By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
To ensure the quality of officers and future leaders in the police organization, the National Police Commission (Napolcom) has approved Resolution No. 2011-196 which provides the guidelines on the qualification standards for appointment to the different ranks in the Philippine National Police (PNP).
According to Interior and Local Government Secretary and Napolcom Chairman Jesse M. Robredo, 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.
“Prior to this resolution, a similar issuance, Napolcom Resolution No. 2010-261, was submitted to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for approval and was withdrawn considering that there were certain eligibilities and trainings that were inadvertently overlooked; thus, there is really a need to come up with an updated and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.
Napolcom Vice Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the new resolution applies to all Police Non-Commissioned Officers (Police Officer I to Senior Police Officer IV), Police Commissioned Officers (Police Inspector to Police Superintendent) and Third Level Ranks (Police Senior Superintendent to Police Director 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 Police Commissioned Officers who were promoted to the Third Level Ranks using Police Officer 1st Class and Police Superintendent eligibilities taken prior to CY 2003 and CY 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.
Under the new policy, PO 3rd class eligibility is appropriate for the ranks of Police Officer II up to Senior Police Officer IV while PO 2nd Class eligibility may be considered as appropriate eligibility for Police Inspector up to Police Inspector ranks.
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).
Escueta further explained that uniformed members of the PNP must comply with the three requirements before they are eligible for promotion to the next higher rank, namely: experience, training and eligibility.
For PNP officers who were recruited from CY 2008 onwards, except Criminology and Bar passers, the eligibility requirement for the ranks of POII and up shall be those conferred by the Napolcom.
The time-in grade or experience for those promoted in CY 2004 or earlier shall be reckoned from the effectivity date of the General Order or Special Order while those promoted in CY 2005 and onwards shall be the date of the attested appointment.
Escueta clarified that eligibilities acquired as a result of the qualifying examinations that were conducted on October 10, 2004, April 26, 2008 and May 30, 2009 shall be used solely for change of status of appointment which is from temporary to permanent and shall not be used for promotion.
Consistent to the existing rules and regulations, the Napolcom furnished copies of the said resolution to the University of the Philippines Law Center, the Office of the President and the Civil Service Commission for their reference and confirmation of the latter.