LEARNING its lessons well from an embarrassing incident during the previous Aquino administration, the Philippine National Police has now imposed added safeguards to ensure transparency and integrity of its recruitment and selection process, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
Officials referred to an incident a few years ago in which then PNP chief General Nicanor A. Bartolome and National Capital Region Police Office chief then Director Alan LM Purisima got wind of a “leakage” of examination papers for PNP Line Officers prompting them to order the cancellation of the scheduled promotion test.
This time, the PNP headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde is making sure that there won’t be a repeat of that incident as they try to fill-up 4,014 vacancies for Line Officers and Criminologists who will be commissioned into the PNP Officer Corps under the Calendar Year 2018 Lateral Entry Program for Line Officers duly approved by the National Police Commission.
The PNP is imposing added safeguards to ensure the transparency and integrity of their administrative processes, particularly in recruitment and selection to eliminate possible opportunities for irregular practices of undue influence, favoritism, fraud and corruption, said Gen. Albayalde.
The measure will also ensure that those who failed the test will not qualify for promotion despite undue influence being extended to the PNP as a result of the so-called “bata-bata” system by officials themselves as well as politicians, other government authorities and influence-peddlers.
“Self-respect is what guides our morals as individuals and our collaborative action as an organization – we wear our uniforms properly and with pride, we do not sleep while we are on duty, and we do not betray our oath of office by engaging in illegal activities. We will serve with all honesty, honor, and integrity,” the PNP chief maintained.
Last week, the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) headed by Director Lyndon G. Cubos opened in public the test results for lateral entry applications as part of the preventive component of PNP’s internal cleansing program.
Cubos told the Journal Group that over the past five years, the PNP did not open its Lateral Entry program.
In a tabulation prepared by the DPRM Recruitment and Selection Division, 7,205 police officer candidates took the 2018 Written Competitive Examination the other Sunday in various examination centers in Angeles City, Lucena City, Cebu City, Davao City, and Taguig City. The candidates came from a pool of qualified Police Non-Commissioned Officers on active duty.
In Angeles City, applicants who took the exam came from Police Regional Offices 1,2,3 and Cordillera. In Taguig City, the applicants are all from the National Capital Region Police Office while in Lucenna City, the examinees were from the Police Regional Offices 4-A, 4-B and 5.
In Cebu, the applicants were from the Police Regional Offices 6,7 and 8 while applicants from all Mindanao police regional offices took their exam in Davao City.
Cubos said that the PNP Lateral Entry Board is now preparing for the Psychiatric Psychological Examination (PPE) of candidates which will be held from October 20 to November 20.
The successful applicants for the lateral program will take their oath as PNP Line Officers before Gen. Albayalde on March 4, 2019.