PNP recruitment goes full swing

April 2, 2010 9:57 am 

MANILA, April 2 – “We want only the best and most qualified recruits for the PNP (Philippine National Police).”

PNP Chief, Director General Jesus A. Verzosa issued this general guidance to the different Recruitment and Screening Committees tasked to process applications for police recruits.

The screening and selection process for police applicants is now ongoing in the different Police Regional Offices for the recruitment of 10,000 more policemen this year.

To assess the qualifications possessed by applicants, the PNP Screening Committees shall strictly abide by PNP Circular 2005-008 on the Rationalization and Qualification Standards for Initial Appointment in the PNP Uniformed Service, which provides a system of measuring the qualifications of individual applicants which Verzosa ordered.

The chief PNP instructed that the “Doctrine of Transparency” shall be observed in all stages of the recruitment process to preclude anomalies, illegal acts, biases and favoritism.

Police Director Abner Cabalquinto, PNP Director for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM), announced that the 2010 Regular Recruitment Program is now on the 3rd Phase of implementation with the screening and selection process upon completion of the submission and evaluation of documents in March.

In the next 60 days, some 30,000 applicants for recruitment will undergo physical, psychiatric, psychological, and drug tests to be administered by the PNP Health Service and the Crime Laboratory, and Agility Tests.

Cabalquinto said all applicants have already undergone the initial background investigation and records check in the different recruiting units.

Upon completion of the mandatory medical, dental, physical, psychological and drug tests, the applicants will report for interview before a Screening Committee. The entire recruitment process involves a series of tests and interviews leading to a Final Screening Committee Deliberation at the recruiting PNP Unit, Cabalquinto explained.

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) earlier approved a quota of 10,000 recruits for the 2010 Police Officer 1 Regular Recruitment Program.

Successful applicants will be appointed to the initial rank of Police Officer 1 with a basic monthly salary of P10,808 with other cash allowances and non-cash benefits.

PNP Spokesman, Chief Superintendent Leonardo A. Espina said the 10,000 recruits will be distributed among the 17 Police Regional Offices and National Support Units.

The new vacancies are intended to beef-up the manpower complement of Police Regional Offices and National Support Units to further strengthen the operational capabilities of these units, Espina said.

The PNP currently has 131,000 uniformed police personnel in active duty status while some 2,500 uniformed personnel will retire this year. (PNA) FFC/PR/utb

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