a disqualification for special promotion.

PNP personnel who were meritoriously promoted upon the effectivity of the NAPOLCOM MC on January 21, 2008 had benefitted from such provision.

Escueta stressed, however, that the confirmed meritorious promotion orders shall not be used as basis to claim back wages. “The revocation of the provision which barred PNP personnel with temporary appointment from being granted meritorious promotion was made to give full meaning to the intention of Section 38 (b) of Republic Act No. 6975 or the PNP Law giving recognition to PNP personnel who risk their lives above and beyond the call of duty without distinction as to their status of appointment,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM conducts focus group discussion for law enforcers and prosecutors to raise conviction rate

February 21, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has taken initial steps to increase the conviction rate in drug cases and heinous crimes through a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) which was conducted on February 6 - 7, 2014 at the Torre Venezia Suites in Quezon City.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the FGD identified areas for improvement in enhancing the relationship and coordination between the law enforcers and prosecutors in the handling and management of heinous cases, including illegal drug cases.

Escueta added that the congruence in the decision-making between the police and the prosecutor has a momentous impact on the workings of the criminal justice machinery.
The problems to be addressed are lack of prosecutors during weekends and holidays, difference in the appreciation of evidence between Prosecutors and Law Enforcers, mutual antagonism and mistrust, culture of finger pointing and blaming, and law enforcers’ refusal to attend court hearings.

Among the solutions recommended by the FGD are conduct of trainings for investigators to enhance their competence; deployment of lawyers from the PNP Legal Service to the police stations to fast track the filing of cases; and strengthening of coordination between the Prosecutors and Law Enforcers through trainings, conferences and dialogues.
NAPOLCOM Commissioner Luisito T. Palmera, who gave the welcome message during the opening ceremonies, said that with better coordination and collaboration between Prosecutors and Law Enforcers to build a strong case against arrested criminals, conviction rate will certainly improve.

Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony D. Fadullon of the National Prosecution Service, Department of Justice (DOJ), one of the resource speakers, expressed his support to the move for a collective action through the FGD in line with President Benigno S. Aquino’s program to raise the conviction rate in all courts nationwide.

Among the resource speakers who shared their insights and best practices during the two-day focus group discussion which was attended by 70 stakeholders were P/CSupt. Benjamin B. Magalong of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Atty. Marina B. Ching of the Supreme Court (SC), Deputy Chief Public Attorney Silvestre A. Mosing of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) and Mr. Ka Kuen Chua, President of the Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order (MRPO).

Director Myrna DP Medina, Service Chief of the NAPOLCOM Crime Prevention and Coordination Service, said that the NAPOLCOM Technical Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (TCCPCJ) has formulated its Crime Prevention Strategic Plan for the period 2012-2016. She underscored that one of the Key Result Areas (KRA) of the said plan is the Research and Development and Policy Formulation which aims to provide updated and integrated information and studies on issues and concerns affecting the Criminal Justice System (CJS) through the conduct of researches and studies.

The NAPOLCOM-TCCPCJ is composed of representatives from the Philippine Congress, Presidential Management Staff, DOJ, SC, Department of National Defense, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Sandiganbayan, Office of the Ombudsman, Commission on Human Rights, NAPOLCOM, Philippine National Police, Philippine Center for Transnational Crime, Philippine Anti-Organized Crime Commission, Dangerous Drugs Board, Metro Manila Development Authority, Bureau of Customs, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Economic Development Administration, Court of Appeals, PAO, Bureau of Corrections, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Parole and Probation Administration, Board of Pardons and Paroles, Philippine Information Agency, Anti-Terrorism Council, National Youth Commission, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, Soroptomist International Phils., Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order and other nongovernment organizations.

NAPOLCOM confirms special posthumous promotion of 5 cops in Zambo siege

February 18, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) confirmed the special posthumous meritorious promotion of five (5) police officers who were killed in action during the series of armed encounters against the members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga City from September 9 to 24, 2013.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission approved the promotion to the next higher rank of Police Inspector Jay Oy-Oyan, PO3 Murphy Abbilani, PO2 Lawin Salisa, PO2 Christopher Hernaez and PO2 Enrique Afable III following the recommendation made by the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Police Director General Alan LM Purisima, for the grant of the special posthumous promotion.

“The courage displayed by these police officers earned themselves not only the admiration of the members of the PNP but also the people they had sworn to serve. We assure the families of the slain policemen that they will receive full assistance from the Commission,” Escueta said.

Vice-Chairman Escueta added that aside from the pension, the families of the slain police officers shall be entitled to the reimbursement of burial expenses, survivorship pension for the next five (5) years, and educational assistance to their children through the NAPOLCOM scholarship program.

“I have already instructed our Regional Officials in Zamboanga City to get in touch with the families to give them basic information on the requirements, processes and procedures for the availment of the benefits,” Escueta said.

Under Section 38 (b) of RA 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of RA 8551, any uniformed member of the PNP who has exhibited acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty shall be promoted to the next higher rank, provided, that such acts shall be validated by the Commission based on established criteria. 

Escueta said that PNP members and their beneficiaries are expressly granted certain welfare benefits under the provisions of R.A. No. 6963 entitled “An Act Granting Special Financial Assistance And Benefits to the Family or Beneficiary of any Police or Military Personnel or Fireman Killed or Permanently Incapacitated while in the Performance of his Duty or By Reason of His Office or Position and for Other Purposes.”

“These benefits are administered by the NAPOLCOM pursuant to the provisions of Sections 73 and 76 of RA 6975 or the PNP Law,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM opens on-line scheduling for April 2014 PNP exams

February 4, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today announced that the enhanced On-Line Examination Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) will be activated in the websites www.napolcom.gov.ph or www.napolcom-oleass.com on February 10 – 14, 2014 for the police entrance examination and on February 17 – 21, 2014 for the police promotional tests in time for the nationwide conduct of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations on April 27, 2014.

Now on its third year of implementation, the OLEASS systematizes the scheduling of the processing of exam applications at the NAPOLCOM NCR Office and the other 15 regional offices nationwide. The period of filing of application is from March 3 – 28, 2014.

Due to weak internet service connection still being experienced in Tacloban City, the testing center in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) shall process manually the applications for the April 2014 examination.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the OLEASS shall be opened at 9:00 a.m. onwards on February 10 for the entrance exam and February 17 for the promotional tests. Acceptance of applications shall be on a ‘first come, first-served’ basis and, upon due notice, may be stopped even ahead of the deadline.

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

“The examination center where the applicant shall take the exam is automatically assigned by the computer system based on the permanent/home address or unit/assignment address provided by the applicant,” Escueta said.

He also said that only applicants with a confirmed scheduled appointment with reference number shall be entertained.

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

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

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

Application forms and index cards can be obtained for free at the NAPOLCOM NCR Office in Guadalupe Nuevo, EDSA, Makati City, and at any NAPOLCOM Regional Office. They may also be downloaded from www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Civilian applicants must bring the printed letter-reply/corresponding reference number confirming the scheduled appointment,  two recent, color, and identical 1”x1” ID pictures with white background and complete name tag (for PNP members, the name tag should indicate the rank before the name); one legal size window envelope with P9 worth of mailing stamp (for NCR, CAR, Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) and P12 (for Visayas, Mindanao and Calapan City); transcript of scholastic record with Special Order issued by CHED or diploma; and birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar or National Statistics Office (NSO). For a PO1 with temporary appointment, a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or Special Order is also required for submission.

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

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

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

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

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

The NAPOLCOM issued Memorandum Circular No. 2013-007 last October 30, 2013 to deter examinees from committing any form of cheating.

“Civilian examinees shall now be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance examination instead of just barring them from taking the said exam for a period of three (3) years. In addition, if these anomalous acts were committed by a police officer, he/she shall be charged with dishonesty and, if found guilty, be meted the penalty of dismissal from the service,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM okays prescribed jacket for PNP tourist police

January 28, 2014

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today issued Resolution No. 2013-674 approving the standard specifications for the new tourist police jacket and the guidelines on its proper wearing by the uniformed members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) assigned as tourist police.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that all tourist police personnel are required to wear the dark blue long sleeves jacket with “TOURIST POLICE” markings and the name of the police personnel at its upper back portion.

“The PNP tourist police jacket shall be worn by police officers while performing field duties and functions as tourist police, particularly in cold areas,” Escueta added.

He said that the jacket should be worn with the prescribed tourist police uniform which is composed of two (2) types. For commercial/urban areas, tourist police are required to wear the bull cap, patrol shirt, PNP GOA pants, blue belt, leather pistol belt and patrol shoes with black socks. Tourist police assigned in beach and nature parks should wear the bull cap, patrol shirt, short pants (same fabric and design with PNP GOA pants) with “TOURIST POLICE” markings, blue belt, nylon pistol belt with first aid kit and patrol shoes with black socks.

“To distinguish the tourist police personnel from other patrol police personnel, the “POLICE” markings at the back of the PNP patrol shirt was replaced by the “TOURIST POLICE” markings,” Escueta said.

Escueta stressed that all tourist police personnel are prohibited from using the tourist police jacket when they are not on duty and when they are inside night clubs, cockpits and other prohibited areas.

“It shall not also be worn by PNP personnel not assigned as tourist police and by those who are performing administrative duties,” Escueta added.

On November 8, 2005, the NAPOLCOM approved the proposal of the PNP to activate the Boracay Special Tourist Police Office (BSTPO), the very first tourist police office in the country, to maintain peace and order and ensure public safety in Boracay. The Boracay Island Special Tourism Zone was created under Executive Order No. 377 dated October 22, 2004 in line with the government’s program of promoting the country as a tourist destination.

The Commission also issued Resolution No. 2012-001 approving the activation of additional 25 Tourist Police Units (TPUs) nationwide in conformity with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9593 (The Tourism Act of 2009). Aside from the BSTPO, which was renamed as Boracay Tourist Assistance Center, and the Bohol Tourist Police Unit, the additional 25 TPUs are as follows: Ilocos Norte PPO TPU (Region 1), Cagayan PPO TPU (Region 2), Zambales PPO TPU (Region 3), Cavite PPO TPU (Region 4A), Laguna PPO TPU (Region 4A), Puerto Princesa CPO TPU (Region 4B), Palawan PPO TPU (Region 4B), Oriental Mindoro PPO TPU (Region 4B), Camarines Sur PPO TPU (Region 5), Aklan PPO TPU (Region 6), Cebu CPO TPU (Region 7), Cebu PPO TPU (Region 7), Negros Oriental PPO TPU (Region 7), Tacloban CPO TPU (Region 8), Camiguin PPO TPU (Region 10), Cagayan de Oro CPO TPU (Region 10), Davao CPO TPU (Region 11), General Santos City TPU (Region 12), Surigao del Norte PPO TPU (Region 13), Baguio CPO TPU (CAR), Manila Police District TPU (NCRPO), Quezon City Police District TPU (NCRPO), Eastern Police District TPU (NCRPO), Northern Police District TPU (NCRPO) and Southern Police District TPU (NCRPO).

Escueta said that the Tourist Police Units shall implement measures aimed at ensuring the safety and protection of both foreign and domestic tourists/travelers in high tourism traffic areas in the country.

NAPOLCOM approves new attire for PNP bike patrol personnel

January 24, 2014         

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved Resolution No. 2013-673 which prescribes the wearing of the powder blue Patrol Shirt by the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) assigned to the Bike Patrol.

According to NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta, the amendment focused on the replacement from the three (3) sets of t-shirt for PNP personnel on Bike Patrol (Set A: blue gray with dark blue collar worn on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Set B: navy blue with dark blue collar worn on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and, Set C: white with dark blue collar worn on Sundays) to the PNP Patrol Shirt.

Escueta said that the patrol shirt is for the use of the PNP uniformed personnel when performing general law enforcement functions, like patrolling, investigation and field inspection of patrol elements and as dictated by occasions determined by the Chief, PNP.  He added that it is more comfortable to wear especially during summer or hot weather condition.

Escueta stressed that the manner of wearing of the PNP patrol shirt must always be tucked in and should not be worn inside night clubs, cockpits and other prohibited places; when riding individually in a public conveyance; when the PNP personnel is not on duty or when performing administrative duties; and, in any manner not prescribed.

Escueta emphasized that there will be no changes on the markings and embroideries on the NAPOLCOM approved PNP patrol shirt and that the proposed amendment is not tailor-fit to any exclusive manufacturer of shirt garments available in the market.

25.28% hurdle police exams

January 21, 2014 

A total of 8,345 or 25.28% out of the 33,014 examinees passed the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) administered police examinations conducted last October 20, 2013 in designated schools in Metro Manila and other testing centers nationwide.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta as the Commission released the list of successful examinees in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that in the PNP entrance test, a requirement for initial appointment to the rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1), only 2,560 (18.96%) out of the 13,500 examinees passed. Of the 19,514 examinees who took the promotional tests, only 5,785 (29.64%) passed, with 3,572 in the Police Officer exam, 1,994 in the Senior Police Officer exam, 162 in the Inspector exam and 57 in the Superintendent exam.

Escueta said that the 29.64% passing rate in the promotional exams is 2.53% higher than the 27.11% passing rate in the previous promotional exams (May 26, 2013) while the 18.96% passing rate in the entrance exam is 7.15% higher than the 11.81% passing rate in the previous entrance exam.

“The significant increase in the passing percentage in the entrance and promotional examinations is an indication that the members of our police force are becoming more capable, effective and efficient,” Escueta said. “This may also be partly attributed to the lessening of the number of test questions from 200 to 150 items which allowed the examinees more time to finish the exam,” he added.

Vice-Chairman Escueta reiterates the Commission’s earlier warning for applicants of the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations not to commit any form of examination irregularity, such as cheating, impersonation, perjury or violation of examination rules, since the NAPOLCOM has a computer system that keeps track of the answer patterns of examinees.

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

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