By C. Lloyd T. Caliwan, PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has revised the qualification standards for appointment to different ranks in the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the quality of officers in the police organization.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and Napolcom Chairman Jesse Robredo said that through voting en banc, the Commission approved Resolution No. 2011-196 which supersedes Resolution No. 2010-261 earlier submitted to the Civil Service Commission for approval but was later withdrawn.
Robredo said that the new resolution aims to update and consolidate the current qualification standards and to avoid confusion with regard to mandatory requirements for appointment to the various PNP ranks.
Resolution No. 2010-161, he said, was withdrawn considering there were certain eligibilities and trainings that were inadvertently overlooked.
“Thus, there is really a need to come up with an updated and consolidated qualification standards for easy and clear reference,” Robredo said.
Resolution No. 2011-196 applies to all Police Non-Commissioners Officers (PNCOs), from Police Officer 1 to Senior Police Officer 4; Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs), from Inspector to Superintendent; and Third Level ranks, from Senior Superintendent to General who possess the required education, experience and eligibility before they are considered for promotion to the next higher rank.
The new resolution provides that PCOs who were promoted to the Third Level Ranks using Police Officer 1st Class and Police Superintendent eligibilities taken prior to 2003 and 2006, respectively, shall no longer be required to obtain Career Service Executive Eligibility (CSEE), Career Executive Service Eligibility (CESE), Career Executive Officer Eligibility (CEOE) or Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) for promotion to the next higher rank.
As for the entry level eligibility to the police service, the appropriate eligibilities are as follows: PNP Entrance passers (1998 onwards); Republic Act No. 1080, R.A. 6506, Presidential Decree 907, Career Service Professional and CSC Police Officer Exam (July 1998 onwards).
For his part, Napolcom Vice Chairman Eduardo Escueta said that uniformed members of the PNP must comply with the three requirements before they can be eligible for promotion to the next higher rank, namely: experience (time-in grade), training and eligibility.
On the other hand, the time-in grade for the ranks of Chief Superintendent up to Director General is not required because the President, after Napolcom’s recommendation, has the prerogative to promote them at any given time, he added.
For PNP officers who were recruited from 2008 onwards, except Criminology and law bar passers, the eligibility requirement for the ranks of PO2 and up shall be those conferred by Napolcom.
The time-in grade or experience for those promoted in 2004 or earlier shall be reckoned from the effectivity date of the General Order or Special Order while those promoted in 2005 and onwards shall be the date of the attested appointment, Escueta said.