By Chito Chavez
For fear that public trust on the police could plummet, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) asked the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to hire only the most competent among the expected 10,000 police applicants.
The call was issued after public trust on all law enforcers could have been affected by the recent reports of rogue police officers, or “ninja cops”, who recycle seized illegal drugs back into the streets.
In a Senate hearing Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino made this revelation a statement concurred by Baguio City Mayor and former Police General Benjamin Magalong during a separate Senate inquiry.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that “the best time to weed out undesirables is during the recruitment process, therefore the NAPOLCOM and the PNP must only hire those with the necessary skills, are morally upright, and will enforce the law without fear or favor.”
“Let’s raise the bar and be stringent as we are potentially taking in individuals who are either going to be heroes or bad eggs. We should uphold the highest standard possible,” he added.
Año, who is the NAPOLCOM chairman, recently approved the recruitment of 10,000 Patrolmen and Patrolwomen through Resolution No. 2019-707, 7,895 of which will be assigned in the PNP Mobile Forces under the 17 Police Regional Offices (PROs) nationwide while 2,105 of the new recruits will be assigned to the National Support Units (NSUs) and other PNP offices.
Año said that screening the 10,000 additional police officers will not be an easy task, “thus the PNP must only hire individuals who will contribute to the fulfillment of its mandate and will be assets of the police organization’’.
He explained that as the PNP continues to clean its own ranks, choosing individuals who fit the DILG mantra of “matino, mahusay, at maaasahan” will ensure that internal cleansing will be a thing of the past for the PNP.
The DILG Chief added that uniformed personnel, including the police officers, have received a substantial pay hike under the current administration, it is expected that the 10,000 new law enforcers must also double their efforts in protecting and serving the people.
Interested applicants may apply online through the Napolcom Directorate for Personnel and Records Management website. Basic requirements are: a citizen of the Philippines; a person of good moral character; must have passed the psychiatric/psychological, drug and physical tests to be administered by the PNP; and must possess a formal baccalaureate degree from a recognized learning institution. Aspiring law enforcers must also pass the PNP Entrance Examination to be administered by the Napolcom.
He noted that background checks will be administered to ensure that all applicants meet the requirements, including: must not have been dishonorably discharged from military employment or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government; and must not have been convicted of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude.
Applicants must be at least one meter and sixty-two centimeters (1.62m) in height for male and one meter and fifty-seven centimeters (1.57m) and must weigh not more or less than five kilograms (5kg) from the standard weight corresponding to his/her weight, age, and sex.
They must not be less than twenty-one (21) nor more than thirty (30) years of age and must submit the following documentary requirements: Civil Service Personal Data Sheet; Philippine Statistics Office-authenticated Birth Certificate; authenticated Certificate of Eligibility; two (2) pieces 2×2 black and white picture with name tag, one (1) bust-size picture, and one (1) whole body picture; authenticated Transcript of Records/Diploma; local clearances such as Barangay, Police, RTC/MTC and NBI; Medical Certificate; and fingerprint and handwriting specimen.
The 7,895 new cops will be distributed to the following Police Regional Offices: PRO1- 450; PRO2- 350; PRO3- 300; PRO4A- 295; PRO4B- 600; PRO5- 750; PRO6- 400; PRO7- 300; PRO8- 450; PRO9- 350; PRO10- 700; PRO11- 400; PRO12- 350; PRO13- 500; PRO COR- 600; PRO ARMM- 800; and NCRPO- 300.
Meanwhile, the remaining 2,105 will be under the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG)- 100; Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG)- 50; Aviation Security Group (AVSEGROUP)- 200; Communications and Electronics Service (CES)- 50; Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)- 300; Crime Laboratory (CL)- 250; Drug Enforcement Group (DEG)- 200; Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management/ Women and Children’s Protection Center (DIDM/WCPC)- 80; Explosive Ordnance Disposal/K9 Group (EOD/K9)- 75; Health Service (HS)- 100; Headquarters Support Service (HSS)/PNP BAND- 200; Intelligence Group (IG)- 100; Information Technology Management Service (ITMS)- 50; Logistics Support Service (LSS)- 50; Maritime Group (MG)- 75; Training Service (TS)- 100; Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG)- 75; and Police Retirement Benefits Service (PRBS)- 50.