NAPOLCOM okays activation of FOI Section in PNP
April 24, 2018
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently approved the activation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Section under the Public Information Division (PID) of the PNP Directorate for Police-Community Relations (DPCR) to promote transparency of information.
This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao following the issuance of Resolution No. 2018-182, dated April 17, 2018, approving the creation of an additional section under the PID-DPCR which shall be the primary repository of requests for access to information.
“The creation of the FOI Section is geared towards further enhancing the PNP’s capability and efficiency in performing its mandated functions in line with the government’s Freedom of Information Program as provided for under Executive Order No. 02. It also serves as the primary medium for promoting transparency and open exchange of information from the PNP organization to the public,” Atty. Casurao said.
The NAPOLCOM resolution also provides for the creation of the Regional FOI Sections under the Regional Police-Community Relations Divisions of the Police Regional Offices and the FOI Desks under the PNP territorial units which shall be responsible for handling, receiving, evaluating, processing, dispatching and monitoring actions and responses to all requests for access to PNP-related information within their respective areas of responsibility.
The FOI Section of the PID-DPCR and all FOI Sections/Desks nationwide shall be initially manned by 2,157 uniformed personnel composed of 124 Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) and 2,033 Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs). A copy of the resolution has been submitted to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to serve as basis for the provision of supplemental budget for the recruitment of 2,033 Non-Uniformed Personnel (NUP) who shall replace the PNCO complement.
Barely a month into his presidency, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed Executive Order No. 02 on July 23, 2016 which operationalizes in the Executive Branch the people’s constitutional right to information and the state policies to full public disclosure and transparency in the public service.
46,576 to take NAPOLCOM police exams
April 20, 2018
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will conduct the first Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance and promotional examinations for the 2018 calendar year to a total of 46,576 on April 22 in designated testing centers nationwide.
NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that 31,385 will take the PNP entrance exam while 15,191 are distributed to the various promotional test categories.
A total of 2,977 of the 31,385 examinees for the PNP entrance test and 2,575 of the 15,191 police examinees for promotional tests shall take the PNP exams in the National Capital Region (NCR) testing centers, namely, Makati High School, Pitogo High School, Benigno Aquino High School, Fort Bonifacio High School 1 and 2 and Tibagan High School, all in Makati City.
Vice-Chairman Casurao added that this Sunday’s examinations will cover the qualifying examination for Police Officer 1 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), Cabuyao, San Pablo, Calapan, Legazpi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Calbayog, Pagadian, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Koronadal, Baguio, Butuan, and Cotabato, and in the provinces of Romblon, Occidental Mindoro and Palawan.
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.
Examinees should 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.
March 12, 2018
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently approved the restructuring and strengthening of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the PNP Mobile Forces (PMF) to increase police visibility and ensure maximum efficiency in meeting the challenges of the times.
This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao following the issuance of Resolution No. 2018-114, dated February 28, 2018, approving the creation of two (2) additional divisions under the NCRPO on top of its current seven (7) Regional Staff Divisions.
The Regional Learning and Doctrine Development Division shall handle the training needs of NCRPO personnel and the monitoring of the implementation and application of PNP doctrines, while the Regional Plans and Strategy Management Division is in compliance with the requirements of the PNP Performance Governance System (PGS) and other strategic programs.
Said NAPOLCOM Resolution also provides for the renaming of the NCRPO Public Safety Battalion to NCRPO Mobile Force Battalion and the strengthening of its personnel complement that would result in increased police visibility with the dispersal of its personnel to the different police stations in Metro Manila.
The renaming of the NCRPO Regional Police-Community Relations Division to NCRPO Regional Community Affairs and Development Division, on the other hand, is in line with the PNP’s mandate as a community and service-oriented agency which focuses on community affairs and development.
On March 6, 2018, the NAPOLCOM also approved Resolution No. 2018-119 amending the nomenclatures of the PNP Public Safety Forces to PNP Mobile Forces and further rationalizing the distribution of PMF to ensure maximum economy and efficiency in terms of manpower and equipment.
”The strengthening of the NCRPO and the PMF is geared towards further enhancing the PNP’s capability and efficiency in performing its mandated functions in line with the provisions of Executive Order No. 546, series 2006, which require the police to actively support the Armed Forces of the Philippines in internal security operations for the suppression of insurgency and other serious threats to national security,” Atty. Casurao said.
February 27, 2018
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently approved the filling up of 1,491 promotional vacancies exclusively for the police officers who passed the NAPOLCOM special promotional examination conducted last July 30, 2017.
NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission en banc approved Resolution No. 2018-026, dated February 2, 2018, granting the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Police Director General Ronald M. Dela Rosa, the authority to fill up said promotional vacancies.
“The special quota promotion is intended exclusively for the 1,491 PNP uniformed personnel who passed the NAPOLCOM special promotional examination conducted last year,” Atty. Casurao said.
The special examination was administered for the purpose of giving the 2,695 police officers who are about to be attrited due to non-promotion the chance to be promoted by acquiring the appropriate eligibility. This number represents those who were not promoted for at least nine (9) years as of December 31, 2017.
Vice-Chairman Casurao said that out of the 1,497 passers, only 1,491 shall be promoted since the six passers have either retired (4) or passed away (1), while the other one shall be promoted under the 3rd Level Promotion Program.
The 1,491 police officers who shall undergo the special quota promotion process are distributed by rank, as follows: for Police Chief Inspector (3); for Police Senior Inspector (1); for SPO4 (8); for SPO3 (2); for SPO2 (3); for SPO1 (20); for PO3 (390); for PO2 (119); and for PO1 (945).
“The Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Members of the PNP Promotion Board, including the Head and Members of the Secretariat, who shall fail to strictly observe and comply with the rules and regulations on the selection and appointment of PNP uniformed personnel shall be dealt with accordingly,” Atty. Casurao said.
February 21, 2018
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently approved the creation of five (5) additional Special Action Battalions (SABs) under the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
This is in compliance with the recent directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to beef up and enhance the operational capability of the PNP SAF in curbing criminality and terrorism.
NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission approved the strengthening of the PNP SAF under Resolution No. 2018-027, dated February 2, 2018, based on the recommendation of the PNP for the activation of five (5) additional battalions on top of the existing seven (7) SABs.
“After a review of the PNP’s proposal, the Commission approved the creation of five (5) additional SABs in order to effectively carry out the mandate of the PNP to actively support the Armed Forces of the Philippines in internal security operations for the suppression of insurgency and other serious threats to national security pursuant to Executive Order No. 546, series 2006,” Casurao said.
The Special Action Battalions are tasked to conduct long-range reconnaissance/surveillance operations deep into enemy territories through infiltration and extrication by air, land or sea. They are also mandated to provide support to other PNP units in their efforts to fight against syndicated crime groups.
On the same day, the NAPOLCOM en banc also issued Resolution No. 2018-025 approving the restructuring of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in order to achieve a highly organized investigative unit of the PNP. The Commission likewise approved the renaming of the Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Units (RCIDUs) to CIDG Regional Field Units (CIDG RFUs).
The PNP CIDG is mandated to undertake monitoring, investigation and prosecution of all crimes involving economic sabotage, and other crimes of such magnitude and extent as to indicate their commission by highly placed and professional syndicates and organizations.
February 19, 2018
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has authorized its Regional Directors, Acting Regional Directors and Staff Service Chief of the Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service (IMIS) to approve Pre-Charge Investigation Reports (PCIRs) and the corresponding Formal Charge 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 following the issuance of Resolution No. 2018-010, dated January 11, 2018, revising certain provisions of Memorandum Circular No. 2016-002 particularly the forwarding by the NAPOLCOM Regional Offices of PCIRs, which recommend either the conduct of summary dismissal proceedings or the dismissal of complaints, to the Central Office for approval of the Commission en banc.
Vice-Chairman Casurao said that there is a need to change this practice in order to effectively discharge the NAPOLCOM’s summary dismissal power over the police and in compliance with the present directive of the President to streamline and expedite the mechanisms relative to the discipline of the PNP.
To further expedite the resolution of administrative complaints and cases against erring police officers filed with the Commission, the NAPOLCOM Regional Directors, Acting Regional Directors and Staff Service Chief of IMIS are authorized to approve Initial Evaluation Reports recommending the dismissal of complaints for lack of jurisdiction or referral to the appropriate disciplinary authority or grievance committee.
The aforementioned officials are also empowered to approve PCIRs that recommend the conduct of summary dismissal proceedings upon the finding of probable cause. They can likewise approve PCIRs that recommend the dropping and closing of administrative complaints, in the absence of probable cause, for confirmation by the NAPOLCOM en banc.
The said officials are also sanctioned to sign the Formal Charge and file the corresponding administrative case to be docketed before the Regional Office having territorial jurisdiction over the offense committed, or before the Central Office.
Vice-Chairman Casurao stressed that this Resolution shall have a retroactive application to the PCIRs that were submitted to the Commission en banc upon the issuance of NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 2016-002 which took effect on June 15, 2016.
“The NAPOLCOM is resolved to strengthen its disciplinary functions in order to better serve the ends of justice and to ensure public accountability and utmost discipline in the police service,” Atty. Casurao said.
February 11, 2018
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will award plaques of recognition and cash reward to the winners of the Search for 2017 Model Philippine National Police (PNP) Families.
Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo M. Año will be joined by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao and Commissioners Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr., Zenonida F. Brosas, Job M. Mangente and PNP Chief Ronald M. Dela Rosa in awarding the winners. Ranking of winners will be announced during the Flag Raising Ceremony at the PNP National Headquarters, Camp Crame, Quezon City on February 12, 2018.
The finalists for the 2017 Model PNP Families are: PSINSP. Marvin C. Cajegas and Family (Iligan City Police Station 4, Iligan City); PSINSP. Annie A. Decano and Family (Palauig Municipal Station, Zambales); PINSP Danielo P. Jacosalem and Family (Compostela Municipal Police Station, Compostela Valley); SPO3 Edgardo A. Figuracion II and Family (Regional Health Service 9, Zamboanga Del Sur); and SPO4 Dennis A. Juan and Family (Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office, Laoag City).
Aside from the plaque of recognition, they will also receive cash awards: P150,000.00 for the grand winner; P120,000.00 for the 1st runner up; P100,000.00 for the 2nd runner up; and P15,000.00 each for the 3rd and 4th runners up.
“The cash award for the winners of the 2017 Model PNP Families was sponsored by the DILG, Foundation for Crime Prevention, Inc. (FCP), Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) and Globe Telecom,” Atty. Casurao said.
The nationwide Search, which is now on its 5th year, 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. It also intends to help the PNP uniformed personnel induce positive change in the community by serving as role models.
Vice-Chairman Casurao stressed that nomination was based on community services and involvement in their place of residence and area of assignment.
“Prior to final evaluation and validation, and for purposes of contestability, the names of qualified regional nominees were 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.
February 5, 2018
P/Supt. Warren E. Dablo, a Registered Nurse, landed at the top place among the 100 senior police officials who passed both the written and validation interview phases of the 2017 Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) examination administered by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) for the third level ranks in the Philippine National Police (PNP).
This was revealed by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao as he announced the 11th PESE Conferment Rites on February 9 which will be held at the Jesse M. Robredo Hall, DILG-NAPOLCOM Center in Quezon City, with DILG Undersecretary and Officer-in-Charge Eduardo M. Año as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.
P/Supt. Dablo is the Assistant Regional Chief, Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Region 11, Davao City. Aside from being a Registered Nurse, he also has a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is also a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in his 15 years of dedicated police service.
Other PNP officials who made it to the top five are: P/Supt. Julius C. Suriben, assigned at the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit, Directorate for Personnel and Records Management, PNP NHQ (Top 2); P/Chief Insp. Benjamin D. Balais, Administrative Officer, Office of the Director, Intelligence Group, PRO 4A (Top 3); P/Chief Insp. Grace J. De Castro, Action Officer, Police Community Relations Branch (PCRB), Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office (PPO) (Top 4); and P/Chief Insp. Janette P. Rafter, Acting Chief, PCRB, Cebu PPO (Top 5).
“The 100 passers represent 19.88% of the 503 police officials who underwent the validation interview on December 16-17, 2017. This is the lowest passing percentage rate since the NAPOLCOM started administering the PESE examination in 2006,” Atty. Casurao said. He added that the conferees consist of 50 Police Superintendents and 50 Police Chief Inspectors.
The PESE which has two (2) phases, the written exam and the panel interview, is an eligibility requirement for the ranks of Police Senior Superintendent, Police Chief Superintendent, Police Director, Police Deputy Director General and Police Director General.
The PESE tests contain analytical questions on police leadership and police values designed to select the best future leaders in the police service.
The complete list of PESE conferees can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.
January 29, 2018
A total of 419 or 33.44% of the 1,253 police examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) promotional examinations for Inspector and Superintendent categories conducted nationwide by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) last October 22, 2017.
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 Inspector and Superintendent examinations.
The passing percentage rate for the Inspector Exam is 35.81% (376 of 1,050 examinees) while for the Superintendent Exam is 21.18% (43 of 203 examinees).
Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the 33.44% passing rate in the promotional exams is 6.41% lower than the 39.85% passing rate in the previous promotional exams in the same category (April 23, 2017).
Vice-Chairman Casurao said that 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 most qualified PNP personnel are promoted in the police service.
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 in all 17 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.
The Commission earlier released on January 15, 2018 the list of successful examinees in the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations (Police Officer and Senior Police Officer categories).
January 23, 2018
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) clarifies that the removal of the height requirement is only for the purpose of taking the PNP Entrance Examination, and not for PNP Recruitment purposes.
The requirements for taking the PNP Entrance Examination are distinct and separate from the general qualifications required in the recruitment of qualified applicants for Police Officer 1 (PO1) which include the height requirement of at least 1.62 meters for male and 1.57 meters for female.
The NAPOLCOM emphasizes that taking and passing the PNP Entrance Examination is not a guarantee for automatic entry into the police force. Only those who possess the general qualifications specified under Section 14 of Republic Act No. 8551 are qualified for appointment as member of the PNP.
To set the record straight, the Commission reiterates that the removal of height limit applies to examination purposes only, and not to police recruitment as reported by some media entities.
Height requirement is still included in the set of basic qualifications of the PNP that must be complied with by qualified applicants who aspire to become police officers.
January 19, 2018
Starting with the April 22, 2018 police examinations, there shall be no height requirement for the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance exam applicants as long as they are bachelor’s degree holder and not more than 30 years old.
This was revealed by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao as the Commission announced the activation of the On-Line Examination Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) in the websiteswww.napolcom.gov.ph or www.napolcom-oleass.com for the nationwide conduct of the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations.
The online application schedule is on January 29 – February 2 for PNP Entrance exam; February 5-9 for Police Officer (PO) exam; and February 12-16 for Senior Police Officer (SPO), Inspector (INSP) and Superintendent (SUPT) exams.
The OLEASS shall be opened at 12:00 NN onwards on January 29 for the Entrance exam, February 5 for the PO exam and February 12 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.
“To expedite the processing of exam applications, the NAPOLCOM shall start implementing the enhanced OLEASS which now has features for on-line filling up, submission and printing out of an electronic exam application form,” Atty. Casurao said.
Applicants with confirmed schedule shall be sent an auto-generated email informing them to access the on-link and enter all the required information in the application form. Only applicants with printed confirmation letter and filled-out electronic exam application form shall be entertained at the NAPOLCOM Regional Offices during their scheduled appointment date. The period of filing of application is from February 19 to March 19, 2018.
The OLEASS allows entrance exam applicants to choose the examination center where they want to take the exam regardless of their place of residence. But for the promotional exam applicants, the examination center is automatically assigned by the computer system based on the home address or unit/assignment address provided by the police applicants.
“These innovations in the administration of the NAPOLCOM examinations is intended to streamline existing procedures geared towards fostering a more client-friendly frontline service delivery environment,” Atty. Casurao said.
The PNP Entrance Examination is open to all Filipino citizens who are not more than 30 years old and bachelor’s degree holder. Police Officers I (PO1) whose appointments are temporary for lack of appropriate eligibility are also required to take said entrance exam.
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.
Civilian applicants must bring the printed confirmation letter and electronic application form; 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 and
diploma; and birth certificate in security paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or certified true copy of the birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by the PSA. 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.
Examination fee is P400 for the PNP Entrance and Police Officer exams; P450 for Senior Police Officer exam; P500 for Police Inspector exam; and P600 for Police Superintendent exam.
January 15, 2018
A total of 5,236 or 18.27% out of the 28,654 examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance Exam conducted by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on October 22, 2017 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 5,196 who took the PO Exam, 2,545 (48.98%) passed while 2,427 (34.45%) out of the 7,045 examinees hurdled the SPO Exam. The results of the Police Inspector and Police Superintendent exam categories shall be released soon.
“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 is being entertained at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide.