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11.57% pass PNP entrance exam

December 27, 2015 

A total of 2,946 or 11.57% out of the 25,462 examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance Exam conducted by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on October 16, 2016 in designated schools in Metro Manila and other testing centers nationwide.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer       Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao 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 Casurao added that out of the 6,567 who took the PO Exam, 1,220 (18.58%) passed while 1,267 (17.25%) out of the 7,345 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,” Casurao said.

Vice-Chairman Casurao 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.

Atty. Casurao said that the list of successful examinees will be posted at the NAPOLCOM central office 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 in January 2017.

NAPOLCOM discloses yearend report on resolution of police cases, other major accomplishments

December 22, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) released its yearend report on the resolution of cases against police personnel, investigation of the “Narco-Generals” and other significant accomplishments for the year 2016.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the yearend report revealed the major actions that the Commission accomplished to carry out its mandate, particularly in support of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s all-out campaign on         anti-illegal drugs and anti-corruption in government.

In compliance with the President’s directive of ensuring the integrity of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Commission has undertaken essential measures to resolve the hastening of case resolution and the investigation of the “Narco-Generals.”

The NAPOLCOM constituted Ad Hoc Committees to conduct the formal investigation and reception of evidence on the alleged involvement of three (3) PNP Generals in illegal drugs trade. The committees are currently preparing their respective Reports of Investigation on the administrative cases filed by the NAPOLCOM against P/DIR Joel Pagdilao and P/CSUPT Edgardo Tinio. Meanwhile, an administrative complaint was filed against P/CSUPT Bernardo Diaz and the notice to file counter-affidavit was sent to him on November 25, 2016.

The Commission also decided 260 summary dismissal cases filed against PNP uniformed personnel. It likewise rendered decisions on 28 (70%) of 40 PNP appealed administrative cases filed with the National Appellate Board (NAB) and 118 (69%) of 171 caseload filed with the different Regional Appellate Boards (RABs) nationwide. The NAB and RABs resolved a total of 19 motions for reconsideration.

The NAPOLCOM requested for the approval by the Department of Budget and Management of the proposed reorganization of the NAPOLCOM Legal Affairs Service to ensure a more progressive workflow in handling summary dismissal cases against PNP members. 

Moreover, to ensure the speedy disposition of administrative cases filed against police personnel, the NAPOLCOM implemented Memorandum Circular No. 2016-002 dated March 7, 2016 to speed up the resolution of cases by explicitly prescribing the reglementary period within which to resolve administrative complaints and cases against PNP members; conducted a special project to expedite the disposition of 560 pending cases by pooling 35 lawyers from the central and regional offices; and, conducted a five-day training cum practicum for          Pre-Charge Investigators, Prosecutors, Summary Hearing Officers and Drafters.

The Commission ordered the withdrawal of deputation as NAPOLCOM representatives of 14 local chief executives because of their alleged involvement in illegal drugs trade and other reasons, as follows: Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña; Daanbantayan (Cebu) Mayor Vicente Loot; Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, Sr.; Calinog (Iloilo) Mayor Alex Centeña; Hamtic (Antique) Mayor Julius Ronald Pacificador; Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog; Carles (Iloilo) Mayor Siegfredo Betita; Maasin (Iloilo) Mayor Mariano Malones; San Rafael (Bulacan) Mayor Cipriano Violago, Jr.; Mabalacat City Mayor Marino Morales; Naguilian (La Union) Mayor Reynaldo Flores; Tubao (La Union) Mayor Dante Garcia; and, Bauang (La Union) Mayor Eulogio Clarence III. The deputation order of Albuera (Leyte) Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr. was withdrawn on August 10, 2016 before he was killed in prison.

The Commission submitted to the Presidential Management Staff a Work Plan on Lifestyle Check on PNP Personnel to serve as guidelines of the NAPOLCOM staff in the conduct of a nationwide comprehensive lifestyle check on target PNP personnel and local government executives involved in syndicated crimes and illegal drugs trade. Relatedly, the NAPOLCOM Inspectors and Law Enforcement Evaluation Officers attended a training course to equip them with knowledge in handling cases and incidents relative to the conduct of said lifestyle check.

Drug testing of NAPOLCOM personnel in the Central Office and Regional Office Nos. 5 and 12 was also conducted.

To comply with the Presidential directive on the eradication of corruption in government agencies, the Commission undertook the following activities: posting and publication of the NAPOLCOM Citizen’s Charter; posting of tarpaulins with the message No to Fixers; automation of the processing of exam results; conduct of answer pattern analysis prior to generation of exam results; immediate publication of exam results; implementation of the Online Examination Appointment Scheduling System; adoption of the Automatic Debit Account scheme for payment of police welfare benefits (death, permanent and total disability, and scholarship for qualified dependents) to eliminate the chance for potential “fixer” to expedite the release of said benefits; periodic coordination with the Philippine Statistics Authority and conduct of annual confirmation of pensioners (Proof of life) to determine the status of pensioners; and, compliance with the prescribed rules on the procurement of goods and services.

The NAPOLCOM likewise accomplished other significant outputs, as follows: issued 731 Resolutions and two (2) Memorandum Circulars; conducted inspection and audit of 1,030 PNP offices/stations/units nationwide; conducted four (4) police examinations; disbursed P 54.1 million for death, hospitalization, medical and pension benefits of PNP members/dependents; and, paid P 7.8 million for the tuition and miscellaneous expenses of 468 NAPOLCOM scholars.

NAPOLCOM recommends promotion of CIDG Chief to two-star General; 2 others to one-star rank

December 16, 2016 

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte the promotion to Police Director (equivalent to two-star General in the military) of Police Chief Superintendent Roel Barcena Obusan who is presently designated as Acting Director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP). 

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission recommended the promotion to two-star rank of P/Chief Supt.  Obusan since his present position call for the rank of a Police Director. 

The Commission also recommended to the President the promotion to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General) of Police Senior Superintendent Tomas Colet Apolinario, Jr., Acting District Director of the Southern Police District, National Capital Region Police Office (SPD-NCRPO). 

Also recommended for promotion to one-star rank was Police Senior Superintendent Gilberto D. Cruz who presently serves as Acting Director of the Police Community Relations Group (PCRG) of the PNP. 

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Duterte their promotion to star rank positions after the Chief, PNP recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion to the next higher rank.

Former SAF trooper tops NAPOLCOM PESE exam

December 9, 2016

Police Superintendent Wildemar Tan Tiu, a BS Civil Engineering graduate and member of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Sambigkis Class of 2003, is this year’s topnotcher in the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) validation interview phase administered by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) for the third level ranks in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

P/Supt. Tiu, Deputy Chief of the Permit to Carry Firearm Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) Unit under the Office of the Chief, PNP, placed first among the 259 senior police officials who passed the validation interview phase of the PES Eligibility process.

This was disclosed by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Rogelio T. Casurao as he announced the 10th PESE Conferment Rites on December 12, 2016 which will be held at the Jesse M. Robredo Hall, DILG-NAPOLCOM Center in Quezon City, with DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

P/Supt. Tiu has remarkable academic credentials. Aside from being a licensed Civil Engineer, he also has two master’s degrees in Public Administration (MPA) and Business Administration (MBA). He is also a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in his 16 years of dedicated police service.

Prior to his present assignment at the PTCFOR Unit, P/Supt. Tiu served as Station Commander of Police Stations 2, 3 and 4 of Cebu City Police Office and assigned at the Headquarters Cebu City Police. He also served five (5) years at the PNP Special Action Force (Air Unit, Human Resource Doctrine and Development and Rapid Deployment Battalion).

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the 259 passers represent 90.56% of the 286 police officials who underwent the validation interview, which is the second and final phase of the PES eligibility process.

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

NAPOLCOM confirms special promotion of brave cop

December 9, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the special promotion of SPO1 Ronald Eugenio of Opol Municipal Police Station in Misamis Oriental through a resolution dated November 24, 2016.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao announced the promotion of SPO1 Eugenio to the next higher rank after the Commission en banc recognized his act of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.

SPO1 Eugenio conducted a drug surveillance operation over the suspect Karl Vincent Barangot in Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental on August 8, 2016. The operation led to a gunfire against two (2) armed personalities on board a motorcycle which resulted in the death of Barangot while SPO1 Eugenio sustained gunshot wounds on his abdomen, throat and lower jaw. The injuries left him unable to speak that he needed to learn sign language for communication.

While recovering, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte visited him at Capitol University Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro and acknowledged his commitment in executing his sworn duty to protect his community in the war against illegal drugs. SPO1 Eugenio was also awarded the ‘Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting’ or PNP Wounded Personnel Award for his outstanding performance, bravery and self-sacrifice.

“After a careful review and validation of facts and merits of his bravery following the recommendations made by the PNP Special Promotion, Awards and Decorations Board (SPADB), the NAPOLCOM confirmed the special promotion of SPO1 Eugenio to the next higher rank of SPO2,” Vice-Chairman Casurao said.

Special promotion is granted to any member of the PNP for acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty pursuant to Section 38 (b) of Republic Act No. 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of Republic Act No. 8551.

NAPOLCOM upgrades rank of PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group Director

December 5, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the upgrading of the rank of the Director of the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG) from Police Senior Superintendent to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General in the military).

This was announced by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno after the Commission en banc issued Resolution No. 2016-739 dated November 21, 2016 which approved the rank upgrading.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission earlier approved the creation of the PNP-AIDG to implement the anti-illegal drug strategy of the PNP in support of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) through Resolution No. 2015-547 last October 30, 2015.

“It is a fact that the problem of illegal drugs has reached an alarming level and it is for this reason that the present administration was compelled to launch an all-out and relentless campaign to eradicate the proliferation of illegal drugs which is plaguing our country,” Casurao said.

Vice-Chairman Casurao added that the Commission recognizes the enormous task bestowed upon the PNP, specifically the AIDG being the lead unit of the PNP in the enforcement of the law on illegal drugs and deems it fitting that the head be accorded with the rank of Police Chief Superintendent in view of the vital duties and responsibilities attached to the position.

The PNP-AIDG is mandated to conduct all-out and sustained operations against drug syndicates and personalities in support of the programs and thrusts of the PDEA and to strengthen its operational capabilities to enhance the overall anti-illegal drugs strategy of the PNP and intensify its campaign against the production, processing, trafficking and retailing of illegal drugs.

NAPOLCOM confers PES Eligibility to 259 senior police officials

November 28, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will confer the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) to 259 senior officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who successfully passed the NAPOLCOM-administered police eligibility examination.

This was disclosed by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Rogelio T. Casuaro after the Commission en banc issued Resolution No. 2016-791 dated November 25, 2016 which approved the conferment of the PES Eligibilty to the successful examinees who passed both the written and interview phases of the PESE exam.

Vice-Chairman Casurao also announced the 10th PESE Conferment Rites on December 12, 2016 which will be held at the Jesse M. Robredo Hall, DILG-NAPOLCOM Center in Quezon City, with DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

Atty. Casurao said that the 259 passers represent 90.56% of the 286 officials who underwent the validation interview, which is the second and final phase of the PES eligibility process. He also added that said percentage posted the highest passing rate since its implementation in 2006. The 259 conferees consist of 183 Police Superintendents and 76 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,” Casurao said.

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the PESE examination contains situational judgment test questions on police leadership and police values as well as communication and job knowledge in order to get the best future leaders in the PNP organization.

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

1,635 cops pass special police exams

November 14, 2016

A total of 1,635 or 93.70% of the 1,745 police examinees passed the special promotional examinations conducted by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on August 7, 2016 in the cities of Makati, Pampanga, Iloilo, Cebu, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro.

Out of the 1,408 police examinees who took the Police Officer exam, 1,321 (93.82%) passed. For the Senior Police Officer exam, 303 (93.23%) of the 325 examinees hurdled the test. Eight (8) or 88.89% of the nine (9) police officers who took the Inspector exam passed, while all the three (3) or 100% of the examinees who took the Superintendent Exam succeeded in the test.

The list of successful examinees is posted at the NAPOLCOM central office 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 is on-going at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide.

NAPOLCOM promotes cops for arrest of the No. 1 Most Wanted Carnap Leader in the country

October 27, 2016   

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the special promotion of three (3) police officers for arresting the No. 1 Most Wanted Carnap Leader. 

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that SPO3 Pio Torrecampo, SPO1 Henry Terrano and PO2 Marvin Milante conducted series of operation and thorough investigation against Mac Lester Reyes, who have avoided capture for several years. 

After a year of extensive intelligence build-up and surveillance, the team of SPO3 Torrecampo, SPO1 Terrano and PO2 Milante arrested Reyes and his cohorts on August 14, 2014 at about 12:30 a.m and seized stolen motor vehicles, illegal firearms, ammunitions and drugs. 

“The Commission approved the special promotion to the next higher rank of SPO3 Torrecampo, SPO1 Terrano and PO2 Milante after the NAPOLCOM careful review and validation of facts and merits their bravery following the recommendations made by the PNP Special Promotion, Awards and Decorations Board (SPADB),” Vice-Chairman Casurao said. 

Special promotion is granted to any member of the PNP for acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty pursuant to Section 38 (b) of Republic Act No. 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of Republic Act No. 8551.

52.31% senior police officials pass NAPOLCOM PESE written exam; to take validation interview

October 24, 2016

A total of 204 or 52.31% of the 390 police examinees passed the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) Written Examination conducted on August 21, 2016 in Quezon City, Cebu City and Davao City.

Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno said that the 204 passers are qualified to undergo the Validation Interview on November 12, 13 and 19, 2016, the second and final phase of the PES eligibility process.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Rogelio T. Casuaro said that the 52.31% passing rate is the second highest since the PESE examinations started in 2006.

Vice-Chairman Casurao also added that the senior police officials who successfully passed the written phase consists of 70 Police Chief Inspectors and 134 Police Superintendents.

“The PESE is an eligibility requirement for the ranks of Police Senior Superintendent, Police Chief Superintendent, Police Director, Police Deputy Director General and Police Director General,” Casurao said.

The PESE test contains analytical questions on police leadership and police values designed to select the best future leaders in the police service.

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

43,342 to take NAPOLCOM police exams

October 14, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will conduct its second Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance and promotional examinations for the 2016 calendar year to a total of 43,342 on October 16 in designated testing centers nationwide.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that 26,728 will take the PNP entrance exam while 16,614 are distributed to the various promotional test categories.

A total of 2,759 of the 26,728 examinees for the PNP entrance test and 3,109 of the 16,614 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 Casurao 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,” Casurao said.

Applicants are scheduled to proceed to their respective testing centers in the cities of Makati, San Fernando (La Union), Tuguegarao, Angeles (Pampanga), Calamba, Bacoor, Calapan, Legazpi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Pagadian, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Mati (Davao) Koronadal, Baguio, Butuan, Cotabato (ARMM) and Bacolod.

“Strict compliance of the prescribed dress code is observed. Applicants for the PNP entrance test should wear plain white T-shirt/polo shirt, dark pants and shoes while those who will take the promotional tests are required to wear GOA Type B (in field cap, no awards/medals, only accoutrements) or the PNP Patrol Shirt. Examinees NOT in the prescribed attire will not be allowed to enter the examination center,” Atty. Casurao stressed.

Director Ramon M. Rañeses, NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Chief, reminds examinees to bring their notice of admission, pencil no. 2, black ballpen 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.

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

The Commission reiterates that committing any form of cheating is unacceptable. As per NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 2013-007 issued on October 30, 2013, civilian examinees shall be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance examination. Moreover, if these 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.

NAPOLCOM recommends promotion of P/Dir. Apolinario to three-star general

October 12, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Rodrigo R. Duterte the promotion of Police Director Ramon Colet Apolinario to Police Deputy Director General (PDDG), a rank equivalent to three-star general in the military.

The NAPOLCOM en banc headed by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno issued Resolution No. 2016-613 dated October 4, 2016 recommending to the President the promotion of Police Director Apolinario to three-star rank after Police Director General Ronald M. Dela Rosa, the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), recommended his promotion and certified that he meets all the requirements for promotion to the next higher rank.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that Police Director Apolinario is the Acting Chief of the Directorial Staff, the fourth highest position in the PNP, since September 16, 2016 following the issuance of NAPOLCOM Resolution No. 2016-573 confirming his designation to said position.

“With the proposed promotion of Police Director Apolinario, the PNP will now have two (2) Police Deputy Director Generals, the other one is PDDG Francisco A. Uyami, Jr., the Deputy Chief for Administration (DCA),” Atty. Casurao said.

The remaining one (1) PDDG position is for the Deputy Chief for Operations (DCO), which is now being held by Police Director Benjamin B. Magalong in an acting capacity.

“Under the PNP Rank Profile, the positions of DCA, DCO and CDS call for the rank of PDDG, a three-star General,” Vice-Chairman Casurao said.

NAPOLCOM honors cops in anti-illegal drugs war, PNP gallantry awardees and model PNP families on its Golden Founding Anniversary

September 9, 2016                                                                 

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) conferred plaques of recognition and cash award to Model PNP Families, PNP Gallantry Awardees and recipients of the Excellence Award on Anti-Illegal Drug Operations during the two-day celebration of  its 50th Founding Anniversary on September 8-9, 2016.

DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno was joined by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao and Commissioners Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr., Zenonida F. Brosas and Job M. Mangente in handing the plaques of recognition and cash award to the police and community awardees during the September 8 anniversary program at the PICC, Pasay City.

The Most Outstanding Model PNP Family is SPO4 Ayson O. Wakat and Family (Dupax Del Norte Police Station, Nueva Vizcaya PNP); the 1st runner up is PSUPT Lurobe P. Rojo and Family (PRO 12, Tambler, General Santos City); and the 2nd runner up is PINSP Marilyn S. Alviarne and Family (San Juan Police Station, La Union). Aside from plaque of recognition, they also received cash award: P200,000.00 for the grand winner; P150,000.00 for the 1st runner up; and P100,000.00 for the 2ndrunner up.  

“The cash award for the winners of the Model PNP Families was sponsored by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc., Foundation for Crime Prevention, Jollibee Corporation, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc., Globe Telecom, DILG and NAPOLCOM,” Vice-Chairman Casurao said.

The Commission also gave recognition to five (5) PNP Gallantry Awardees: PO3 Cyril B. Gobis, Region 4A; SPO2 Giovani S. Nalzaro, Region 9; PO2 Dionelio L. Jurbina (posthumous), Region 7; PO3 Joe Harry M. Peralta (posthumous), NIRO; and PO1 Henry Viel Pacheco (posthumous), NIRO. Each was awarded with a plaque of recognition and P10,000.00 cash.

Excellence Awards on Anti-Illegal Drug Operations were likewise presented to the following PNP members: PSUPT Maximo F. Sebastian, Region 12; PSUPT Raniel M. Valones, Region 3; PSINSP John Ryan C. Doceo, Region 6; SPO2 Harold V. Nicolas, Region 1; and PO3 Sygman C. Benigno.

Also given recognition are the Commission’s community partners, as follows: Assistant Secretary Jose Wilfrido S. Oca, Presidential Management Staff; Executive Secretary Rodolfo D. Diamante, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care and Philippine Action for Youth Offenders; and Administrator Manuel G. Co, Parole and Probation Administration, for their untiring dedication and selfless contribution to the crime prevention policies and criminal justice programs of the government as members of the NAPOLCOM Technical Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in a span of more than two decades.

Community service awards were also given to the Foundation for Crime Prevention, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc., and Ms. Carmencita M. Arce of FCP for their unwavering support to the organizing committee of the 22nd National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) and generous contribution to the successful conduct of the NAPOLCOM programs, particularly the 2016 Search for Model PNP Families and the ‘Pito Tayo Laban sa Krimen’.

A plaque of recognition was likewise presented to Ms. Carol Pascual-Sanchez, Member of the European Union (EU) Technical Assistance Team under the EU-Philippines Justice Support Programme II (EPJUST II), for her generous investment of time and inspiration in guiding the NAPOLCOM in its journey through the Performance Governance System (PGS) Pathway, particularly in the development, implementation and monitoring of projects, such as the Community and Service-Oriented Policing System (CSOP) and the improvement of the administrative disciplinary procedures in NAPOLCOM.

Also awarded are retired PDIR Charles T. Calima, Jr. and PSSUPT Angeles B. Geñorga Jr. for sharing their expertise in the formulation of test items for the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations and the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) Examination which immensely contributed in the professionalization and promotion of career development in the Philippine National Police.

Ms. Dominica Baliktar of NAPOLCOM Region 5 and Mr. Sherwin Dimaano of the Personnel and Administrative Service in the central office, the NAPOLCOM-wide Model Supervisor and Associate, respectively, were given recognition for their hard work and unwavering commitment to the vision and mission of the Commission.

On September 9, the second day of the anniversary celebration, the Commission gave commendations to NAPOLCOM Service Best Performers for serving the Commission with the highest degree of professional rectitude.

Certificates and plaques of recognition were given to 39 employees for having served the NAPOLCOM with utmost dedication and loyalty for the past 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years.    

Thirty nine (39) NAPOLCOM retirees were also presented with plaques of appreciation in acknowledgement of their unselfish commitment and dedication while serving the Commission.

A cultural cheerdance contest to be participated in by select personnel from the central and regional offices will be held in the afternoon.

NAPOLCOM celebrates 50th Founding Anniversary Gives awards to deserving cops, model PNP families and community partners

September 9, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will celebrate its Golden Founding Anniversary on September 8, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City which will be highlighted by the conferment of awards to community partners, test consultants, PNP gallantry awardees and PNP model families.

DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno will be the Guest of Honor and Speaker. He will be joined by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao and Commissioners Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr., Zenonida F. Brosas and Job M. Mangente in the presentation of plaques of recognition and commendation to the awardees.

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the Commission will award plaques of recognition to Assistant Secretary Jose Wilfrido S. Oca, Presidential Management Staff (PMS); Executive Secretary Rodolfo D. Diamante, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care and Philippine Action for Youth Offenders (CBCP-ECPPC/PAYO); and Administrator Manuel G. Co, Parole and Probation Administration, for their untiring dedication and selfless contribution to the crime prevention policies and criminal justice programs of the government as members of the NAPOLCOM Technical Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (TCCPCJ) in a span of more than two decades.

Community service awards will be given to the Foundation for Crime Prevention (FCP), Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), and Ms. Carmencita M. Arce of FCP for their unwavering support to the organizing committee of the 22ndNational Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) and generous contribution to the successful conduct of the NAPOLCOM programs, particularly the 2016 Search for Model PNP Families and the ‘Pito Tayo Laban sa Krimen’.

A plaque of recognition will also be presented to Ms. Carol Pascual-Sanchez, Member of the European Union (EU) Technical Assistance Team under the EU-Philippines Justice Support Programme II (EPJUST II), for her generous investment of time and inspiration in guiding the NAPOLCOM in its journey through the Performance Governance System (PGS) Pathway, particularly in the development, implementation and monitoring of projects, such as the Community and Service-Oriented Policing System (CSOP) and the improvement of the administrative disciplinary procedures in NAPOLCOM.

Also to be awarded are retired PDIR Charles T. Calima, Jr. and PSSUPT Angeles B. Geñorga Jr. for sharing their expertise in the formulation of test items for the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations and the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) Examination which immensely contributed in the professionalization and promotion of career development in the Philippine National Police.

The NAPOLCOM-wide Model Supervisor and Associate will also be given recognition for their hard work and unwavering commitment to the vision and mission of the Commission.

The winners of the 2016 Search for PNP Model Families and the recipients of the PNP Gallantry Award shall be announced during the program.

On September 9, the second day of the anniversary celebration, the Commission will likewise give commendations to NAPOLCOM Service Best Performers for serving the Commission with the highest degree of professional rectitude.

Certificates and plaques of recognition will be given to 39 employees for having served the NAPOLCOM with utmost dedication and loyalty for the past 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years.    

Thirty nine (39) NAPOLCOM retirees will also be presented with plaques of appreciation in acknowledgement of their unselfish commitment and dedication while serving the Commission.

A cultural cheerdance contest to be participated in by select personnel from the central and regional offices will be held in the afternoon.

“As we celebrate our golden anniversary, we also take pride in giving awards and commendations to deserving PNP members and NAPOLCOM personnel in recognition of their commendable performance as public servants and for setting the standard bar high for their colleagues,” Casurao said.

NAPOLCOM leads NCPW kickoff; awards Model PNP Families

August 30, 2016    

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will hold a kickoff activity at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on September 1 signaling the start of the 22nd National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) celebration with the theme “Hawak Kamay tungo sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran.”

Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno said that the NCPW celebration will focus on building collaborative partnership among the community, law enforcement agencies and local executives through the adoption and implementation of the Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) System, thus, revitalizing the communities, and creating secure and safe environment.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that blowing of whistles will commence the weeklong celebration. It will be highlighted by the awarding of the 2016 Model PNP Families on September 8, 2016 which will coincide with NAPOLCOM’s 50th Anniversary celebration at the PICC in Pasay City.

The Search for Model PNP Families, which has been initiated by the NCPW Interagency Technical Working Committee as special incentive program for the police, intends to recognize police officers and their families for demonstrating good citizenship and community leadership, and for exemplifying the concept of CSOP as the backbone of crime prevention.

“Moreover, the Search aims to highlight the image of the police as a family man or woman and emphasize the importance of having strong family ties in the overall success of preventing crimes and other forms of lawlessness,” Casurao added.

The NAPOLCOM, through the NCPW Technical Working Committee composed of representatives from government agencies and nongovernment organizations, has jumpstarted the 2016 NCPW celebration on August 15 with a series of TV and radio guestings, distribution of IECs and hanging of streamers.

Other activities to be conducted are the Awareness Drive on Crime Prevention at various schools in Metro Manila and the Ugnayan ng Mamamayan at Pulisya sa Metro Manila.

“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,” Casurao said. 

NAPOLCOM promotes 9 courageous cops

August 4, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) confirmed the special promotion of nine (9) members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for demonstrating exceptional courage and gallantry at the risk of their lives in the performance of their duty.

This was announced by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno after the Commission en banc issued four (4) separate resolutions approving the special promotion to the next higher rank of PCInsp. Nazier A. Halil of Zamboanga City Police Office; PCInsp. Gil T. Torralba, PInsp. Edward B. Cantano, PO1 John Vincent M. Miñano and PO1 Royger C. Ballaran of Cavite Police Provincial Office; SPO4 Neil R. Garnace, SPO4 Anthony R. Barangan and SPO2 Gary C. Gomez of Angeles City Police Office; and PO2 Ryan C. Cabansag of the PNP Headquarters Support Service.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that PCInsp. Nazier Halil was promoted to the next higher rank in recognition of his heroic act during the rescue of the team headed by then Zamboanga City Police Office OIC PSSupt. Jose Chiquito M. Malayo who were captured on September 17, 2013 by a group of MNLF rebels at the height of the Zamboanga siege incident. Despite being unarmed, PCInsp. Halil immediately proceeded to the area and became the direct contact in providing real time situation on the ground. He braved all adversities in going to the location and facilitated the passage of the rescue team into neutral ground.

Also promoted were PCInsp. Gil Torralba, PInsp. Edward Cantano, PO1 John Vincent Miñano and PO1 Royger Ballaran for the successful police operation conducted on May 27, 2014 against alleged members of the “Alimango Robbery/Hold-up Group” who were planning to stage a robbery at Evermore/High Steel Lumber along Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Biga 2, Silang, Cavite. This operation resulted in the death of eight (8) suspects and the recovery of death-dealing items that included two (2) caliber .38 revolvers, two (2) 9mm caliber Armscor pistols, four (4) .45 caliber pistols, 10 magazines of different calibers, 60 pieces of assorted live ammunitions and three (3) fired cartridge cases.

Same special promotion was also granted to SPO4 Neil Garnace, SPO4 Anthony Barangan and SPO2 Gary Gomez for the successful surveillance and actual implementation of a search warrant against Taiwanese national Lin Chin Kuan and two (2) others on May 31, 2016 in Angeles City which resulted in the seizure of 45 gallons of liquid methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu), huge volume of Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals (CPECs), oxygenator, suction, pump, laboratory equipment and powder substances with an estimated value of Php 1.372 billion.

The Commission likewise promoted PO2 Ryan Cabansag who singlehandedly resisted three (3) robbery/hold-up suspects inside a Del Carmen passenger bus while traversing northbound along North Luzon Expressway on September 13, 2015. PO2 Cabansag and his family were on board said bus.

When one of the robbers was about to shoot a passenger, he quickly introduced himself as a police officer but one of the robbers fired at him but missed, and this prompted PO2 Cabansag to retaliate. He shot and killed two of the suspects on the spot, while the third one was able to escape.

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the grant of special promotion is specifically provided under Section 38 (b) of RA 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of RA 8551, which provides that 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.

NAPOLCOM recommends promotion to two-star rank of 2 PNP officials; 5 others to one-star rank

August 3, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte the promotion to two-star rank of two (2) Police Chief Superintendents and the promotion to one-star rank of five (5) Police Chief Superintendents of the Philippine National Police (PNP). 

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission recommended to President Duterte the promotion to Police Director (equivalent to two-star General in the military) of P/Chief Supt. Fernando H. Mendez Jr. who is presently designated as Acting Director for Personnel and Records Management, and P/Chief Supt. Ramon C. Apolinario who is currently the Acting Director for Integrated Police Operations–Western Mindanao. 

“The Commission recommended the promotion to two-star rank of Police Chief Superintendents Mendez and Apolinario since their present positions call for the rank of Police Director,” Casurao said. 

The Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General) of P/Sr. Supt. Cesar Hawthorne R. Binag, Acting Chief of the Firearms and Explosives Office, Civil Security Group; P/Sr. Supt. Amando Clifton B. Empiso, Acting Regional Chief Directorial Staff, National Capital Region Police Office; P/Sr. Supt. Joel Crisostomo DL Garcia, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Personnel and Records Management; P/Sr. Supt. Romulo E. Sapitula, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations–Southern Luzon; and, P/Sr. Supt. Danilo L. Maligalig, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Police Regional Office 10. 

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Duterte their promotion to star rank positions after the Chief, PNP recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

NAPOLCOM expedites resolution of police cases

July 30, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has started implementing the amended guidelines that would pave the way for the speedy disposition of administrative cases filed against the uniformed members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

This was disclosed by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao after the Commission issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2016-002 dated March 7, 2016 revising the uniform rules of procedure before the administrative disciplinary authorities and the PNP Internal Affairs Service (IAS). The MC became effective on June 15, 2016, fifteen days after its publication in two (2) newspapers of general circulation on May 30, 2016.

The new NAPOLCOM MC amended certain provisions of Memorandum Circular No. 2007-001 particularly the conduct of several summary hearings which has been the main cause of the high number of backlog cases before the different disciplinary authorities and the IAS.

“Instead of a full blown hearing, both parties are required to submit their respective verified position papers taking into account the summary nature of administrative proceedings. If necessary, a one-time clarificatory hearing may be conducted where the parties shall be afforded the opportunity to be present and submit written clarificatory questions,” Atty. Casurao said.

The revised rules of procedure intends to expedite the resolution of cases by explicitly prescribing the reglementary period within which to resolve administrative complaints and cases filed against PNP members from the time of the filing of complaints to the final disposition of cases.

NAPOLCOM MC 2016-002 specifically provides for a reglementary period of 150 days for the different disciplinary authorities and the IAS to resolve administrative cases filed before their respective jurisdiction.

Only complaints that have been found to have probable cause during the pre-charge investigation are submitted for summary proceedings where the PNP members complained of are formally charged; otherwise, complaints are dismissed.

If the complaint is dismissed, the complainant may file one motion for re-investigation within three (3) days from receipt of the resolution, which shall be resolved by the concerned disciplinary authority within 15 days from receipt of the motion.

To expedite the disposition of cases, the different administrative disciplinary authorities and the IAS shall not entertain request for clarification, bill of particulars, motion to dismiss or any other motion which are obviously designed to delay the administrative proceedings.

Complaints against PNP members may be filed before the PNP IAS or in any of the following disciplinary authorities: City or Municipal Mayors, People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB), Chiefs of Police or equivalent supervisors, PNP Provincial Directors or equivalent supervisors, PNP Regional Directors or equivalent supervisors, Chief of the PNP, or NAPOLCOM.

The equivalent supervisors of the Chief of Police are as follows: Chief, Provincial Public Safety Company; Chief, District Public Safety Battalion; and Chief, Police Station of Manila Police District and Quezon City Police District.

The equivalent supervisors of the PNP Provincial Director are the Director, City Police Office of Highly Urbanized or Chartered Cities; Chief, Regional Public Safety Battalion; Chief, Regional Administrative Support Unit; and Chief, Regional Operational Support Unit.

The equivalent supervisors of the PNP Regional Director are the Director, Police District Office, NCRPO; Director, National Administrative Support Unit; and Director, National Operational Support Unit.

“With the issuance of the revised rules of procedure, the Commission assures the public as well as the police of a just and expeditious disposition of administrative complaints and cases to ensure public accountability and utmost discipline in the police service,” Vice-Chairman Casurao said. 

NAPOLCOM opens on-line scheduling for October 2016 PNP exams

July 13, 2016

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 July 18 – 22, 2016 for the police entrance exam, July 25 – 29, 2016 for the Police Officer (PO) exam and August 1 – 5, 2016 for the Senior Police Officer (SPO), Inspector (INSP) and Superintendent (SUPT) exams in time for the nationwide conduct of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations on October 16, 2016.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the OLEASS shall be opened at 12:00 NN onwards on July 18 for the entrance exam, July 25 for the PO exam and August 1 for the SPO, INSP and SUPT exams. Acceptance of applications shall be on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and, upon due notice, may be stopped even ahead of the deadline.

“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,” Casurao said.

He also said that only applicants with a confirmed scheduled appointment with reference number shall be entertained. The period of filing of application is from August 15 – September 9, 2016.

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.

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 P17 worth of mailing stamp; 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.

Casurao 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.

NAPOLCOM recommends promotion of PNP Chief Dela Rosa to four-star general; 5 others to star ranks

July 12, 2016

After President Rodrigo R. Duterte appointed Police Chief Superintendent Ronald M. Dela Rosa as the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended the promotion of Dela Rosa to the highest rank of Police Director General (equivalent to four-star General in the military).

The NAPOLCOM en banc headed by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno recommended to the President the promotion of PCSUPT Dela Rosa from one-star rank to four-star General through NAPOLCOM Resolution No. 2016-424 dated June 30, 2016.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission certifies that PCSUPT Dela Rosa meets all the requirements for designation to the position of Chief, PNP.

“The Commission has also determined that there is no legal impediment to the designation of PCSUPT Dela Rosa to the position of Chief, PNP and his promotion to the rank of Police Director General,” Atty. Casurao added.

Section 26 of Republic Act No. 6975 (PNP Law) provides that the Chief of the PNP shall be appointed by the President from among the senior officers down to the rank of Police Chief Superintendent. It further specifies that the Chief of the PNP shall serve a term of office not to exceed for (4) years.

The Vice-Chairman also said that the Commission endorsed to President Duterte six (6) separate resolutions recommending for the promotion to the next higher rank of one (1) Police Chief Superintendent, four (4) Police Senior Superintendents, and one (1) Police Superintendent.

Recommended for promotion to Police Director (equivalent to two-star General) is PCSUPT Keith Ernald Siñgian, Acting Director for Human Resource and Doctrine Development.

Also recommended for promotion to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General) are PSSUPT Eliseo Rasco, Acting Deputy Director for Administration, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group; PSSUPT Gregorio Pimentel, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Police Regional Office 13; PSSUPT Aurelio Trampe, Jr., Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Eastern Mindanao; and PSSUPT Daniel Macatlang, Jr., Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Eastern Mindanao.

Recommended for promotion to Police Senior Superintendent (equivalent to Colonel) is PSUPT Alden Delvo, Acting Chief, Regional Investigation Unit 11, Intelligence Group.

NAPOLCOM sets special promotional exams for cops

July 4, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announced the conduct of special promotional examinations for police officers who are about to be attrited due to non-promotion. The period of filing of applications started on June 27 until July 8, 2016.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the special PNP promotional exams scheduled on August 7, 2016 are open exclusively to all PNP uniformed personnel (Police Officers, Senior Police Officers, Police Inspectors and Police Superintendents) who are college graduates and candidates for attrition by non-promotion due to lack of 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.

Applicants may file their application forms personally at any of the 18 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices nationwide indicating his/her choice of examination center, i.e., Makati City (NCR), Pampanga (Region 3), Iloilo City (Region 6), Cebu City (Region 7), Zamboanga City (Region 9) and Cagayan de Oro City (Region 10). Applications received through postal mail shall not be processed.

Application form must be accompanied by the following documents: two recent, identical and color 1”x1” ID pictures with white background and complete name tag (indicate the rank before the name); one legal size window envelope with P17 worth of mailing stamp; certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or PNP Absorption Order; and Report of Rating/Certification issued by the NAPOLCOM Central Office, CSC Certificate of Eligibility and/or PRC Board Certificate.

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

12% hurdles PNP entrance exam; 28.80% in promotional tests

July 4, 2016

A total of 2,705 or 12% out of the 22,541 examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance exam conducted nationwide by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on April 24, 2016.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao as the Commission released the list of successful examinees in the PNP entrance and promotional examinations.

In the promotional exams, only 5,426 or 28.80% out of the 18,839 police examinees passed. The passing percentage rates per exam category are as follows: for Police Officer Exam, 19.81% (1,505 of 7,599 examinees); for Senior Police Officer Exam, 35.36% (3,483 of 9,849 examinees); for Inspector Exam, 29.18% (337 of 1,155 examinees); and for Superintendent Exam, 42.80% (101 of 236 examinees).

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the 12% passing rate in the entrance exam and the 28.8056% passing rate in the promotional exams is 6.01% and 13.78% lower respectively, than the 18.01% and 42.58% passing rate in the previous entrance and promotional exams (October 25, 2015).

“The low passing rate in both exam categories may be attributed to the Commission’s continuous upgrading of standards on its police examinations in line with its sustained effort to professionalize the PNP by ensuring that only the best and most qualified individuals are recruited and promoted in the police service,” Vice-Chairman Casurao said.

The list of successful examinees is now posted at the 7th floor, NAPOLCOM central office located at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, NAPOLCOM Bldg., EDSA Corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City and at all 18 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices, and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Individual report of rating will be mailed to all examinees. Verification of test results is being entertained at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide.

NAPOLCOM recommends PNP Chief Marquez for Legion of Honor Award

July 1, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended the conferment of the Philippine Legion of Honor Award “Degree of Commander” on Police Director General Ricardo C. Marquez, Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The NAPOLCOM en banc headed by Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento endorsed to the Office of the President Resolution No. 2016-392 dated June 16, 2016 to confer such prestigious award on PDG Marquez in recognition of his exceptionally meritorious and invaluable service to the country in his capacity as Chief, PNP from July 16, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the sterling accomplishments of PDG Marquez clearly manifested deep dedication and commitment to the police service.

“His high degree of professionalism and loyalty to the flag, and his stature as the shining example of a true officer and a gentleman, earned honor and distinction not only for himself but for the entire police organization,” Atty. Casurao said.

Among the most significant accomplishments of PDG Marquez during his tenure as PNP Chief are as follows: he provided strategic direction and meticulous supervision of all police operations in the implementation of security plan during the May 9, 2016 national and local elections which significantly resulted in the high turn-out of voters, thus making such elections truly successful and one of the most peaceful and orderly political exercise in the Philippine history; he efficiently implemented a general security plan as Commander of the National Joint Task Force for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit held in 2015 that immensely contributed to its successful conduct; he efficiently implemented public safety operations during the conduct of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) held in 2015; and he proficiently supervised the implementation of police and security operations during the first state visit and apostolic journey of His Holiness Pope Francis on January 15-19, 2015.

Moreover, the PNP Chief provided strategic guidance in the continuous implementation of crime prevention and crime fighting operations through “Oplan Lambat-Sibat” that resulted in a 48% decrease in crime trend from 635 weekly average incidents during the first semester of 2015 to 331 during the second semester of 2015 until the first week of April 2016; he institutionalized patrolling as the backbone of policing dubbed as “Patrolya ng Pamayanan” which has made positive difference in police operations by keeping criminals at bay especially in crime prone areas; and he implemented intensified anti-illegal drugs operations dubbed as “One-Time Big Time” which resulted in the arrest of 40,843 persons and confiscation of Php 3.7 billion estimated value of drugs.

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that in fitting recognition of all the eminently meritorious and valuable services that PDG Marquez has accomplished to such a degree that can seldom be surpassed, the NAPOLCOM firmly believes that he deserves to be awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor “Degree of Commander”.

NAPOLCOM approves implementation of national police clearance system

June 30, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) authorized the Philippine National Police (PNP) to adopt and implement a National Police Clearance System as a tool to support the PNP’s anti-criminality campaign and improve the investigation and detection of crimes.

This was announced by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento after the Commission en banc issued Resolution No. 2016-393 dated June 17, 2016 which approved the implementation of a secure centralized system that provides for a comprehensive and technology-based criminal record check.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that in the study conducted by the PNP, the present police clearance being used by the police units is more inclined to generate revenues because the fees collected for such purpose go to the coffers of local government units and service providers. It is not responsive to the need of both the police and the community in terms of safety and security by way of preventing and solving crime.

According to Vice-Chairman Casurao, the clearance system which the PNP shall implement is not intended to preclude individuals with police records or pending criminal cases from employment or put them in a bad light. A police clearance contains the necessary information which may be needed by a person or entity as additional reference in the exercise of prerogative or discretion.

“The shift from locally-based to a national system would significantly improve the process for criminal record checks across jurisdictions wherein an applicant’s criminal history and biometrics are verified from databases. The system would also assist investigators in case build-up and consequently increase crime solution efficiency,” Casurao said.

Vice-Chairman Casurao added that since this robust system is highly computerized, regularly updated, and therefore more credible, agencies/entities from both the government and private sectors will be highly encouraged to require national police clearance for certain transactions, such as employment (OJT, application, promotion, retirement), work placement, civil registry (birth, marriage, adoption, death), immigration (visa application, alien registration, naturalization), financial services (remittance, loan), among others.

“The implementation of the national police clearance system affirms the PNP’s responsiveness and timeliness to be abreast with the current socio-economic developments as well as the fast-changing technology that impact the police organization,” Casurao said.

NAPOLCOM welcomes incoming DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman

June 15, 2016

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao (standing) leads the Commission officials in welcoming Secretary Ismael “Mike” D. Sueno (4th from left) and other members of DILG transition team during a briefing at the NAPOLCOM Conference Room on June 13, 2016.

Secretary Sueno, former South Cotabato Governor, expressed appreciation for the warm welcome and said, “I am sure that God will give me the grace and wisdom to do my job as Secretary of the DILG.” He stressed that he would ensure that the DILG and NAPOLCOM will work hand in hand and take the lead in the anti-criminality efforts of the Duterte administration. He likewise vowed to restore the trust and respect of the public to the police.

Also in photo are (from left) Commissioner Zenonida F. Brosas, Commissioner Felizardo M. Serapio. Jr., Acting Deputy Executive Officer Myrna DP Medina and Commissioner Job M. Mangente.

JUSTICE SECTOR RECOGNIZES SUPPORT OF NAPOLCOM

June 11, 2016

National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao receives a certificate of appreciation from Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno in recognition of the Commission’s tireless support and contribution to the Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC) in addressing the varied issues of delay and inefficiencies through sector-wide coordinative efforts.

One relevant topic discussed during the meeting is how the Philippine National Police (PNP) should address issues on Crime Scene Preservation since the PNP is the primary investigating arm of the criminal justice system and has the most significant role in Evidence Management.

The awarding was held during the JSCC Principals’ Meeting at the Manila Pavilion on June 9, 2016 which was participated in by agencies under the justice sector that includes the NAPOLCOM.

Also in photo are (from left) Supreme Court Spokesperson Jose Midas P. Marquez, DILG Undersecretary Edwin R. Enrile, DOJ Secretary Emmanuel L. Caparas and DILG Secretary Mel Senen S. Sarmiento.

NAPOLCOM opens applications for Police Executive Service exam

June 1, 2016

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 1 to July 22, 2016.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the PESE Written Examination, which will be conducted on August 21, 2016 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.

Vice-Chairman Casurao 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 eligibility process has two phases – Written Examination and Validation Interview, and 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,” Casurao said.

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

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 may file their application forms personally or by mail at any of the 18 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices nationwide. Application form must be accompanied by 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 17.00 worth of mailing stamp affixed on each envelope; (4) service record; and (5) copy of attested appointment (KSS Porma Bldg. 33).

NAPOLCOM FORGES KOREAN TIES ANEW

May 19, 2014

 

National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) new set of Commissioners (from extreme left) Comr. Zenonida F. Brosas, Comr. Job M. Mangente, Comr. Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr., Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao and DILG Undersecretary Edwin R. Enrile affirm their commitment to assist the Korean Embassy, represented by Minister Kwon Won Jik (extreme right) and the Korean Community Associations in the Philippines, and render the best and widest possible measures in ensuring the safety and security of all Korean Nationals staying in the country during the 18th Quarterly Joint Consultative Meeting of the Republic of the Philippines and Republic of Korea held at the NAPOLCOM, Quezon City on May 19, 2016.

Discussed during the meeting were the speeding up of the deportation of Korean fugitives in the country; cooperation between the PNP and the Korean Community Focal Persons; observance of due process in the implementation and enforcement of search warrants; and updates and status of cases involving Korean nationals.

NAPOLCOM promotes cops for arrest of suspect in Valentine's Day bombing

May 20, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the special promotion of three (3) police officers for arresting the suspect in the so-called Valentine's Day bombing in Makati City on February 14, 2005.  

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that SPO1 Sebastian De Leon, PO3 Rolando Maximo and PO2 Pedro Silva, Jr. were members of the Special Task Team who conducted investigation and manhunt operations against Gappal Hannah a.k.a Boy Negro, a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group who claimed responsibility for the bombing inside the RRCG bus along the intersection of EDSA and Ayala Avenue on Valentine's Day of 2005.

After two weeks of conducting biographical intelligence and networking, the team of SPO1 De Leon, PO3 Maximo and PO2 Silva traced the hideout of Boy Negro in Libmanan, Camarines Sur.

Together with the barangay officials of Libmanan, the team, posed as barangay tanods, proceeded to the hiding place of Boy Negro and facilitated his surrender. The group arrested Boy Negro at around 9:30 p.m. on March 3, 2005 without any resistance, damage to property and unnecessary loss of life.

"The Commission approved the special promotion to the next higher rank of SPO1 De Leon, PO3 Maximo and PO2 Silva after the NAPOLCOM meticulously validated their bravery following the recommendations made by the PNP Special Promotion, Awards and Decorations Board (SPADB)," Vice-Chairman Casurao said.

Special promotion is granted to any member of the PNP for acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty pursuant to Section 38 (b) of Republic Act No. 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of Republic Act No. 8551.

NAPOLCOM, PNP gear up for PNP recruitment program

May 18, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the recruitment of 21,200 Police Officer 1 (PO1) through Resolution No. 2016-285 to increase police personnel strength, improve police-to-population ratio, and enhance police visibility program and anti-insurgency operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that for CY 2016, PNP will recruit 10,000 civilians for the regular recruitment quota and 11,200 new police officers for the attrition recruitment quota.

"The regular recruitment quota is intended to strengthen the Public Safety Forces (PSFs) in identified Police Regional Offices (PROs) which operate in insurgency-affected areas and to support the personnel build-up of other PROs and some of the National Operational Support Units of the PNP, such as the Special Action Force (SAF), Maritime Group (MG) and Aviation Security Group (AVSEGROUP)," Casurao said.

Vice-Chairman Casurao added that the distribution of said quota is based on the prevailing peace and order condition and actual personnel demand in the operational area covered by the respective PROs.

The attrition recruitment quota is intended to replenish personnel loss due to retirement, death, dropping from the rolls, separation, dismissal and resignation from the police service.  

The 10,000 regular quota is distributed per region, as follows: PRO1- 450; PRO2- 500; PRO3- 450; PRO4A- 700; PRO4B- 450; PRO5- 800; PRO6- 375; PRO7- 375; PRO8- 800; PRO9- 500; PRO10- 600;               PRO11- 500; PRO12- 500; PRO13- 800; PRO COR- 800; PRO ARMM- 300; NCRPO- 400; PRO18- 300;  MG- 200; AVSEGROUP - 200. The SAF was not allocated a quota for this recruitment program.

The 11,200 attrition quota is distributed per region, as follows: PRO1- 500; PRO2- 600; PRO3- 1,100; PRO4A- 1,000; PRO4B- 500 PRO5- 450; PRO6- 600; PRO7- 700; PRO8- 450; PRO9- 500; PRO10- 600; PRO11- 600; PRO12- 500; PRO13- 300; PRO COR- 300; PRO ARMM- 500; NCRPO- 1,000; PRO18- 300; SAF - 200;     MG- 200; AVSEGROUP - 300.

"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," Casurao 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. 

NAPOLCOM launches 2016 Search for Model PNP Families

May 4, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announced the launching of the 2016 Search for Model Philippine National Police (PNP) Families.

Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said that the Search aims to strengthen and encourage partnership between the community and the police by highlighting the PNP's capability as a leader and partner of the community in the maintenance of peace, order and security for an improved socioeconomic system.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the nationwide Search is intended to help the PNP uniformed personnel induce positive change in the community by serving as role models.

"Moreover, the Search aims to highlight the image of the police as a family man or woman and emphasize the importance of having strong family ties that is consequential to the overall success of preventing crime in the communities,"Casurao added.

The Search is open to all uniformed members of the PNP with legitimate or legally adopted child/children, legally married and living together with his/her spouse for at least five (5) years, and has been in the police service for at least five (5) years at the time of the Search.

For a Muslim nominee with more than one family, all families will be evaluated. The family with the highest rating will be considered.
Candidates may be nominated by members of the local government units (LGUs), nongovernment organizations (NGOs) or fellow police officers who are not related within the 3rd degree of consanguinity and affinity. Nominees from previous years who were not declared winners in the national level may still be nominated.

Nomination forms may be downloaded from the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph or from the PNP website at www.pnp.gov.ph. Deadline of submission of nomination is on May 15, 2016.

Vice-Chairman Casurao stressed that nomination must be based on community services and involvement in their place of residence and NOT on the basis of the police officer's area of assignment.

"Prior to final evaluation and validation, and for purposes of contestability, the names of qualified regional nominees shall be published in the newspapers of general circulation in their respective regions and posted in the NAPOLCOM and PNP websites where the public may give comments/objections on the nominated PNP families," Vice-Chairman Casurao said. 

42,848 to take NAPOLCOM police exams

April 20, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will administer the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance and promotional examinations on April 24, 2016 to a total of 42,848 examinees in designated testing centers nationwide.

Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said that 23,175 will take the PNP entrance exam while 19,673 are distributed to the various promotional test categories.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that a total of 2,487 out of the 23,175 examinees for the PNP entrance test and 3,653 out of the 19,673 police examinees for promotional tests shall take the examination in the National Capital Region (NCR) testing centers, namely, Fort Bonifacio High School, Benigno Aquino High School, Makati High School and Pitogo High School, all in Makati City.

Vice-Chairman Casurao added that this Sunday’s examinations will cover the qualifying examination for Police Officer I and the promotional examinations for Police Officer (for PO2 and PO3); Senior Police Officer (for SPO1 to SPO4); Police Inspector (for Inspector and Senior Inspector); and Police Superintendent (for Chief Inspector and Superintendent).

Examinees are scheduled to proceed to their respective testing centers in the cities of Makati, San Fernando (La Union), Tuguegarao, Angeles (Pampanga), Calamba, Bacoor, Calapan, Legazpi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Pagadian, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Mati (Davao), Koronadal, Baguio, Butuan and Cotabato and the provinces of Palawan, Romblon and Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

“The Commission requires all examinees to strictly observe the dress code in reporting to the examination centers. Applicants for the PNP entrance test should wear plain white T-shirt/polo shirt, dark pants and shoes while those who will take the promotional tests are required to wear GOA Type B (in field cap, no awards/medals, only accoutrements) or the PNP Patrol Shirt. Examinees NOT in the prescribed attire will not be allowed to enter the examination center,” Casurao said.  

Examinees are reminded to bring their notice of admission, pencil no. 2, black ball pen and any valid identification card with picture and signature. They 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.

Director Ramon M. Rañeses, NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Chief, said that 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.

He also warns examinees from committing any form of cheating. Civilian examinees shall be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance exam while police examinees shall be charged with dishonesty and, if found guilty, be meted the penalty of dismissal from the service.

NAPOLCOM approves nationwide activation of Regional Civil Security Units

April 20, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the activation of the PNP Regional Civil Security Units (RCSUs) to expedite the processing of licenses for private security agencies, security guards, and firearms and explosives.

This was announced by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento after the Commission en banc issued Resolution No. 2016-247 which approved the activation of the RCSUs under the PNP Civil Security Group (CSG) in all Police Regional Offices, except in the National Capital Region (NCR).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission approved the activation of the RCSUs-CSG to comply with the provision of Republic Act. No. 6975 (PNP Law) and to provide clients wider access to the services of the PNP.

Under Section 35 (a)(6) of RA 6975, the Civil Security Unit, which is now called the Civil Security Group, shall provide administrative services and general supervision over the organization, business operation and activities of all organized private detectives, watchmen, security guard agencies and company guard forces. The CSG shall likewise supervise the licensing and registration of firearms and explosives.

The same provision further states that the approval of applications for licenses to operate private security agencies as well as the issuance of licenses to security guards and the licensing of firearms and explosives shall be decentralized to the PNP regional offices.

“In line with such provision, the Commission approves the operationalization of the RCSUs-CSG with the sole responsibility of processing said licenses to ensure the prompt release of these licenses to qualified applicants,” Casurao said.

Vice-Chairman Casurao added that each RCSU-CSG shall be composed of the Firearms and Explosives Section (FES) and the Security Agency and Guard Section (SAGS).

PNoy appoints new set of NAPOLCOM Commissioners

April 10, 2016

President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed four (4) new Commissioners of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) who will serve for a term of six (6) years until 2022.

The newly appointed NAPOLCOM Commissioners are Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao, designated as Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer, Retired P/Dir. Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr., Atty. Job M. Mangente and Ms. Zenonida F. Brosas. 

Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Rogelio T. Casurao was on his second term as City Councilor of Calbayog City, Samar prior to his appointment to the Commission. He was the Chairman of the People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) of Calbayog City and the General Legal Counsel of the Philippine Councilors League since 2013. He also served as Vice-President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Samar Chapter. 

Commissioner Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr. was the Undersecretary and Head of the Law Enforcement and Security Integration Office under the Office of the Executive Secretary. He also served as Executive Director of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime, Head of the Interpol National Central Bureau Secretariat, Officer-in-Charge of the ASEAN Senior Official on Transnational Crime-Philippines, and Head of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons, ASEAN Senior Official on Transnational Crime.

Commissioner Job M. Mangente was the Presiding Judge of Branch 54 of the Metropolitan Trial Court, Navotas City. Before he was appointed as MTC Judge, he had a decade long stint as Assistant City Prosecutor of Quezon City. He also served as Assistant Provincial Prosecutor of Albay after nine years of providing free legal service to indigent Filipinos as a Public Attorney at the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) under the Department of Justice.

Commissioner Zenonida F. Brosas was the Deputy Director-General of the National Security Council under the Office of the President and the Executive Director of the Presidential Situation Room. She was responsible for handling the preparation of daily information and intelligence requirements of the President and the National Security Adviser, and for providing the President situational awareness on national security 24/7. She also served as resource person of the Commission on the evaluation of the Integrated Area/Community Public Safety Plans of the local government units all over the country. Commissioner Serapio was appointed on February 11, 2016 while Vice-Chairman Casurao, Commissioner Mangente and Commissioner Brosas were appointed on March 8, 2016.

The NAPOLCOM is currently chaired by DILG Secretary Mel Senen S. Sarmiento with Vice-Chairman Casurao, Commissioner Serapio, Commissioner Mangente and Commissioner Brosas as regular members and PNP Chief PDG Ricardo C. Marquez as ex-officio Commissioner.

NAPOLCOM okays activation of Maritime Special Operations Units

April 8, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the activation of three (3) Special Operations Units (SOUs) under the Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group (MG) in Tawi-Tawi, Puerto Princesa City and Zamboanga to further improve the protection of the country’s territorial waters.

Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said that the 1st SOU-MG has jurisdiction over the maritime areas of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Isabela City; the 2nd SOU-MG has jurisdiction over the maritime areas of Palawan Province; and the 3rd SOU-MG has jurisdiction over the maritime areas of Zamboanga, Maguindanao, and Lantawan, Basilan.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the SOUs of the PNP Maritime Group are mandated to conduct security, anti-terrorism and anti-criminality operations, and enforce maritime and environmental laws in maritime areas in support of the Police Regional Offices. They are also tasked to conduct tactical boat operations and maritime forensic investigations.

The SOUs-MG are likewise authorized to collaborate with other operating units of the PNP and other agencies, namely, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the protection of maritime areas. They are also mandated to perform other tasks for the effective enforcement of special laws as may be directed by the Director, Maritime Group.

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the Commission approved the operationalization of the Special Operations Units of the PNP MG to provide rapid and highly mobile seaborne law enforcement response to secure the country’s navigable waters, ports, ferry terminals and coastal areas against human trafficking, terrorism, piracy, smuggling, poaching and other forms of criminal activities.

“The Maritime Group is one of the operational units of the PNP mandated to perform all police functions over Philippine territorial waters and rivers,” Casurao said.

NAPOLCOM approves special promotion of 2 hero cops

April 8, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) confirmed the special promotion of two (2) members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for demonstrating exceptional bravery at the risk of their lives while performing their sworn duty.

This was announced by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento after the Commission en banc issued Resolution No. 2016-165 approving the special (posthumous) promotion of PO1 Rodelin A. Gonzaga and Resolution No. 2016-186 approving the special promotion of PO1 Christian O. Santos.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that PO1 Rodelin Gonzaga was posthumously promoted to PO2 in recognition of his heroic act during the conduct of search and rescue operations at Bayawan City, Negros Oriental on October 6, 2013 where several areas were under floodwater due to continuous torrential rains leaving many villages isolated and villagers trapped on rooftops. The rescue operation was already on its third phase and the floodwater was at its highest level and at its most dangerous condition. PO1 Gonzaga, the lead man, attempted to cross the river for the third time but he accidentally lost grip of the rope and was carried away by the strong current. His lifeless body was discovered the following day along the shoreline of Sitio Pacifica, Brgy. Caranoche, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.

Also promoted to the next higher rank of PO2 was PO1 Christian Santos for single-handedly fighting off two (2) armed suspects in a robbery/hold-up incident that transpired aboard a Baclaran Metro Link airconditioned bus while traversing EDSA-Kilyawan in front of Phil-Am Homes, Brgy. Pag-asa, Quezon City on February 2, 2014 at about 12:20 a.m.. PO1 Santos fired upon one of the suspects when he was about to assault a resisting passenger. The suspects hurriedly alighted from the bus but the suspect who was shot by PO1 Santos fell to the ground and died on the spot while the other suspect managed to escape.

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the grant of special promotion is specifically provided under Section 38 (b) of RA 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of RA 8551, which provides that 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.

PNoy appoints new NAPOLCOM Commissioner

March 8, 2016

President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed Retired Police Director Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr. as Commissioner of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), representing the law enforcement sector, for a term of six (6) years.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said that the President signed on February 11, 2016 the appointment of Commissioner Serapio to replace former Commissioner Luisito T. Palmera whose term of office ended on January 7, 2016.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that prior to his appointment as NAPOLCOM Commissioner, Serapio was the Undersecretary and Head of the Law Enforcement and Security Integration Office under the Office of the Executive Secretary. He was also the Executive Director of the Philippine Center on Transnational Crime.

Commissioner Serapio also served as Head of the Interpol National Central Bureau Secretariat, Officer-in-Charge of the ASEAN Senior Official on Transnational Crime-Philippines, and Head of the Working Group on Trafficking in Persons, ASEAN Senior Official on Transnational Crime.

Commissioner Serapio retired from the police service in June 2010 where he held various key positions, such as Head of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Western Mindanao, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 12, and Director of the Special Action Force.

Serapio was known in the PNP as a crisis manager. He was a graduate of the RP-UK Crisis Management Assistance Program (CMAP) and various crisis management courses held in the United States of America, United Kingdom and Thailand. He shared his expertise by serving as resource person in CMAP trainings conducted by the PNP.

He was also known as the “Father of Police Intervention Training” as he was among the few who introduced it in the PNP.

At present, the NAPOLCOM is chaired by Secretary Sarmiento with Vice-Chairman Escueta, Commissioner Alejandro S. Urro, Commissioner Constancia P. De Guzman and Commissioner Serapio as regular members and PNP Chief PDG Ricardo C. Marquez as ex-officio Commissioner.

“The NAPOLCOM welcomes the well-deserved appointment of Commissioner Serapio. His vast experience in law enforcement and participation as resource person in international law enforcement integration and cooperation will definitely be an asset to the Commission,” Vice-Chairman Escueta said.

18.01% hurdles PNP entrance exam; 42.58% in promotional tests

February 23, 2016

A total of 2,600 or 18.01% out of the 14,439 examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance exam conducted nationwide by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on October 25, 2015.

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 and promotional examinations.

In the promotional exams, only 8,259 or 42.58% out of the 19,397 police examinees passed. The passing percentage rates per exam category are as follows: for Police Officer Exam, 41.65% (3,390 of 8,140 examinees); for Senior Police Officer Exam, 46.94% (4,719 of 10,054 examinees); for Inspector Exam, 5.88% (56 of 952 examinees); and for Superintendent Exam, 37.45% (94 of 251 examinees).

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the 42.57% passing rate in the promotional exams is 8.59% lower than the 51.16% passing rate in the previous promotional exams (April 26, 2015).

“The low passing rate in the promotional exams may be attributed to the Commission’s continuous upgrading of standards on its police examinations in line with its sustained effort to professionalize the PNP by ensuring that only the best and most qualified individuals are promoted in the police service,” Vice-Chairman Escueta said.

The list of successful examinees is now posted at the 7th floor, NAPOLCOM central office located at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, NAPOLCOM Bldg., EDSA Corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City and at all 18 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices, and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Individual report of rating will be mailed to all examinees. Verification of test results is being entertained at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide.

NAPOLCOM exempts 319 cops from college degree requirement

February 21, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) disclosed that 319 police officers will no longer be attrited or terminated from the service due to non-promotion after they were granted exemption from obtaining a college degree as requirement for permanency in their ranks.

This was announced by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento after the Commission issued four (4) separate Resolutions containing the names of the 319 Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs) whose ranks range from Police Officer 1 (PO1) to Senior Police Officer 3 (SPO3).

The grant of exemption to these police officers is pursuant to Section 1(j) of R.A. 9708 which specifically provides that PNP members who have rendered more than 15 years of service and who have exhibited exemplary performance, as determined by the Commission, shall no longer be required to comply with the minimum educational requirement which is a formal baccalaureate degree.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that based on the inventory conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP), there are 1,852 PNCOs who have yet to obtain their baccalaureate degree but have rendered more than 15 years of cumulative service upon the effectivity of Republic Act No. 9708 on August 11, 2009.

Exemplary performance in the police service refers to the average adjectival rating of at least “Very Satisfactory,” or its numerical equivalent, of a police officer in his/her Performance Evaluation Rating for a period of two (2) years prior to the effectivity of R.A. 9708 on August 11, 2009 as provided for under R.A. 9708 Implementing Rules and Regulations.

Vice-Chairman Escueta explained that PNP members who have been granted this exemption are not qualified for promotion to the next higher rank unless they meet the other requirements. They are required to comply with the other requirements for promotion within the reasonable time as prescribed by the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management.

“The Commission continues to evaluate the documents submitted by the remaining 1,533 PNCOs to determine if they satisfy the requirements to be granted said exemption,” Escueta added.

NAPOLCOM recommends to PNoy the promotion of 7 Chief Superintendents and 8 Senior Superintendents

February 9, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion of seven (7) Police Senior Superintendents to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General in the military) and eight (8) Police Superintendents to Police Senior Superintendent (equivalent to Colonel).

The NAPOLCOM en banc headed by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento endorsed to the Office of the President 15 separate resolutions recommending the promotion to the next higher rank of 15 senior officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission recommended to President Aquino the promotion to Police Chief Superintendent of PSSupt. Oscar Albayalde, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Plans; PSSupt. Ronald Dela Rosa, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development; PSSupt. Sheldon Jacaban, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration (DRDA), Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 ; PSSupt. Roel Obusan, Acting Director, Legal Service; PSSupt. Edwin Roque, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Research and Development; PSSupt. Valfrie Tabian, Acting DRDA, PRO 18; and PSSupt. Antonio Taylan, Jr., Acting DRDA, PRO 12.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the Commission approved and recommended to the President the promotion to one-star rank of the seven (7) Police Senior Superintendents since they have been occupying positions that call for the rank of Police Chief Superintendent.

The NAPOLCOM also recommended the promotion to Police Senior Superintendent of eight (8) Police Superintendents, as follows: PSupt. Ronnie Francis Cariaga, Acting Chief, Regional Operations and Plans Division (ROPD), PRO 10; PSupt. Jaysen De Guzman, Acting Battalion Commander, Regional Public Safety Battalion, PRO1; PSupt. Lou Evangelista, Acting Chief, Regional Logistics Division (RLD), PRO 4B; PSupt. Jeffrey Fernandez, Acting Chief, RLD, PRO 5; PSupt. Bowenn Joey Masauding, Acting Chief, Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Division, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group; PSupt. William Segun, Acting Chief, Administrative and Resource Management Division, Civil Security Group; PSupt. Harold Tuzon, Acting Chief, ROPD, PRO 6; and PSupt. Orlando Yebra, Jr., Acting Chief, Information, Education and Family Liaison Division, PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Aquino their promotion after the Chief, PNP Police Director General Ricardo C. Marquez recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

NAPOLCOM confers PNP Medals on 6 cops in Mamasapano operation

February 2, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) conferred the Medalya ng Kabayanihan and Medalya ng Katapatan sa Paglilingkod on six (6) members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) for their meritorious performance in a police operation in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.

This was announced by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento after the Commission en banc issued on January 8, 2016 Resolution Nos. 2016-022 and 2016-023.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the conferment of the PNP Distinguished Conduct Medal (Medalya ng Kabayanihan) on four (4) SAF survivors, namely, PO3 Solomon A. Agayso, PO3 Jovalyn D. Lozano, PO3 Jose S. Mana-ar, Jr. and PO2 Clifford P. Agayyong was approved in recognition of their conspicuous courage and gallantry in action at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty as members of the PNP SAF that served the warrants of arrest against Zulkifli Bin Hir a.k.a. Marwan and Basit Usman.

“The Commission has already confirmed their one-rank special promotion, together with the other 25 SAF survivors, on July 29, 2015,” Escueta said.

The PNP Distinguished Service Medal (Medalya ng Katapatan sa Paglilingkod) was conferred on PSSupt. Fernando H. Mendez, Jr. and PSSupt. Edgar S. Monsalve for exhibiting exceptional performance of major responsibility as case supervisor/agent supervisor and case officer/agent handler, respectively, of the case operation “ASAMA.”

They were responsible for the intelligence package developed through this case operation which resulted in the successful neutralization of Zulkifli Bin Hir a.k.a. Marwan by the PNP SAF troopers. Evidently, Marwan is the most wanted terrorist personality in the Philippines and Southeast Asia with US$5 Million reward in the Rewards for Justice Program, United States Department of State and ₱7.4 Million in the DND-DILG Joint Order Number 15-2012.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the qualified children of awardees of PNP Distinguished Conduct Medal (Medalya ng Kabayanihan) shall also be granted educational scholarship under the Reward Education Assistance Program (REAP) of the PNP.

Awardees of PNP Distinguished Service Medal (Medalya ng Katapatan sa Paglilingkod) are entitled to five (5) days leave credits which is separate and distinct from the leave credits granted under Civil Service rules and regulations.

“While the NAPOLCOM remains committed in cleansing the PNP of misbehaving police officers, we also continue to recognize the bravery and heroism of our police officers by granting them well-deserved awards and incentives,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM reshuffles key officials

January 15, 2016

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

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the reassignment took effect on January 7, 2016 after the affected officials cleared themselves of money and property accountability and wound up their official business in their respective previous offices.

The NAPOLCOM central office revamp includes NAPOLCOM-Region 4A Director Benjamin DA Florentino who assumed the post of Planning and Research Service (PRS) Staff Service Chief replacing Director Joseph D. Gonzalo who was designated as Regional Director of NAPOLCOM-Region 10.

NAPOLCOM-Region 10 Director Ramon M. Rañeses now serves as Staff Service Chief of the Personnel and Administrative Service (PAS) replacing Director Josephmar B. Gil who now heads NAPOLCOM-Region 5.

The Legal Affairs Service (LAS) is now at the helm of Acting Staff Service Chief Ferdaussi B. Masnar, former NAPOLCOM-NCR Acting Regional Director, while the Crime Prevention and Coordination Service (CPCS) is now headed by Acting Staff Service Chief Donna Lyn A. Caparas who replaced Director Myrna DP Medina, the designated Acting Deputy Executive Officer and concurrent Head of the Office for Strategy Management (OSM).

Affected by the revamp at the regional offices are former NAPOLCOM-Region 5 Director Rodolfo G. Santos, Jr. who was transferred to NAPOLCOM-Region 3 replacing Director Manuel L. Pontanal who now serves as NAPOLCOM-NCR Regional Director. NAPOLCOM-Region 11 Director Angelito R. Ravanera was reassigned to NAPOLCOM-Region 4A, NAPOLCOM-CARAGA Director Remeneo D. Valenzuela to NAPOLCOM-Region 11, and NAPOLCOM-ARMM Director Joseph S. Celis to the newly created NAPOLCOM-Negros Island Region.

NAPOLCOM-Region 7 Attorney V Maximo T. Lasaca and NAPOLCOM-Region 4A Assistant Regional Director Editha S. Puddoc were designated as Regional Director of NAPOLCOM-CARAGA and NAPOLCOM-CAR, respectively.

Atty. Esmael A. Panda, former Assistant Regional Director of NAPOLCOM-ARMM, was designated as the Acting Regional Director of the said regional office.

Retained in their current position as Staff Service Chief in the central office are Director Reynato R. Alberto, Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service (IMIS); Director Conrado L. Sumanga, Jr., Installations and Logistics Service (ILS); and Director Aileen T. Arcin, Financial Service (FS).

Also retained in their current designation as Regional Director are Dir. Evangeline R. Almirante, Region 1; Dir. Danilo N. Pacunana, Region 2; Dir. Owen G. De Luna, Region 4B; Dir. Marte S. Palomar, Region 6; Dir. Homer Mariano C. Cabaral, Region 7; Dir. Restituto Danilo N. Rosillo, Region 8; Dir. Pablito M. Abad, Jr., Region 9; and Dir. Veronica C. Hatague, Region 12.

“The reshuffling of our Directors will hopefully make an impact in the Commission’s continuing commitment to promote the welfare and professionalization of our clientele, the Philippine National Police ( PNP ), improve police discipline and integrity, and enhance public service delivery,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM recommends 2 SAF troopers for Medalya ng Kagitingan; confers Medalya ng Kabayanihan to 43 others

January 13, 2016

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has recommended the conferment of the Philippine National Police (PNP) highest award on two (2) of the 45 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers who figured in a police operation in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.

Recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III for the conferment of the PNP Medal of Valor–Posthumous (Medalya ng Kagitingan) were PCINSP Gednat G. Tabdi and PO2 Romeo C. Cempron for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty.

Conferred the PNP Distinguished Conduct Medal or Medalya ng Kabayanihan (posthumous) were the 42 SAF troopers. The same medal was also conferred on PSUPT Raymund A. Train who served as the team leader of OPLAN EXODUS that served the warrants of arrest against Zulkifli Bin Hir a.k.a. Marwan and Basit Usman.

This was announced by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento after the Commission en banc issued on November 25, 2015 three (3) resolutions: No. 2015-600, No. 2015-599, and No. 2015-60.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that PCINSP Tabdi was the team leader of Team 1 of the Main Effort 1, 84th Special Action Company during the implementation of OPLAN EXODUS and served as the navigator and point man in piercing and cutting through the enemy envelopments that led him and the operating teams out of annihilation. Although wounded, weakened and dehydrated in the daylong firefights, he prepared and led his troops for the showdown against the overwhelming odds that marked his gallant stand as a SAF trooper. His leadership, courage and gallantry had inspired the troopers to hack it out with the overwhelming enemy to accomplish the mission.

PO2 Cempron, on the other hand, served as the lead gunner of the Main Effort 2, 55th Special Action Company and secured the arresting teams of Marwan and Usman. While his team of 36 SAF commandos was being bombarded by the enemies in the cornfields of Sitio Tukanalipao, and without proper cover, PO2 Cempron bravely fought and made his last stand until he ran out of ammunition. He fought and stood his ground at the battlefield for five (5) hours knowing full well that the SAF was already outnumbered and with only a few of the team members surviving. At the last moment of his life, when escape could be possible, PO2 Cempron decided, instead, to help facilitate the escape of PO2 Christopher I. Lalan by using his body as a diversion for snipers so that the latter can run away from the enemies.

“The NAPOLCOM takes cognizance of the outstanding accomplishments of these SAF troopers. These heroes will always be remembered and their sacrifice will never be forgotten. The SAF 44 did not die in vain, but showed the highest form of sacrifice for our safety and for our country,” Escueta said.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the qualified children of awardees of PNP Medal of Valor and PNP Distinguished Conduct Medal shall be granted educational scholarship under the Reward Education Assistance Program (REAP) of the PNP.

Medal of Valor awardees are likewise entitled to several incentives and special privileges under Republic Act No. 9049 (An Act Granting Monthly Gratuity and Privileges to an Awardee of Medal of Valor). Awardees are entitled to a lifetime monthly pension of twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00). In the event of death of the awardee, the same shall accrue in equal shares and with the right of accretion to the surviving spouse until she remarries and to the legitimate, adopted or illegitimate children until they reach the age of 18 or until they marry, whichever comes earlier. Among the benefits already received by the 44 SAF troopers from the NAPOLCOM were one-rank posthumous promotion, gratuity and pension for their families, and NAPOLCOM scholarship grant for their children.