Some 30,000 applicants vie for 10,000 PNP slots

April 3, 2010 11:59 pm 

MANILA, April 3 –- Some 30,000 police applicants are now being screened by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to select additional 10,000 recruits this year to beef up its regional offices and various national support units as approved by the National Police Commission (Napolcom).

PNP-Directorate for Personnel and Records Management chief Director Abner Cabalquinto said that in the next two months, the 30,000 police applicants will undergo physical, psychiatric, psychological, and drug tests to be administered by the PNP Health Service and the Crime Laboratory, and agility tests.

According to Cabalquinto, of the number of applicants, only 10,000 will be admitted in the PNP ranks as approved by Napolcom.

Cabalquinto said the screening and processing of documents of the applicants started last month and is part of the third phase of implementation of the PNP recruitment program for 2010.

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

”We want only the best and most qualified recruits for the PNP,” said PNP chief Director General Jesus verzosa.

“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,” Verzosa added.

Verzosa also ordered that the “Doctrine of Transparency” shall be observed in all stages of the recruitment process to preclude anomalies, illegal acts, biases and favoritism.

Upon completion of the mandatory medical, dental, physical, psychological and drug tests, Cabalquinto said 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.

Successful applicants will be appointed to the initial rank of Police Officers 1 (PO1s) with a basic monthly salary of P10,808, with other cash allowances and non-cash benefits.

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Leonardo 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) scs/MM

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