MANILA, July 24 — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is recruiting 7,000 more personnel this year.
PNP Chief, Director General Jesus A Verzosa said that the recruitment quota for this year aimed to augment the required number of 3,000 new PO1s (Police Officer 1) for 2009 and replace the more than 4,000 uniformed personnel who were attrited for reasons of retirement, death, dismissal and resignation.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has instructed the PNP to increase the annual recruitment quota to 10,000 starting next fiscal year.
"We are opening the recruitment for the second semester of 2009 and we are encouraging all interested and qualified individuals to submit their applications to the nearest police station so that their records can be immediately verified," Verzosa added.
PNP spokesman Sr. Supt. Leonardo A Espina said the recruitment of new police officers was a continuing process and interested parties may submit applications any time to any police station nationwide.
"We are enhancing the recruitment process so that a pool of applicants will be ready just in case a quota is announced. With this process, we can easily reach our target and fill the recruitment slots," Espina said.
Espina also clarified misconceptions that only Criminology graduates were qualified to apply.
"Aside from Criminology graduates, the PNP also accepts individuals who are graduates of other courses as long as they have completed the necessary requirements and have the appropriate eligibility," Espina said. (PNA)