The Philippine National Police (PNP) has generated more than P619 million in government revenue in the last four years of the implementation of the National Police Clearance System (NPCS).
In a statement, PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin said the fund generated by the NPCS is one of the income-generating contributions of the police in raising funds for various projects of the national government.
He said the P619,136,280.00 was generated through the issuance of over 4.2 million police clearances.
A police clearance serves various administrative purposes and applications in public and private transactions.
It is one of the major requirements for job applications and some government transactions.
Even foreigners are also required to secure one for local employment and business operations.
Just recently, the PNP initiated the mandatory application of police clearance to all workers of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators. Based on the latest data, a total of 12,169 police clearances were issued to POGO workers from Sept. 25 to Nov. 30 this year.
"All intents and purposes of this clearance were served, the PNP arrested 294 persons with outstanding Warrants of Arrest while attempting to secure National Police Clearance in PNP offices across the country," said Azurin.
The PNP started using NCPS in 2016 based on the order of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Currently, there are three pending bills in the Congress that seek to establish a national police clearance system and the centralization of data for criminal records.