By Chito Chavez
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to strictly screen the applicants and “hire only the best and brightest’’ as he noted that 17,000 new police positions are programmed under national budget this year.
Explaining the recent involvement of police officers in corruption like the “ninja cops’’ made the President frustrated, Año emphasized that no second-rate officers should be hired as the people should ‘get what they deserve’’.
“Ninja cops’’ are rogue police officers who recycle their seized illegal drugs by either reselling them to drug personalities or using them to plant evidence to extort money from their victims.
Earlier, Año confirmed the President is extremely frustrated by cops being involved in irregularities despite providing all the support to the police force.
“I don’t want second-rate police officers. Now that their salaries have been doubled by the President, we should only hire the best of this generation,’’ said Año.
He maintained the PNP should ensure a stringent recruitment and hiring process where “those who are not mentally and physically fit’’ for the force are weeded out and “only the crème de la crème will be chosen’’.
“The cleansing program should already begin in the hiring. It will save the police organization from a lot of headaches later on if we do the hiring and recruitment process properly and seriously,” he noted.
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) have authorized the PNP to fill-up 17,000 vacancies under its Recruitment Program for year 2020.
The vacancies comprise the 10,000 annual regular recruitment quota and 7,000 additional quota to replace retired, deceased, dismissed, AWOL, and other separated personnel.
Those interested to join the police force must meet the following qualifications:
1. A citizen of the Philippines;
2. A person of good moral character;
3. Must have passed the psychiatric/psychological, drug and physical tests to be administered by the PNP;
4. Must possess a formal baccalaureate degree from a recognized learning institution;
5. Must have any of the following basic eligibility requirements:
– PNP Entrance Exam (NAPOLCOM)
– RA No. 1080 (Bar and Board Examinations)
– PD No. 907 (CS eligibility to College Honor Graduates)
6. Must not have been dishonorably discharged from military employment or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government;
7. Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude;
8. 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) for female;
9. Must weigh not more or less than five kilograms (5kg) from the standard weight corresponding to his/her weight, age, and sex; and
10. Must not be less than 21 or more than 30 years of age.
Successful candidates will be appointed to the initial rank of Police Patrolman with a gross monthly salary of P29,668 with other mandated allowances and benefits.
All applications may only be filed through the PNP Online Recruitment Application system portal at www.pnporas.pnp-dprm.com.
Año said that the hiring should be merit based asserting that strong connections with any influential personalities will have no bearing in the recruitment process.
He also said the process should be transparent from day one in all stages of the recruitment process to prevent any irregularities.