High salary, no padrino: Napolcom approves recruitment of 17,314 cops this year

Published May 19, 2021, 10:01 AM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Interested to join the police force?

This could be your chance to enjoy one of the highest entry-level salary in the government as the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has given a go-signal for the recruitment of more than 17,000 lawmen for this year.

The starting salary for those who would be recruited this year, a total of 17,314 Patrolmen and Patrolwomen, is almost P30,000 a month, aside from various allowances.

Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar also assured the public that he will do everything in his power to ensure that there will be no padrino system (or those who enter the police force using influential backers) in the recruitment under the QR Code System which he started when he was still the Metro Manila police chief.

He cited the case of Patrolwoman Razy Joy Alejandrino, a daughter of a poor family in Quezon, who was able to enter the police force by mere good performance during the examination and training and good academic background.

“Kaya sa mga katulad ni Razy Joy Alejandrino at sa ating mga best and brightest na kabataang Pilipino na gustong magpulis, ginigiba na po natin ang bulok na kultura ng palakasan at padrino system sa recruitment na nagsilbing hadlang para makapasok kayo sa PNP sa napakatagal na panahon. Bukas na bukas na ang pintuan ng aming organisasyon para sa inyo. (So for the likes of Razy Joy Alejandrino and to all the best and brightest Filipino youth who want to be a policeman, we are now crushing the rotten culture of padrino system in our recruitment which served as a stumblong block for you to enter the PNP for a long time. The door of the PNP is now widely open for people like you),” said Eleazar.

Addition and Replacement

Lawyer Vitaliano Aguirre, NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, said the recruitment of rookie cops will also pave the way to replace those who retired, who were dismissed and resigned from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“The recruitment of 17,314 Patrolmen and Patrolwomen will 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),” said Aguirre in a statement.

He said 1,000 slots will be reserved for the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in the 1st recruitment cycle to improve the police-to-population ratio in Metro Manila. This is on top of the 5,000 reserved for the NCRPO.

The Breakdown

The attrition recruitment quota for the Police Regional Offices 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

NCRPO- 5,000

For the NSUs:

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

PNP Training Service (PNPTS)- 150.

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.