Napolcom authorizes PNP to promote more than 27,000 cops

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has authorized the Philippine National Police (PNP) to promote a total of 27,460 policemen as part of the regular promotion program for this year.

Napolcom Vice Chairman and Executive Officer (VCEO) Vitaliano N. Aguirre II said the promotion covers the ranks of Police Corporal to Police Lieutenant Colonel.

“The PNP promotion program is intended to influence personnel growth and motivation, improve job satisfaction and performance, and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the police organization by promoting the most qualified police officers to the next higher rank through merit and fitness,” Aguirre said in a statement.

For this year’s regular promotional quota, the PNP has been authorized to fill 1,000 promotional slots for Police Lieutenant Colonel (PLTCOL); 720 for Police Major (PMAJ); 980 for Police Captain (PCPT); 320 for Police Lieutenant (PLT); 2,780 for Police Executive Master Sergeant (PEMS); 4,140 for Police Chief Master Sergeant (PCMS); 5,980 for Police Senior Master Sergeant (PSMS); 5,570 for Police Master Sergeant (PMSg); 2,640 for Police Staff Sergeant (PSSg); and 3,330 for Police Corporal (PCpl).

But Aguirre clarified that there are rules that must be observed first before the PNP approves the promotion of the police officers.

First, he said the processing of applicants for the Police Lieutenant Colonel promotion program should be continuous and candidates must satisfy all the qualification standards prior to their promotion. In addition, only Police Major candidates who are occupying Police Lieutenant Colonel position will be qualified for promotion in order to ensure the proportional distribution of the said rank.

Second, the minimum qualification standards to be used in the assessment and evaluation must be based on the issuances approved by the Napolcom and confirmed by the Civil Service Commission.

Third, all promotional appointments should be permanent in nature and there would be no temporary status. Fourth, in case of a tie in the ranking of applicants, the Seniority Lineal List (SLL) must be used as a governing factor.

And last, the PNP must submit to the Commission an after-activity report on the number of promotional applicants processed per rank, the number of promotees per rank, and the ratio per rank.

Lastly, Vice Chairman Aguirre II ordered the PNP Promotion Boards to ensure transparency in the implementation of guidelines and procedures on PNP promotion. He warned that they shall be held liable with administrative sanctions should there be findings contrary to the guidelines.