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May 19, 2021

NAPOLCOM approves recruitment of 17,314 new cops

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the recruitment of 17,314 Patrolmen and Patrolwomen to replenish personnel losses, increase personnel strength, enhance police visibility, and improve police-to-population ratio and peace and order condition in the operational areas covered by the respective Police Regional Offices (PROs) and National Support Units (NSUs).

The NAPOLCOM En Banc, headed by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Eduardo M. Año, issued Resolution No. 2021-0475, dated April 27, 2021, approving the CY 2021 Regular and Attrition Recruitment Program of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Vitaliano N. Aguirre II said that the 1,000 regular recruitment quota shall be allotted to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in the 1st recruitment cycle to improve the police-to-population ratio in the region, address personnel losses due to localization program, and satisfy the personnel requirement of the Office.

“The 16,314 attrition recruitment quota, on the other hand, is intended to replace uniformed personnel losses due to separation from the service (retirement, designation, death, dismissal from the service, absence without leave),” Aguirre said.

The attrition recruitment quota for the PROs for the 1st and 2nd cycles shall be distributed, as follows: PRO1- 350; PRO2- 400; PRO3- 750; PRO4A- 750; PRO4B- 450; PRO5- 850; PRO6- 100; PRO7- 650; PRO8- 1,200; PRO9- 100; PRO10- 150; PRO11- 100; PRO12- 100; PRO13- 100; PRO COR- 100; PRO BAR- 1,700; and, NCRPO- 5,000;

For the NSUs, following is the allotment of the attrition recruitment quota for the 1st and 2nd cycles: Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG)- 200; Communications and Electronics Service (CES)- 350; Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)- 200; Crime Laboratory (CL)- 500; Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Canine Group (EOD/K9) - 100; Health Service (HS)- 500; Headquarters Support Service (HSS)- 150; Intelligence Group (IG)- 100; Legal Service (LS)- 100; Maritime Group (MG)- 1,000; National Police Training Institute (NPTI)- 250; PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PNP DEG)- 514; PNP Retirement and Benefits Administration Service (PRBS)- 100; Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG)- 150; Special Action Force (SAF)- 100; and PNP Training Service (PNPTS)- 150.

Vice Chairman Aguirre said that Chiefs of PNP Offices/Units and members of the Screening and Selection Committee, including the head and members of the Secretariat, are required to strictly follow the existing rules and regulations on the recruitment, selection and appointment of Patrolman and Patrolwoman as well as the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Omnibus Guidelines in the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines; otherwise, they would be subjected to administrative sanctions.

NAPOLCOM announces schedule and guidelines on the conduct of police exams for CY 2021

May 18, 2021

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announced the schedule for the nationwide conduct of the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations, including the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) Written Examination, following the clearance/letter-reply, dated February 22, 2021, from the Office of the Health Secretary.

NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Vitaliano N. Aguirre II said that the conduct of the police examinations will be on July 31 and October 23, 2021 for the PNP Entrance Examination; August 1 and October 24, 2021 for the PNP Promotional Examination; and September 12, 2021 for the PESE Written Examination to be conducted in NCR, Cebu City and Davao City.

If the condition so warrants, the Regional Offices shall prioritize the processing of applications of those processed PNP Entrance examinees of the April 26, 2020 PNP Entrance Examination who did not avail of the Computer-Assisted Examination (NAPOLCOM CAEx); those processed PNP Promotional examinees of the April 26, 2020 PNP Promotional Examination; those applicants who were able to register in the On-Line Examination Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) for the April 26, 2020 PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations but were not processed; and those in the waitlist for the April 26, 2020 PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations.

All examinees and examination personnel shall enforce the following health standard measures: 1) Only 15 examinees per room will be accommodated (to ensure proper social distancing) and chairs must be arranged at least one (1) meter apart; 2) Examinees shall be restricted to their assigned seat; 3) Bringing of 70% isopropyl or ethyl alcohol for hand sanitation; 4) Wearing of face masks and face shields at all times; 5) All examinees shall submit the duly accomplished Health Declaration Form (to be provided by the Regional Office at the entrance gate or thru online using the QR Code of NAPOLCOM Telehealth) and Medical Certificate issued by a licensed government physician from the Municipal/City/Provincial Health Office, or other government health monitoring center/office where the examinees reside, at the designated area for the medical team. It must clearly state that he/she is COVID-19 free. Said Medical Certificate must be issued within 72 hours before the examination day (medical certificate issued by private health institution shall not be accepted); 6) Examinees shall bring their own pens, pencils and erasers; 7) Borrowing of pens, pencils and erasers from seatmates is not allowed to prevent contamination; 8) Unnecessary chatting and loitering is prohibited anywhere within the premises of the testing center; 9) In the handling, distribution and retrieval of examination materials, disposable gloves must be used; and 10) Eating is not allowed inside the examination room.

To prevent congestion in the queue during the examination day and for documentation of examinees, gate of Testing Centers may be opened as early as 6:00 AM. Physical distancing (at least 1 meter apart) shall be strictly observed in the queuing of the examinees entering the testing center. The taking of body temperature of all NAPOLCOM personnel and examination applicants/examinees and other examination personnel, and sanitizing of hands before entering the Testing Centers should be done. Only those with normal body temperature (up to 37.5 degrees Celsius) and with no other symptoms like cough, colds, sore throat, or any flu-like symptoms and with face masks and face shields shall be allowed to enter the premises. Examinees shall proceed immediately to their designated examination rooms after the thermal scanning/screening. Foot bath with 10% Chlorine solution and 70% isopropyl or ethyl alcohol shall be available at the entrance gate for disinfection. Hand soap and alcohol shall also be provided in all comfort rooms.

According to Vice-Chairman Aguirre, all examination personnel and examinees shall abide with the implemented protocols and directives of the concerned Local Government Unit (LGU) other than those stated in the IATF issuances. Examination personnel are also restricted from mass gathering. Strict implementation of the set guidelines and health standards during the actual conduct of the examination shall be under the supervision and control of the Regional Director/Examination Administrator with the assistance of the on-site medical personnel.

“Dissemination of the guidelines and instructions to examinees shall be done by the Regional Offices and all Regional Directors/Examination Administrators must ensure the safety and security of all examination personnel,” Vice Chairman Aguirre said.

President Duterte appoints 8 NAPOLCOM Directors

April 17, 2021

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved on March 24, 2021 the appointment to Director III and Director II of eight (8) key officials of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM).

In a virtual oath taking ceremony last April 13, 2021, NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Vitaliano N. Aguirre II administered the oath of office to acknowledge and congratulate the six (6) newly promoted Directors III and two (2) Directors II.

Promoted to Director III are Dir. Donna Lynn A. Caparas, Staff Service Chief of the Crime Prevention and Coordination Service (CPCS) in the Central Office; Dir. Monday D. Samson, Regional Director of NAPOLCOM Region 1; Dir. Julieta P. Rañeses, Regional Director of NAPOLCOM Region 3; Dir. Jose S. Concepcion Jr., Regional Director of NAPOLCOM Region 7; Dir. Johnson G. Reyes, Regional Director of NAPOLCOM Region 8; and Dir. Jerome L. Asuga, Regional Director of NAPOLCOM Region 10.

Also promoted to Director II are Dir. Leonora G. Bartolome, Assistant Regional Director of NAPOLCOM Region 2 and Dir. Edman B. Pares, Assistant Regional Director of NAPOLCOM Region 5.

Vice Chairman Aguirre said that the President’s approval of their promotion would definitely improve the NAPOLCOM’s overall organizational effectiveness and service efficiency. It will also intensify the Commission’s competency in paving the way towards the accomplishment of its mandated functions.

“The appointment of our newly promoted NAPOLCOM Directors will hopefully make an impact in the Commission’s continuing commitment to lead, improve and support the welfare and professionalization of the Philippine National Police (PNP); strengthen police discipline and integrity; improve citizenry’s sense of security; and enhance public service delivery particularly in these trying times,” Aguirre said.

NAPOLCOM to confer PES Eligibility to 52 PNP Officials

February 15, 2021

National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Vitaliano N. Aguirre II announces the conferment of the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) to 52 Police Majors (PMAJ), Police Lieutenant Colonels (PLTCOL) and Police Colonels (PCOL) who successfully passed the NAPOLCOM-administered police eligibility examination for the third level ranks in the Philippine National Police (PNP). The 15th PESE Conferment Rites will be held before the end of February 2021.

The topnotcher of this year’s PESE examination is PCOL Marvin S. Diplat, Chief of the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit, Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM- PHAU), PNP National Headquarters, Camp Crame, Quezon City.

PCOL Diplat is a member of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Tanglaw Lahi Class of 1999 and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Prior to his present position, he held various key positions in the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Cordillera Administrative Region, the most recent of which were as Assistant Chief, Regional Police Community Relations Division, PRO-Cor and as Station Commander of Police Stations 6 and 2 of the Baguio City Police Office.

Other PNP officials who made it to the top five are the following: for 2nd place, PLTCOL Janet L. Arinabo, under schooling and assigned at the Regional Personnel and Records Management Division-Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit, PRO 4A; for third place, PLTCOL Christopher F. Olazo, Battalion Commander at the Quezon City Police District, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO); four (4) police officials shared the 4th place, namely, PLTCOL Omer C. Cuadro, Chief of the Process Management and Appointment Division, PNP National Headquarters, Camp Crame, Quezon City; PLTCOL Alfredo E. Dulay, Jr., Chief of the Administrative and Resource Management Division, PNP National Headquarters, Camp Crame, Quezon City; PLTCOL John K. Guiagui, Station Commander at the Manila Police District, NCRPO; and PLTCOL Rolly P. Onofre, Deputy Chief, Regional Engineering Service, PRO 13; and in fifth place is PLTCOL Joseph Mark L. Sibayan, Assistant Chief of the Firearms and Explosive Office-Civil Security Group, PNP National Headquarters, Camp Crame, Quezon City.

“The 52 passers represent 60.46% of the 86 police officials who took the validation interview on November 21, 22, 28 and 29, 2020,” Vice Chairman Aguirre said.

The PESE is an eligibility requirement for the ranks of Police Colonel, Police Brigadier General, Police Major General, Police Lieutenant General and Police General. The two-phased PESE examination process consists of written examination and panel interview. Both phases 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


February 8, 2021


February 16, 2021

NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman Vitaliano Aguirre II Leads En Banc Deliberation on Police Cases

Barely a month upon his assumption as the Vice Chairman and Executive Officer of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), Commissioner Vitaliano N. Aguirre II presides over the first En Banc meeting for the year.

Heeding the marching orders of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to rid the Philippine National Police (PNP) of scalawags, newly appointed Vice Chairman Aguirre presided over the En Banc deliberation held last 11 February 2021, during which One Hundred Three (103) Summary Dismissal Cases (S.D. Cases) involving One Hundred Seventy-Seven (177) police officers were resolved.

During the NAPOLCOM regular En Banc deliberation for the month of February, thirty-six (36) police officers were meted the ultimate penalty of dismissal from the police service, one of whom is a Police Colonel; eighteen (18) police officers were meted with one (1) rank demotion; ten (10) police officers were meted with suspension ranging from twenty (20) days to six (6) months; and three (3) police officers were reprimanded for their administrative infraction.  

In attendance as well for his first NAPOLCOM En Banc deliberation was PGEN Debold M. Sinas, ex-officio Commissioner of the NAPOLCOM. With Vice Chairman Aguirre presiding, the other members of the NAPOLCOM En Banc which include Commissioner Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr., Commissioner Zenonida F. Brosas and Commissioner Job M. Mangente, likewise deliberated on three (3) policy issuances for the PNP, to wit: Proposed amendments to the IRR of R.A. 9708 (REPLACEMENT OF NATIONAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION CLEARANCE WITH PNP CLEARANCE AS A REQUIREMENT FOR PROMOTION); Proposed NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular, entitled: PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES FOR THE CONDUCT OF TERMINATION PROCEEDINGS OF PNP UNIFORMED PERSONNEL IN TEMPORARY STATUS; and Proposed amendment/s to NAPOLCOM M.C. 94-017 (ADOPTING A UNIFORM CRITERIA IN DETERMINING WHEN A CRIME IS CONSIDERED SOLVED).

The next NAPOLCOM regular En Banc deliberation is scheduled on 11 March 2021.

NAPOLCOM VCEO Vitaliano Aguirre II graces PNP’s 30th Foundation Day Celebration

February 1, 2021

NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Vitaliano N. Aguirre II graces the PNP’s 30th Founding Anniversary as Guest of Honor and Speaker at Camp Crame, Quezon City this morning.

With the theme “Kakampi mo Laban sa Pandemya, Ilegal na Droga, Kurapsyon at Terorismo,” this momentous occasion marks Vice Chairman Aguirre’s first attendance to an official PNP gathering since his assumption to office last January 20, 2021.

“In return for the President’s continuing trust in me, I commit to repay his trust and confidence by following his marching orders to the full extent of the authority granted to me by the law,” Vice Chairman Aguirre said.

According to Vice Chairman Aguirre, the greater challenge ahead demands for a police force that is flexible, agile, and adaptable which can thrive in any volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous situation.

“In a volatile world, we need direct and decisive leaders of the police force who can act quickly without any hesitation to the radical changes of our fast-paced world, but always within the bounds of the law,” Aguirre added.

According to Aguirre his vision for the police force is for it to have direct, understandable, reliable and trustworthy leaders who can truly understand the context, depth, and magnitude of our problems.

The PNP needs leaders who can adapt to the changing times where everything is interconnected and who are trustworthy and can guide us to the right path, with the moral compass never to deviate from such a path.

“Our people’s trust in us, their public servants, should be compensated with our continuous efforts to better ourselves. My challenge for all is to always strive for excellence and integrity,” Aguirre ended his message to the PNP with this challenge.

NAPOLCOM welcomes Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Vitaliano N. Aguirre II

January 27, 2021

Newly appointed National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Commissioner and Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer (VCEO) Vitaliano N. Aguirre II officially assumed office on January 20, 2021. Aguirre started his day at the office with a Mass followed by the blessing of his entire office located at the 18th floor of the DILG-NAPOLCOM Building in EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

The mass was followed by an executive briefing conducted by all the heads of offices of the NAPOLCOM. During the executive briefing, each unit presented their functions, mandate, priority programs, and work status. Given the limitations and COVID-19 protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the executive briefing was conducted by the NAPOLCOM Central Office Officials.

Aguirre highlighted the importance of “INTEGRITY, DEDICATION and EXCELLENCE” as hallmarks of all official tasks in order to maintain the people’s confidence and trust in the NAPOLCOM.  More pictures... 

NAPOLCOM appoints new OIC for the Office of the Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer

January 8, 2021

DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Eduardo M. Año designated Commissioner Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr. as the Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer (OIC-OVCEO) of the National Police Commission, until such time that a new VCEO shall have been appointed by the President.

Special Order No. 2021-004, dated January 5, 2021, was issued following the early demise of the late VCEO Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao last January 2, 2021. The designation was made in order to achieve efficient, effective and responsive operations of the NAPOLCOM and to avoid undue delays in the performance of the day-to-day activities of the agency.

As OIC-OVCEO, Commissioner Serapio is authorized to act on or approve urgent, necessary or time-bound transactions/disbursements/activities of the Commission which include, but shall not be limited to the following: issue and sign General Orders, Office Orders, Special Orders, Memorandum and Letter/Travel Orders; approve Memorandum Receipts (Firearms/Vehicles); sign original and promotional appointments of NAPOLCOM Personnel (Salary Grade (SG) 1-25 of NAPOLCOM Central Office personnel and SG 24-25 of NAPOLCOM Regional Office personnel); sign contracts involving procurement of service/resources by NAPOLCOM; approve disbursements/payments of NAPOLCOM’s legitimate/regular financial transactions; release funds chargeable against GAA FY 2021; approve payroll and disbursement vouchers; enter into or renew agreements concerning regular transactions of NAPOLCOM; and exercise disciplinary authority.

Commissioner Serapio was appointed as NAPOLCOM Commissioner representing the law enforcement sector on February 11, 2016 for a six-year term of office.

Prior to his appointment at NAPOLCOM, he 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.

He also served as Head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau Manila Secretariat, Officer-in-Charge of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Senior Official on Transnational Crime-Philippines; and Head of the Philippine Working Group on Trafficking in Persons, ASEAN Senior Officials on Transnational Crime.

He retired from the police service in 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 (SAF).