CITING the strict implementation of quarantine protocols in Metro Manila and other parts of the country, the Philippine National Police leadership has ordered the postponement of the scheduled resumption today of the PNP recruitment program for this year, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
“The resumption of recruitment processing is postponed until further notice. This is due to the strict implementation of quarantine protocols in checkpoints especially on the boundaries of Metro Manila that may affect the travel of our applicants from one border to another for the completion of their documentary requirements as well as policy amendments and health concerns of applicants which were raised by the NAPOLCOM,” said PNP Director for Personnel and Records Management, Major General Reynaldo G. Biay in a memorandum approved by PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.
Biay issued the memorandum to all 17 Police Regional Office directors and concerned directors of different PNP National Support Units like the Highway Patrol Group, Special Action Force, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and Drug Enforcement Group.
Gen. Gamboa earlier said that all PNP recruitment program and mandatory career training courses under the ‘new normal’ will resume today with all concerned officers under orders to ensure that strict quarantine protocols will be observed by the students and applicants to prevent further spread of the killer COVID-19 virus.
As of last Saturday, there are 310 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the PNP with 702 others described as Probable Persons Under Investigation and 677 as Suspected PUIs. At least 161 policemen who contracted the virus have already recovered from the disease while four have died.