PNP officers must 'climb' to higher posts — Verzosa

May 20, 2010 8:12 pm 

MANILA, May 20 — Officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) aspiring for higher positions in the 120,000-strong organization "must work their way up the ladder."

Starting July this year, police officers seeking assignment to key positions will have to pass the 10-storey ascension test to determine their physical qualification for the job.

PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa announced that the mandatory 10-storey ascension test is designed to determine the “physical capability of officers in performing the duties of their desired position.”

“We encourage them to be physically strong always. If they want to be promoted to key positions, they must pass the 10-storey Ascension fitness test,” he said.

“We are still in the election period where the assignment of officers defends on the Commission on Elections (Comelec), so we will start to strictly implement it by July,” he added.

“We need to infuse additional qualifications for candidates to key positions,” Verzosa told personnel and human resource development officers from the police regional offices and national support units during a conference in Camp Crame on Thursday.

He said officers assigned to key positions in the Directorial Staff, National Support Units, Police Regional Offices, and other Line units in the Provincial, City and Municipal levels must “possess the extra physical capability to perform the duties and function required of the position.”

The Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development (DHRDD) has approved the parameters and mechanics of the test that involves timed ascent through the stairwell of a 10-storey building.

The test is supervised by PNP fitness instructors and medical personnel from the PNP Health Service.

The 10-storey ascension test standard is two minutes and 45 seconds for directors of DIPO, NSU/Regional and District directors; two minutes and 30 seconds for provincial and city directors; and two minutes and 15 seconds for commanders of Public Safety Management Forces and Municipal and City chiefs of police.

Aside from the ascension test for officers, all PNP personnel are also required to undergo a semestral physical fitness test (PFT) administered by the DHRDD.

Earlier, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Roberto Rosales vowed to personally supervised the PFT of Metro Manila police officers to keep them fit to meet the rigors of police service. (PNA) scs/MM

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