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NAPOLCOM expands power of LCEs as deputies

December 18, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) authorized Governors and Mayors to perform policy formulation function in line with the implementation of the Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) system as the foundation of community-oriented policing and crime prevention strategy in the country.

The NAPOLCOM en banc chaired by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento approved Memorandum Circular No. 2015-003 dated November 12, 2015 which prescribes the additional functions and duties of Local Chief Executives (LCEs) as NAPOLCOM deputies.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the LCEs are now authorized to formulate and adopt effective mechanisms for the coordination, cooperation and consultation involving the local executives, citizenry and law enforcement agencies consistent with and in pursuance of the CSOP system.

Governors and Mayors are also mandated to formulate and pursue a three-year, term-based Peace and Order and Public Safety Plan (POPS Plan), following the guidelines and policies of the DILG, which shall be incorporated in the Comprehensive Development Plan of local government units. They are likewise authorized to convene the Peace and Order Council (POC) quarterly, or as often as the need arises, and submit semestral POC accomplishment report. City/Municipal POC accomplishment report must be submitted to the Provincial POC (PPOC) while PPOC accomplishment report must be submitted to the Regional POC.

“The grant of additional authority to the LCEs on top of their mandated powers and functions is intended to boost local development through a more strengthened tripartite collaboration between the local executives, the police and the community,” Escueta said.

Failure of a Governor or Mayor to perform the additional functions and duties shall be deemed engaging in acts which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign of the country and which, once validated or established, shall be a ground for the suspension or withdrawal of his/her deputation by the Commission.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that Governors and Mayors are automatically deputized as representatives of the NAPOLCOM in their respective jurisdiction pursuant to Section 64 of Republic Act No. 8551 (PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998).

Under Section 51 of R.A. 6975, as amended by R.A. 8551, Provincial Governors have the power to choose the PNP Provincial Director from a list of three (3) eligibles recommended by the PNP Regional Director. They are also authorized to oversee the implementation of the Provincial Public Safety Plan in their capacity as Chairman of the Provincial POC.

City and Municipal Mayors are empowered to exercise operational supervision and control over the PNP units in their respective jurisdiction; develop and establish, in coordination with the local peace and order council of which they serve as chairman, an Integrated Area/Community Public Safety Plan for implementation by the local police stations; and impose disciplinary penalties for minor offenses committed by PNP members assigned in their jurisdiction.

They are also authorized to choose the chief of police from a list of five (5) eligibles recommended by the Provincial Police Director; recommend the transfer, reassignment or detail of PNP members outside their respective city/town residences; and recommend from a list of eligibles the appointment of new PNP members to be assigned to their respective cities and municipalities.

The NAPOLCOM earlier approved the implementation of the CSOP system through the issuance of Resolution No. 2015-342 dated July 21, 2015 to enable the PNP to fully perform its third mandate which is to further strengthen local government capability aimed towards the effective delivery of the basic services to the citizenry in addition to two others which are to promote peace and order and to ensure public safety.

NAPOLCOM penalizes cops in Maguindanao massacre

December 9, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) dismissed from the service 21 respondents; suspended 11; exonerated 21; and dismissed the complaint against 9 others for lack of jurisdiction in the case against the 62 police officers involved in the Maguindanao massacre that claimed the lives of 57 victims on November 23, 2009 in Sitio Malating, Barangay Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

The 23-page NAPOLCOM Decision dated November 24, 2015 signed by the Commission en banc chaired by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento resolved the administrative case filed against the 62 police officers assigned at the various units of Police Regional Office-ARMM.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission found substantial evidence that the gruesome murders of the 57 victims on that fateful day of November 23, 2009 were carried out by Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr. and the men acting under his interest and direction.

It was also established that the respondent police officers were culpable for being co-conspirators with Datu Andal Jr. and his men, either by their direct action or inaction.

Twenty-one (21) respondents were meted the penalty of dismissal from the service, 20 of which were found guilty of Grave Misconduct and one was found guilty of Serious Neglect of Duty and Less Grave Neglect of Duty. Ordered dismissed from the service for Grave Misconduct are: P/Supt. Abusama Mundas Maguid, P/CInsp. Zukarno Adil Dicay, P/Insp. Rex Ariel Tabao Diongon, P/Insp. Michael Joy Ines Macaraeg, SPO2 Badawi Piang Bakal, SPO1 Eduardo Hermo Ong, PO3 Rasid Tolentino Anton, PO3 Felix Escala Enate Jr., PO3 Abibudin Sambuay Abdulgani, PO3 Hamad Michael Nana, PO2 Saudiar Ubo Ulah, PO2 Saudi Pompong Pasutan, PO1 Herich Manisi Amaba, PO1 Michael Juanitas Madsig, PO1 Abdullah Samma Baguadatu, PO1 Pia Sulay Kamidon, PO1 Esprilieto Giano Lejarso, PO1 Esmael Manuel Guialal, PO1 Narkou Duloan Mascud and PO1 Rainer Tan Ebus. P/Insp. Saudi Matabalao Mokamad was dismissed from the service for Serious Neglect of Duty and Less Grave Neglect of Duty.

The 20 respondents were held liable for opting to become silent spectators to a crime unfolding before their very eyes. Their inaction manifests complicity and unity of action to those who committed the abduction, and later the murders, themselves. They conspired with Andal Ampatuan Jr. and his armed men in carrying out the massacre of the 57 victims. However, P/Insp. Saudi Matabalao Mokamad was found guilty for failing to take command in an emergency when he simply dismissed the gunshots he heard instead of investigating the matter, he being the highest ranking police officer in the area. He was also held liable for his failure to inform higher officers about the gunshots he heard.

The NAPOLCOM found 11 respondents guilty of Less Grave Neglect of Duty and were ordered suspended for 59 days, as follows: SPO1 Ali Mluk Solano, PO2 Kendatu Salem Rakim, PO1 Benedick Tentiao Alfonso, PO1 Abdurahman Said Batarasa, PO1 Marjul Tarulan Julkadi, PO1 Datu Jerry Mluk Utto, PO1 Mohamad Karim Balading, PO1 Marsman Eging Nilong, PO1 Abdulmanan Lumbabao Saavedra, PO3 Felix Abado Daquilos and PO1 Jimmy Mlah Kadtong. They were held liable for paying no attention and simply ignoring the gunshots they heard 30 minutes after the convoy of the Mangudadatus passed their checkpoint.

Twenty-one (21) respondents were exonerated since the Commission found no sufficient evidence to prove their culpability, namely: P/Supt. Bahnarin Unas Kamaong, P/Supt. Abdulwahid Unas Pedtucasan, P/SInsp. Abdulgapor Benasing Abad, SPO2 George Sermonia Labayan, SPO2 Samad Usman Maguindra, SPO1 Oscar Dariua Donato, SPO1 Elizer Sarad Rendaje, SPO1 Alimola Guianaton Langalen, PO3 Gibrael Rojas Alano, PO3 Ricky Duya Balanueco, PO2 Rexson Diocolano Guiama, PO1 Amir Maliwanang Solaiman, PO1 Badjun Ibad Panegas, PO1 Sandy Diloyodin Sabang, PO1 Johann Mansal Draper, PO1 Tamano Sahibal Hadi, PO1 Ebara Guiamalon Bebot, PO1 Pendatun Ambang Dima, PO1 Michael Macapeges Macorongon and PO1 Abdulbayan Usman Mundas. PO2 Hernani Saulong Decipulo Jr. was exonerated by reason of his death.

The Commission dismissed the complaint against the following nine (9) respondents for lack of jurisdiction without prejudice to the revival of the case in the event that they will be restored to full duty status: PO2 Tanny Awal Dalgan, PO1 Ysmael Nalaunan Baraguir, PO1 Abbey Akmad Guiadem, PO1 Warden Kusain Legawan, PO1 Jonathan Solaiman Engid, PO1 Datunot Mangelen Kadir, PO1 Arnulfo Ayunan Soriano, PO1 Joharto Silongan Kamendan and PO1 Anwear Damaudtang Masukat.

“Although the NAPOLCOM found sufficient evidence to establish the liability of some of the respondents, we were constrained to dismiss the case against them because they either had gone on absence without official leave or had been dropped from the rolls prior to the institution of the administrative complaint on March 10, 2010,” Escueta said.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the joint complaint for Grave Misconduct against the 62 respondents was filed by the relatives of the media personalities and journalists who were murdered along with the relatives and supporters of then Buluan, Maguindanao Vice-Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu on November 23, 2009.

On March 12, 2010, the NAPOLCOM, through the Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service, found probable cause to commence summary dismissal proceedings against the respondents.

Immediately thereafter, the Commission created a three-member ad hoc committee that conducted clarificatory hearings to provide the respondents due process of law. The hearings lasted until 2011 to give all the respondents enough time to submit their position papers and other evidence for their defense.

“After a careful and meticulous examination of the voluminous records of the case, the NAPOLCOM determined the culpability of each of the respondents based on one’s participation or non-participation in the gruesome and senseless murders of the 57 victims in the Maguindanao massacre,” Escueta said.

Electrical Engineer tops NAPOLCOM PESE exam

December 7, 2015

P/Supt. Diomedes B. Maganto, a licensed Electrical Engineer, is this year’s topnotcher among the 102 senior police officials who passed both the written and validation interview phases of the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) process administered by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) for the third level ranks in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

This was disclosed by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta as he announced the 9th PESE Conferment Rites on December 10 which will be held at the Jesse M. Robredo Hall, DILG-NAPOLCOM Center in Quezon City, with DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

P/Supt. Maganto holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA). He is also a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in his 23 years of dedicated police service.

Prior to his present assignment as Assistant Chief of the Installations and Management Division, Communication Electronics Service (CES), PNP National Headquarters, P/Supt. Maganto served as the Chief of the Regional Communications and Electronics Office (RCEO) 1 and as Assistant Chief of the RCEO-4A.

Other PNP officials who made it to the top five of the PESE exam are as follows: P/Supt. Joan l. Montero, Assistant Chief of the Investigation and Case Monitoring Division, PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (Top 2); P/Supt. Efraim A. Camara, Chief of the Provincial Intelligence Branch, Ormin Provincial Police Office (Top 3); P/Chief Insp. Dominick S. Poblete of the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office 1 (Top 4); and P/Chief Insp. Dennis C. De Guzman, Chief of the Management Division, CES, PNP NHQ (Top 5).

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the 102 passers represent 56.04% of the 182 police officials who underwent the panel interview, which is the second and final phase of the PES Eligibility process.

The PESE which has two (2) phases, the written exam and the panel interview, is an eligibility requirement for the ranks of Police Senior Superintendent, Police Chief Superintendent, Police Director, Police Deputy Director General and Police Director General.

“The PESE tests contain analytical questions on police leadership and police values designed to select the best future leaders in the police service,” Escueta said.

The complete list of PESE conferees can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

NAPOLCOM okays activation of additional 2 Tourist Police Units

November 25, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the activation of additional two (2) Tourist Police Units (TPUs) to ensure the safety of travelers visiting the different tourist destinations in Angeles City, Pampanga and Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said that the activation of the TPUs of Angeles City Police Office and Lapu-Lapu City Police Office was approved by the Commission through Resolution No. 2015-546 dated October 30, 2015.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the TPUs are responsible for the enforcement of laws and ordinances relative to the protection of lives, properties and environment in their areas of responsibility.

“We assure both foreign and domestic tourists/travelers that the Tourist Police are always ready to serve and ensure their safety and protection while enjoying the magnificent tourist attractions in the country,” Escueta said.

The TPUs are mandated to conduct regular patrol and police visibility to ensure the safety and protection of tourists, travelers and residents within their assigned area. They are also tasked to monitor and investigate all cases involving tourists to resolve conflicts and undertake immediate appropriate action.

During emergency situations, the Tourist Police are required to secure critical areas and immediately call the participation of emergency responders. They are also tasked to assist in the conduct of emergency/disaster programs, such as search and rescue operations as well as provide cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid measures.

In conformity with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9593 otherwise known as “The Tourism Act of 2009,” the PNP has activated a total of 29 TPUs nationwide, as follows: Ilocos Norte PPO TPU (Region 1); Cagayan PPO TPU (Region 2); Zambales PPO TPU and Angeles CPO TPU (Region 3); Cavite PPO TPU and Laguna PPO TPU (Region 4A); Puerto Princesa CPO TPU, Palawan PPO TPU and Oriental Mindoro PPO TPU (Region 4B); Camarines Sur PPO TPU (Region 5); Boracay Tourist Assistance Center and Aklan PPO TPU (Region 6); Bohol PPO TPU, Lapu-Lapu CPO TPU, Cebu CPO TPU, Cebu PPO TPU and Negros Oriental PPO TPU (Region 7); Tacloban CPO TPU (Region 8); Camiguin PPO TPU and Cagayan de Oro CPO TPU (Region 10); Davao CPO TPU (Region 11); General Santos City TPU (Region 12); Surigao del Norte PPO TPU (Region 13); Baguio CPO TPU (CAR); Manila Police District TPU, Quezon City Police District TPU, Eastern Police District TPU, Northern Police District TPU and Southern Police District TPU (NCR).

NAPOLCOM okays creation of PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group

November 23, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the creation of the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG) to implement the anti-illegal drug strategy of the PNP in support of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

This was announced by Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento after the Commission issued Resolution No. 2015-547 dated October 30, 2015 which approved the establishment of the PNP-AIDG as a national operational support unit of the PNP.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the PNP-AIDG is mandated to conduct all-out and sustained operations against drug syndicates and personalities in support of the programs and thrusts of the PDEA.

The PNP-AIDG is also tasked to strengthen its operational capabilities to enhance the overall anti-illegal drugs strategy of the PNP and intensify its campaign against the production, processing, trafficking and retailing of illegal drugs.

The Commission also enjoined the PNP-AIDG to maintain linkages with other law enforcement agencies and strengthen community participation in the fight against illegal drugs.

Escueta said that the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) which was established under the Office of the Chief, PNP shall serve as a nucleus of the PNP-AIDG. Its personnel, records, equipment, facilities, funds and other resources shall be absorbed and transferred to the newly-activated PNP-AIDG.

Before the PDEA was established in 2002, the PNP had a Narcotics Unit which was mandated to enforce all laws relative to the protection of the citizenry against dangerous and other prohibited drugs and substances.

However, upon the creation of the PDEA under Republic Act No. 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” the PNP Narcotics Group was abolished.

Former DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima, in a letter to the PNP dated July 29, 2014, said that there is “nothing in RA 9165 that prohibits the PNP from setting up a permanent Narcotics Investigation and Monitoring Center (NIMC), so long as it complies with the provisions of RA 9165 on the relationship of this PNP unit to the PDEA.”

“The NAPOLCOM therefore approved the creation of the PNP-AIDG to support the PDEA in its relentless campaign to curb the proliferation of illegal drug activities in the country,” Escueta said.

SILG Sarmiento orders probe on Marikina police incident

November 12, 2015

Interior and Local Government Secretary and National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento ordered the NAPOLCOM to look into the incident involving SPO2 Manuel Laison and DZRH field reporter Edmar Estabillo inside the Marikina City Police Office on November 10, 2015.

DILG Sec. Sarmiento ordered the probe to determine the veracity of the alleged manhandling by the Marikina police on the person of Establillo while he was inside the police station and to determine if the action of SPO2 Laison warrants the imposition of an administrative sanction.

Sec. Sarmiento assured the public that the NAPOLCOM shall not tolerate any wrongdoing committed by the members of the police organization.

“The NAPOLCOM is at the forefront of its campaign for an improved police discipline and integrity and we will not tolerate police officers whose nefarious acts taint the image of the PNP,” Sec. Sarmiento said.

49.63% senior police officials pass NAPOLCOM PESE written exam; to take validation interview

November 4, 2015

A total of 133 or 49.63% of the 268 police examinees passed the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) Written Examination conducted on August 23, 2015 in Quezon City, Cebu City and Davao City.

Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said that the 133 passers are qualified to undergo the Validation Interview on November 14-15, 2015, the second and final phase of the PES eligibility process.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the 133 senior police officials who successfully passed the written phase consists of 51 Police Chief Inspectors and 82 Police Superintendents.

“The PESE is an eligibility requirement for the ranks of Police Senior Superintendent, Police Chief Superintendent, Police Director, Police Deputy Director General and Police Director General,” Escueta added.

The PESE test contains analytical questions on police leadership and police values designed to select the best future leaders in the police service.

The complete list of successful examinees can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

NAPOLCOM relieves female official in viral video

October 28, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) relieved a female official whose video of her altercation with a barangay official and two (2) police officers went viral on facebook yesterday.

Acting on the directive of NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta, NAPOLCOM-NCR Acting Regional Director Atty. Ferdaussi B. Masnar today issued a Memorandum relieving Ana Maria L. Paglinawan of her position as Acting Chief, Administrative Division, NAPOLCOM-NCR, pending investigation on the alleged incident posted in Police Digest Facebook page on October 27, 2015.

Vice-Chairman Escueta likewise ordered the creation of a team composed of senior officials from the NAPOLCOM Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service (IMIS) to conduct motu proprio investigation on the said incident.

The Commission shall validate the initial investigation report within three (3) days after its submission to the NAPOLCOM.

“We want to assure the public that the Commission shall not tolerate any wrongdoing committed by its officials and employees that may taint the good image of the NAPOLCOM,” Escueta said.

Escueta emphasized that the Commission remains steadfast in preserving the integrity of NAPOLCOM and will always take appropriate action against anyone who may try to tarnish the image of the NAPOLCOM by committing acts inappropriate of a public official.

The viral video which showed Paglinawan in a heated argument with two (2) local police officers and a barangay official of Justinville Panapaan VII, Bacoor, Cavite was uploaded by a certain Mike Almanza.

34,919 to take NAPOLCOM police exams

October 23, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will administer the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance and promotional examinations on October 25, 2015 to a total of 34,919 examinees in designated testing centers nationwide.

Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said that 14,860 will take the PNP entrance exam while 20,059 are distributed to the various promotional test categories.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that a total of 1,300 out of the 14,860 examinees for the PNP entrance test and 2,431 out of the 20,059 police examinees for promotional tests shall take the examination in the National Capital Region (NCR) testing centers, namely, Fort Bonifacio High School, Benigno Aquino High School and Pitogo High School, all in Makati City.

Escueta added that this Sunday’s examinations will cover the qualifying examination for Police Officer I and the promotional examinations for Police Officers 2 and 3; Senior Police Officer (for SPO1 to SPO4); Police Inspector (for Inspector and Senior Inspector); and Police Superintendent (for Chief Inspector and Superintendent).

Examinees are scheduled to proceed to their respective testing centers in the cities of Makati, San Fernando (La Union), Tuguegarao, Angeles (Pampanga), Cabanatuan, Malolos (Bulacan), Aurora (Baler), Tarlac, Calamba, Bacoor, Calapan, Legazpi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Pagadian, Dipolog, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Mati (Davao), Koronadal, Baguio, Butuan and Cotabato.

“The Commission requires all examinees to strictly observe the dress code in reporting to the examination centers. Applicants for the PNP entrance test should wear plain white T-shirt/polo shirt, dark pants and shoes while those who will take the promotional tests are required to wear GOA Type B (in field cap, no awards/medals, only accoutrements) or the PNP Patrol Shirt. Examinees NOT in the prescribed attire will not be allowed to enter the examination center,” Escueta said.

Examinees are reminded to bring their notice of admission, pencil no. 2, black ball pen and any valid identification card with picture and signature. They are also strictly prohibited to bring inside the testing center cellular phones, electronic gadgets, pagers or any two-way radio set, calculators, review materials, explosives, firearms or deadly weapons.

Director Josephmar B. Gil, NAPOLCOM Acting Personnel and Administrative Service Chief, said that examinees who will be caught in possession of cellular phones/electronic gadgets shall be automatically disqualified and, after due investigation, shall be directed to leave the exam center immediately. Regional/Provincial testing centers shall not accept firearms for deposit or safekeeping.

He also warns examinees from committing any form of cheating. Civilian examinees shall be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance exam while police examinees shall be charged with dishonesty and, if found guilty, be meted the penalty of dismissal from the service.

NAPOLCOM recommends promotion of PDIR Uyami to 3-star general, PCSUPT Pagdilao to 2-star, 2 others to 1-star

October 21, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion of Police Director Francisco Uyami, Jr. to Police Deputy Director General (PDDG), a rank equivalent to three-star general in the military.

Interior and Local Government Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento said that P/Director Uyami is presently designated as Acting Chief of the Directorial Staff, the fourth highest position in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that with the proposed promotion of P/Director Uyami, the PNP shall now have three (3) Police Deputy Director Generals, thus, completing the required number of police officials with three-star rank.

The other two (2) PNP officials who are three-star generals are PDDG Marcelo Garbo, Jr., the Deputy Chief for Administration (DCA), and PDDG Danilo Constantino, the Deputy Chief for Operations (DCO). The DCA and DCO are the second and third in command in the PNP, respectively.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the Commission also recommended the promotion of Police Chief Superintendent Joel Pagdilao, Acting Regional Director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), to the two-star rank of Police Director.

Also recommended for promotion to Police Chief Superintendent, equivalent to one-star general, were Police Senior Superintendent Romeo Ver, Acting Executive Officer of the Directorate for Intelligence, and Police Senior Superintendent Elmer Jamias, Acting District Director of the Eastern Police District, NCRPO.

The NAPOLCOM issued four (4) separate Resolutions recommending to President Aquino the promotion to star-rank positions of the above senior PNP officials after the Chief, PNP Police Director General Ricardo Marquez recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

NAPOLCOM recommends to PNoy promotion of 2 senior PNP officials to two-star rank, 2 to one-star rank, 11 others

October 1, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion of P/Chief Supt. Jonathan Ferdinand Miano and P/Chief Supt. Isagani Nerez to Police Director (equivalent to two-star General in the military). Miano is currently the Acting Director for Operations while Nerez is the Acting Director for Integrated Police Operations-Eastern Mindanao.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General) of P/Sr. Supt. Dennis Siervo, Acting Chief, Human Rights Affairs Office, Office of the Chief, PNP; and P/Sr. Supt. Wilson Caubat, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Northern Luzon.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Aquino their promotions after the then PNP OIC Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

The Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Senior Superintendent (equivalent to Colonel) of 11 Police Superintendents, as follows: PSupt. Tranquilino Araral III, Acting Batallion Commander, Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB), PRO 8; PSupt. Matthew Baccay, Acting Chief, Regional Comptrollership Division, PRO-ARMM; PSupt. Job Russel Balaquit, Acting Chief, Community Assistance Development Division, Police Community Relations Group (PCRG); PSupt. Melchor Cabalza III, Acting Chief, Camp Security and Escort Unit, Headquarters Support Service (HSS); PSupt. Rolando Destura, Acting Battalion Commander, RPSB, PRO 10; PSupt. Thomas Frias, Jr., Acting Chief, Regional Logistics Division, PRO4B; PSupt. Angeles Geñorga, Jr., Acting Chief, Operations Management Division, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG); PSupt. Joel Limson, Acting Chief, Regional Intelligence Division, PRO-ARMM; PSupt. John Roderick Morales, Acting Chief, Regional Police Community Relations Division, PRO-ARMM; PSupt. Niño David Rabaya, Acting Chief, Administrative and Resource Management Division, CIDG; PSupt. Nicolas Salvador, Acting Chief, Regional Secretary of the Directorial Staff, NCRPO; and PSupt. Marlon Tayaba, Acting Chief, Investigation Division, CIDG.

NAPOLCOM PHOTO RELEASE: 49TH NAPOLCOM ANNIVERSARY AWARDEES

September 8, 2015

 

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today celebrates its 49th Founding Anniversary with Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao (in white barong), Chairman of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia and NAPOLCOM Advisory Council for Transformation, respectively, as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

He is joined by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman Eduardo Escueta (in polo barong) and (from left) Commissioners Luisito Palmera, Alejandro Urro and Constancia De Guzman in the presentation of awards to the community partners, NAPOLCOM test consultant and best performing employees.

The Commission awards certificates of recognition to Parole and Probation Administration Director Edita K. Buemio (not in photo) and Retired JCSupt. Doris Remedios-Dorigo (in peach dress) for their invaluable contribution as members of the Technical Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and in grateful acknowledgment of their continued cooperation and support to the successful implementation of the government’s crime prevention policies and criminal justice program.

Ms. Ellen C. Gran (in purple dress) of the Crusade Against Violence is also recognized for her unyielding dedication and significant contribution to the crime prevention programs of the government as member of the Technical Working Committee of the National Crime Prevention Week.

P/Sr. Supt. William S. Macavinta (in police uniform), Chief of the Crime Analysis Center, Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management and member of the NAPOLCOM Test Development Committee and Police Executive Service Eligibility-Test Development Committee, is also an awardee for sharing his expertise in the development of test items for the PNP Entrance and Promotional examinations and PESE examination.

Certificates of recognition are also given to NAPOLCOM Model Employees for serving the Commission with the highest degree of professional rectitude and to 27 employees for having served the NAPOLCOM with utmost dedication and loyalty for the past 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 and 45 years.

NAPOLCOM honors community partners, test consultant, loyalty and model employees on its 49thAnniversary

September 7, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will celebrate its 49th Founding Anniversary on September 8, 2015 in its main office in Quezon City which will be highlighted by the conferment of awards and commendations to community partners, test consultant, loyalty and model employees.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the anniversary program will start with the celebration of the holy mass at 9:00 a.m. to be followed by the awarding ceremonies at 10:00 in the morning.

Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao, Chairman, Institute for Solidarity in Asia and Chairman, NAPOLCOM Advisory Council for Transformation, will be the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

He will be joined by Vice-Chairman Escueta and Commissioners Luisito Palmera, Alejandro Urro and Constancia De Guzman in the presentation of awards to the community partners, NAPOLCOM test consultant and best performing employees.

The Commission will award certificates of recognition to Parole and Probation Administration Director Edita K. Buemio and Retired JCSupt. Doris Remedios-Dorigo for their invaluable contribution as members of the Technical Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and in grateful acknowledgment of their continued cooperation and support to the successful implementation of the government’s crime prevention policies and criminal justice program.

Ms. Ellen C. Gran of the Crusade Against Violence will also be recognized for her unyielding dedication and significant contribution to the crime prevention programs of the government as member of the Technical Working Committee of the National Crime Prevention Week.

Also to be awarded is P/Sr. Supt. William S. Macavinta, Chief of the Crime Analysis Center, Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management and member of the NAPOLCOM Test Development Committee and Police Executive Service Eligibility-Test Development Committee, for sharing his expertise in the development of test items for the PNP Entrance and Promotional examinations and PESE examination.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the Commission will likewise give commendation to NAPOLCOM Model Employees for serving the Commission with the highest degree of professional rectitude.

“The Commission recognizes their hard work, perseverance and outstanding performance of their functions and responsibilities, thereby earning the respect and admiration of their co-workers,” Escueta said.

Certificates of recognition will also be given to 27 employees for having served the NAPOLCOM with utmost dedication and loyalty for the past 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 and 45 years.

“We take pride in giving awards and commendations to the deserving rank-and-file employees and supervisors of the Commission in recognition of their commendable performance as public servants,” Escueta said.

The anniversary celebration will also be highlighted by the audio-video presentation on Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) and the launching of CSOP poster-making, logo-making and slogan-making contests.

NAPOLCOM recommends to PNoy promotionof 1 senior PNP official to two-star rank, 3 to one-star rank, 8 others

Sept 04, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion of Police Chief Superintendent Danilo Pelisco to Police Director (equivalent to two-star General in the military). Pelisco is currently the Acting Director for Comptrollership of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General) of three (3) Police Senior Superintendents, as follows: P/Sr. Supt. Edward Carranza, Acting Deputy Director, Special Action Force; P/Sr. Supt. Samuel Sylim, Acting Deputy Director, Civil Security Group; and P/Sr. Supt. Eduardo Serapio Garado, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, PRO Calabarzon.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Aquino their promotions after the then PNP OIC Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

The Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Senior Superintendent (equivalent to Colonel) of eight (8) Police Superintendents, as follows: PSupt. Adriano Enong, Jr., Acting Chief, Regional Operations and Plans Division (ROPD), PRO3; PSupt. Leonidas Castillo, Acting Chief, Regional Headquarters Support Group, PRO 5; PSupt. Reynaldo Padulla, Acting Chief, Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD), PRO 10; PSupt. Antony Maghari, Acting Chief, RIDMD, PRO13; PSupt. Constancio Chinayog, Jr., Acting Chief, ROPD, PRO Cordillera; PSupt. Siegfredo Ramos, Jr., Acting Chief, ROPD, PRO-ARMM; PSupt. Oscar Nantes, Acting Batallion Commander, Regional Public Safety Batallion, PRO-ARMM; and PSupt. Rex Urbano, Acting Deputy Regional Director, Regional Internal Affairs Service.

NAPOLCOM leads NCPW kickoff activity; launches CSOP in five districts of the NCRPO

August 31, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will hold a simultaneous kickoff activity in five (5) police districts of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO), Philippine National Police (PNP) on September 1 signaling the start of the 21st National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) celebration with the theme “Krimen ay Tuldukan, Karapatan ay Igalang.”

The participating police districts are Southern Police District (Ususan, Taguig City), Quezon City Police District (Culiat, Quezon City), Eastern Police District (Marikina City), Northern Police District (Malinta, Valenzuela City), and Manila Police District (Malate, Manila).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the launching of the Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) System as crime prevention strategy in selected locations in the five districts of the NCRPO during their respective flag raising ceremony will be highlighted by the simultaneous blowing of whistles, which is a symbolic gesture of the united commitment of the students, barangay and police in helping the government in its crime prevention efforts.

Escueta said that this year’s observance is geared towards the adoption of the CSOP system that will serve as the foundation and backbone of crime prevention and effective community policing in the country.

“The CSOP system is about building collaborative partnership between the law enforcement agencies, local chief executives (LCEs) and community in promoting peace and order, ensuring public safety and further strengthening the local government capability for the effective delivery of basic services to the citizenry,” Escueta said.

Recognizing that keeping the communities safe is not just the responsibility of the police, one of the primary objectives of the celebration is to strengthen the support of local chief executives since crime prevention and community policing are more effective when performed as a shared responsibility between the police and LCEs with the participation of the community.

“To do this, the PNP and NAPOLCOM shall work towards providing adequate funding for personnel complement, training and logistical support to the police stations since police station is the face and image of the PNP in the locality for it is where basic police services are felt and experienced by the community,” Escueta said.

Escueta emphasized that it is important that the thrust of modernization and professionalization of the PNP should be at the city/municipal police station levels.

The NAPOLCOM, through the NCPW Technical Working Committee composed representatives from government agencies and nongovernment organizations, has jumpstarted the 2015 NCPW celebration on August 23 with a series of TV and radio guestings.

The group will distribute IEC materials on crime prevention tips in LRT/MRT stations and will utilize electronic billboards for information campaign. Other activities to be conducted are the Awareness Drive on Crime Prevention/Student Crime Prevention Council at various schools in Metro Manila on September 3; Conference on Community and Service-Oriented Policing at the PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame, Quezon City on September 7; and Debate Contest for students from law schools in Metro Manila on September 21.

“The Commission has continuously pursued and is earnestly exerting efforts for implementing a unified approach involving all sectors and spheres of Philippine society to effectively deter crime and confident that with the support of the LCEs and the community, the CSOP system will work and promote socio-economic development,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM confirms special promotion of SAF survivors of Mamasapano clash

August 11, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) confirmed the special meritorious promotion of the 29 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) for demonstrating acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry in action at the risk of their lives over and beyond the call of duty during an armed encounter on January 25, 2015 at Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

This was announced by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mar Roxas after the Commission approved the promotion to the next higher rank of 29 SAF members following the recommendation made by then PNP Officer-In-Charge, Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina, for the grant of the special promotion.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the 29 operating personnel served the warrants of arrest against Zulkifli Bin Hir a.k.a. Marwan and Basit Usman in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao where they encountered 700 fully armed men who were later identified as members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and private armed groups (PAGs) which resulted in the killing of 44 SAF Troopers and the wounding of 15 others. The operation resulted in the successful neutralization of Marwan.

The 29 SAF members who were promoted to the next higher rank are as follows: PSINSP Rix Villareal, PINSP Recaredo Marasigan, SPO4 Bill Fernando Jumalon, SPO2 Hamidhan Tebbeng, SPO1 Allan Franco, SPO1 Ryan Temporada, SPO1 Reunaldo Tubog, PO3 Rommelo Magno, PO3 Darwin Rama, PO3 Arnil Ruiz, PO3 Albinar Samson, PO3 Juanito Yogyog, PO2 Solomon Agayso, PO2 Adolfo Andrada, PO2 Dioscoro Basanez, PO2 Carlos Bocaig, PO2 Ard Dulnuan, PO2 Christopher Lalan, PO2 Dominick Likingan, PO2 Jovalyn Lozano, PO2 Jose Mana-Ar, Jr., PO2 Anson Posot, PO2 Warither Jay Rebucas, PO1 Clifford Agayyong, PO1 Victory Fernandez, PO1 John Mariel Galvo, PO1 Eugene Macasasa, PO1 Yaulamidin Reniedo, and PO1 Jessie Surio.

“The courage displayed by these valiant police officers earned themselves not only the admiration of the members of the PNP but also of the people they had sworn to serve,” Escueta said.

Under Section 38 (b) of RA 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of RA 8551, any uniformed member of the PNP who has exhibited acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty shall be promoted to the next higher rank, provided, that such acts shall be validated by the Commission based on established criteria.

NAPOLCOM recommends promotion of senior PNP official to two-star rank, 5 others to star rank; confirms appointment of 218 Cadets of PNPA Class 2015

July 29, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion of Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria to Police Director (equivalent to two-star General in the military). Soria is currently the Acting Director of Civil Security Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General) of five (5) Police Senior Superintendents, as follows: P/Sr. Supt. Melvin Ramon Garrido Buenafe, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Personnel and Records Management; P/Sr. Supt. Gilbert Caasi Sosa, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Information and Communications Technology Management; P/Sr. Supt. Philip Gil Mallare Phillipps, Acting Director, Headquarters Support Service; P/Sr. Supt. Elmo Francis Oco Sarona, Acting Chief, Firearms and Explosive Office, Civil Security Group; and P/Sr. Supt. Agripino Gonzales Javier, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations - Western Mindanao.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Aquino their promotion to star rank positions after the then Officer-in-Charge, PNP Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

Meanwhile, the NAPOLCOM issued Resolution No. 2015-292 dated July 8, 2015 confirming the appointment of 218 Cadets of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) “Lakandula” Class of 2015 as Police Inspector after they signified their intention to join the PNP.

Escueta said that the PNP shall immediately prepare their appointment for submission to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for attestation.

NAPOLCOM opens on-line scheduling for October 2015 PNP exams

July 29, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today announced that the enhanced On-Line Examination Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) will be activated in the websites www.napolcom.gov.ph or www.napolcom-oleass.com on August 3 – 7, 2015 for the police entrance exam, August 10 – 14, 2015 for the Police Officer (PO) exam and August 17 – 21, 2015 for the Senior Police Officer (SPO), Inspector (INSP) and Superintendent (SUPT) exams in time for the nationwide conduct of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations on October 25, 2015.

The OLEASS systematizes the scheduling of the processing of exam applications at the NAPOLCOM NCR Office and the other 16 regional offices nationwide. The period of filing of application is from August 31 – September 25, 2015.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the OLEASS shall be opened at 12:00 NN onwards on August 3 for the entrance exam, August 10 for the PO exam and August 17 for the SPO, INSP and SUPT exams. Acceptance of applications shall be on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and, upon due notice, may be stopped even ahead of the deadline.

Escueta added that in view of resource constraints, the NAPOLCOM Regional Offices reserve the right to limit the number of examinees they will accommodate.

“The examination center where the applicant shall take the exam is automatically assigned by the computer system based on the home address or unit of assignment provided by the applicant,” Escueta said.

He also said that only applicants with a confirmed scheduled appointment with reference number shall be entertained.

The PNP Entrance Examination is open to all Filipino citizens who are not more than 30 years old, bachelor’s degree holder, and 1.57 meters (female) and 1.62 meters (male) in height.

“Police Officers I (PO1) whose appointments are temporary for lack of appropriate eligibility are also required to take the PNP Entrance Examination,” Escueta said.

On the other hand, the Promotional Examinations are open exclusively to all qualified uniformed members of the PNP who meet the minimum qualification standards for examination in terms of rank and eligibility.

Application forms and index cards can be obtained for free at any NAPOLCOM Regional Office nationwide. They may also be downloaded from www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Civilian applicants must bring the printed letter-reply/corresponding reference number confirming the scheduled appointment; two recent, identical and color 1”x1” ID pictures with white background and complete name tag (for PNP members, the name tag should indicate the rank before the name); one legal size window envelope with P15 worth of mailing stamp; transcript of scholastic record with Special Order issued by CHED or diploma; and birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar or National Statistics Office (NSO). For a PO1 with temporary appointment, a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or Special Order is also required for submission.

Applicants for the Promotional Examinations should submit the first three requirements mentioned above; a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or PNP Absorption Order; and a Report of Rating/Certification issued by the NAPOLCOM Central Office, CSC Certificate of Eligibility and/or PRC Board Certificate.

Escueta pointed out that only duly accomplished application forms with all the required documents filed personally and received by the NAPOLCOM Regional Office on or before the deadline for filing shall be accepted. Applications received through postal mail shall not be processed.

Applicants who failed in these examinations and decided to apply again for the same test category in the same exam center shall submit only the Admission Slip of the last exam applied for; fill out a new application form and index card with ID pictures; and pay the examination fee.

Examination fee is P400 for the PNP Entrance and Police Officer Examinations; P450 for Senior Police Officer Examination; P500 for Police Inspector Examination; and P600 for Police Superintendent Examination.

The coverage for the PNP Entrance Examination consists of general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning; while the PNP Promotional Examinations include general information, police administration and operations, and police customs and traditions/values and ethical standards.

The NAPOLCOM issued Memorandum Circular No. 2013-007 last October 30, 2013 to deter examinees from committing any form of cheating.

“Civilian examinees shall now be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance examination instead of just barring them from taking the said exam for a period of three (3) years. In addition, if these anomalous acts were committed by a police officer, he/she shall be charged with dishonesty and, if found guilty, be meted the penalty of dismissal from the service,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM empowers PNP as partner in community development

July 24, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) en banc headed by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas, who is also the concurrent NAPOLCOM Chairman, approved Resolution No. 2015-342 dated July 21, 2015 empowering the Philippine National Police (PNP) to perform its role as a community and service-oriented agency through the adoption of the Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) system.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the CSOP system, as the foundation of community-oriented policing and crime prevention strategy in the country, shall bolster community and service-oriented activities in the locality and thereby gain the trust and support of the local government and the community towards better cooperation and coordination for local development.

The CSOP system shall enable the PNP to fully perform its third mandate which is to further strengthen local government capability aimed towards the effective delivery of the basic services to the citizenry in addition to two others which are to promote peace and order and to ensure public safety.

“The faithful compliance by the PNP with its third mandate will bring the police closer to the community and the PNP will be regarded by the people as partner in community development,” Escueta said.

Escueta added that the CSOP system shall be undertaken through the collaboration and cooperation of the local executives, the citizenry, and the integrated law enforcement agencies by way of program or project complementation and sharing of funds, personnel and logistics.

The Local Chief Executives, as deputies of the NAPOLCOM, shall formulate and adopt a mechanism for the collaboration and cooperation involving the local executives, citizenry and law enforcement agencies as well as other agencies existing and operating in the locality.

Escueta said that the enhanced framework of the CSOP system is currently being pilot tested in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The CSOP is in line with the government’s major reforms in strengthening the justice system and the rule of law in the country through the assistance of the European Union under the EU-Philippines Justice Support Programme II (EPJUST II).

NAPOLCOM: police exams post highest passing rate

July 23, 2015

More than half of the examinees of the police tests administered by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) hurdled the April 26, 2015 promotional examinations, the highest passing rate in 24 years.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta following the release of the list of successful examinees in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations conducted nationwide.

“The 51.16% passing rate in the promotional exams is the highest recorded passing percentage since 1991 when the Commission started administering the police exams pursuant to the provisions of R.A. 6975 (PNP Law),” Escueta said.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that of the 21,650 police examinees who took the promotional tests, 11,077 (51.16%) passed. The passing percentage rates per exam category are as follows: for Police Officer Exam, 57.75% (6,271 of 10,859 examinees); for Senior Police Officer Exam, 44.54% (4,253 of 9,548 examinees); for Inspector Exam, 33.78% (329 of 974 examinees); and for Superintendent Exam, 83.27% (224 of 269 examinees).

Escueta emphasized that such significant increase may be attributed to the test questions taken mostly from the Police Operational Procedure (POP) Manual 2013 which should serve as the bible for all police officers so that they may know their duties and perform them efficiently.

Another contributing factor, according to Escueta, is the conduct of continuing review classes for police officers initiated by some police regional and provincial offices.

In the PNP entrance examination, a requirement for initial appointment to the rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1), only 2,110 or 16.33% of the 12,923 examinees passed, which is 4.17% lower than the 20.50% passing rate in the November 2014 entrance test.

The list of successful examinees is now posted at the 7th floor, NAPOLCOM central office located at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, NAPOLCOM Bldg., Edsa Corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City and at all 17 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices, and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph. Individual reports of rating will be mailed to all examinees. Verification of test results is being entertained at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide.

NAPOLCOM recommends to PNoy promotion of incoming PNP Chief Marquez to four-star general

July 16, 2015

Following the announcement by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas of the appointment of Police Director Ricardo Cornejo Marquez as the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III his promotion to the highest rank of Police Director General.

This was disclosed by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta after the NAPOLCOM en banc signed Resolution No. 2015-304 dated July 14, 2015 recommending to President Aquino the designation of Police Director Marquez as Chief, PNP and his promotion to four-star General.

Marquez who is presently designated as Chief of the Directorate for Operations will replace Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, Officer-in-Charge of the PNP, upon his compulsory retirement on July 19, 2015.

“The NAPOLCOM has determined that there is no legal impediment to the designation of Police Director Marquez to the position of Chief, PNP and his promotion to the highest rank of Police Director General,” Escueta said.

He added that the Commission also certifies that Police Director Marquez meets all the requirements for designation to the position of Chief, PNP.

Section 26 of Republic Act No. 6975 (PNP Law) provides that the Chief of the PNP shall be appointed by the President from among the senior officers down to the rank of Police Chief Superintendent.

“The same provision further specifies that the Chief of the PNP shall serve a term of office not to exceed for (4) years,” Escueta said.

All surviving children of PNP personnel to receive NAPOLCOM scholarship benefits

June 5, 2015

All surviving children of deceased or permanently incapacitated members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) shall now enjoy the scholarship assistance benefits being administered by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM).

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta following the issuance of Memorandum Circular No. 2015-002 dated April 13, 2015 which expands the coverage of the scholarship benefit.

Under the revised memo circular, the NAPOLCOM scholarship assistance shall be granted to both the legitimate and illegitimate children of deceased or permanently incapacitated PNP personnel. Before the approval of this memorandum, only the legitimate children can avail of the scholarship.

“The Commission recently issued Memorandum Circular No. 2015-001 increasing the scholarship benefits which now cover the K to 12 Program or the enhanced basic education program,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM scholars are now entitled to receive the maximum amount for tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses, as follows: ₱10,000 per school year for Kindergarten scholar; ₱18,000 per school year for Elementary scholar; ₱24,000 per school year for Secondary Education scholar; ₱18,000 per semester for Vocational scholar; and ₱30,000 per semester for College scholar.

Vice Chairman Escueta said that the Commission shall release the scholarship assistance either through reimbursement or direct payment to the school where the NAPOLCOM scholar is enrolled.

Escueta explained that Republic Act No. 6963 entitled “An Act Granting Special Financial Assistance and Benefits to the Family or Beneficiary of any Police or Military Personnel or Fireman Killed or Permanently Incapacitated while in the Performance of his Duty or By Reason of His Office or Position and for Other Purposes” provides for two (2) types of benefits: 1) special financial assistance to the family or beneficiary of the deceased or permanently incapacitated police personnel and 2) scholarship assistance to all surviving children of the said PNP member.

The special financial benefits, such as gratuity equivalent to one (1) year salary, monthly survivorship pension for five (5) years equivalent to 80% of the decedent’s basic monthly pay, and burial expenses equivalent to three (3) months basic salary shall be exclusively enjoyed by the surviving legal spouse and legitimate children of the concerned police personnel.

NAPOLCOM opens applications for Police Executive Service exam

June 5, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today announced that the filing of applications for the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) Written Examination for Police Commissioned Officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) shall be on June 15 to July 31, 2015.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the PESE Written Examination, which will be conducted on August 23, 2015 in Quezon City, Cebu City and Davao City, is open to qualified uniformed members of the PNP with the ranks of Police Chief Inspector and above with permanent status of appointment.

Escueta said that the PESE is an eligibility requirement for promotion to the third level ranks of Police Senior Superintendent, Police Chief Superintendent, Police Director, Police Deputy Director General and Police Director General.

The PESE Written Examination focuses on six (6) categories, namely, job knowledge, leadership competency, communication skills, analytical/logical reasoning, values and emotional quotient.

“The PESE eligibility process has two phases – Written Examination and Validation Interview, and contains analytical questions on police leadership and police values in order to get the best future leaders or the cream of the crop in the police service,” Escueta said.

He added that passers of the Written Examination are eligible to take the second phase which shall be announced after the release of the Written Examination results.

Application forms and index cards can be obtained for free at the NAPOLCOM Central Office or at any NAPOLCOM Regional Office nationwide. They may also be downloaded fromwww.napolcom.gov.ph.Examination fee is Php 700.00.

Qualified applicants must file their application forms personally or by mail at any of the 17 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices nationwide. They must bring the following documents: (1) properly accomplished Written Examination Form and index card; (2) three pieces latest identical I.D. pictures (one 1 x 1 size and two passport size) with full name tag that includes the First Name, Middle Initial and Surname taken within three months before the date of filing of the application. Pictures that are scanned, photocopied or computer enhanced will not be accepted; (3) two legal size window envelopes with Php 15.00 worth of mailing stamp affixed on each envelope; (4) service record; and (5) copy of attested appointment (KSS Porma Bldg. 33).

NAPOLCOM recommends promotion of P/Dir. Constantino to three-star general

June 2, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion of Police Director Danilo Santos Constantino to Police Deputy Director General (PDDG), a rank equivalent to three-star general in the military. NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that P/Director Constantino is presently designated as Acting Chief of the Directorial Staff, the fourth highest position in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“With the proposed promotion of P/Director Constantino, the PNP will now have three (3) Police Deputy Director Generals, thus, completing the required number of police officials with three-star ranks,” Escueta said.

The other two (2) PNP officials who are three-star generals are PDDG Leonardo A. Espina, the Deputy Chief for Administration (DCA) and concurrent Officer-in-Charge of the PNP, and PDDG Marcelo P. Garbo Jr., the Deputy Chief for Operations (DCO). The DCA and DCO are the second and third in command in the PNP, respectively.

The NAPOLCOM issued Resolution No. 2015-167 dated May 28, 2015 recommending to President Aquino the promotion of P/Director Constantino to three-star rank after the Officer-in-Charge, PNP recommended his promotion and certified that he meets all the requirements for promotion.

On April 14, 2015, the NAPOLCOM confirmed the designation of Constantino as Acting Chief of the Directorial Staff through Resolution No. 2015-113; while the designation of Espina and Garbo as DCA and DCO, respectively, was confirmed through Resolution No. 2015-112 issued on the same date.

NAPOLCOM recommends to PNoy the promotion of SAF Chief Lazo to two-star general, 6 others

May 20, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion of one (1) Police Chief Superintendent to Police Director, five (5) Police Senior Superintendents to Police Chief Superintendent and one (1) Police Superintendent to Police Senior Superintendent.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission recommended to President Aquino the promotion of P/Chief Supt. Moro Virgilio Mandac Lazo to Police Director (equivalent to two-star General in the military). Lazo is presently the Acting Director of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP SAF).

The Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General) of five (5) Police Senior Superintendents, as follows: P/Sr. Supt. Buenaventura Mercado Viray, Jr., Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Research and Development; P/Sr. Supt. Rosauro Ventura Acio, Acting Chief, Women and Children Protection Center, Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management; P/Sr. Supt. Noel Alvarez Baraceros, Acting Director, Center for Police Strategy Management, Office of the Chief, PNP; P/Sr. Supt. Benjamin Tomas Hulipas, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Police Regional Office 1; and P/Sr. Supt. Rudy Gamido Lacadin, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Plans.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Aquino their promotion to star rank positions after the Officer-In-Charge, PNP Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

The Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Senior Superintendent (equivalent to Colonel) of P/Supt. Arnold Martinez Aguilar, Acting Chief, Aviation Security Unit 10, Aviation Security Group.

NAPOLCOM to pilot test community and service-oriented policing system in Puerto Princesa City

May 15, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) is set to implement a new policing system dubbed as Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) to ensure safe, secure and productive communities. The project is in collaboration with the European Union under the EU-Philippines Justice Support Programme II (EPJUST II).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the CSOP which is intended to improve proactive and problem-solving approach by the police, local executives and the citizenry in addressing crime and public safety concerns shall be pilot tested in Puerto Princesa City this year.

“This approach will facilitate the transition from traditional reactive incident-driven model of policing to a proactive style of policing which seeks to identify and dynamically resolve community and development problems,” Escueta said.

The enhanced framework of CSOP aims to build and strengthen collaborative partnerships between the police, community and local executives to promote peace and order, ensure public safety and strengthen local government for the effective delivery of basic services to the citizenry.

Recently, the NAPOLCOM, Puerto Princesa City local government and police officials and EPJUST II experts conducted a community dialogue to identify peace and order and public safety concerns in the city. The dialogue focused on the development of solutions to the problems of crime, fear of crime, and improving the delivery of basic services.

NAPOLCOM Commissioner Constancia P. De Guzman outlined the benefits of the CSOP programme to the community and in the maintenance of peace and order in the locality. Police and Criminal Justice experts from EPJUST II, Ms. Pamela Fahey and Mr. Bo Astrom, presented the general concept of community-oriented policing.

The CSOP is in line with the government’s major reforms in the field of justice and rule of law through the assistance of the European Union under the EPJUST II dubbed as “Justice for All: Enhancing Accessibility, Fighting Impunity.” The programme aims to promote equitable access to justice for the poor and disadvantaged people and of impunity for major crimes, particularly extra-judicial killing and enforced disappearances.

“As one of the implementing agencies of the programme, the NAPOLCOM is tasked to develop, manage and implement an enhanced community-policing strategy,” Escueta said.

35,674 to take NAPOLCOM police exams

April 24, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will administer the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance and promotional examinations on April 26, 2015 to a total of 35,674 examinees in designated testing centers nationwide.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that 13,334 will take the PNP entrance examination while 22,340 are distributed to the various promotional test categories.

A total of 1,343 out of the 13,334 examinees for the PNP entrance test and 2,719 out of the 22,340 police examinees for promotional tests shall take the PNP exams in the National Capital Region (NCR) testing centers, namely, Pitogo High School, Benigno Aquino High School and Fort Bonifacio High School, all in Makati City.

Vice-Chairman Escueta added that this Sunday’s examinations will cover the qualifying examination for Police Officer I and the promotional examinations for Police Officers 2 and 3; Senior Police Officer (for SPO1 to SPO4); Police Inspector (for Inspector and Senior Inspector); and Police Superintendent (for Chief Inspector and Superintendent).

“The PNP entrance examination consists of questions on general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning; while the promotional examinations include general information, police administration and operations, and police customs and tradition/values and ethical standards,” Escueta said.

Director Josephmar B. Gil, NAPOLCOM Acting Personnel and Administrative Service Chief, said that the examinees are scheduled to proceed to their respective testing centers in the cities of Makati, San Fernando (La Union), Tuguegarao, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Calamba, Cavite, Palawan, Legazpi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Pagadian, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Koronadal, Butuan and Baguio and the provinces of Mindoro, Romblon and Marinduque.

“The Commission requires all examinees to strictly observe the dress code in reporting to the examination centers. Applicants for the PNP Entrance examination should wear plain white T-shirt/polo shirt, dark pants and shoes while those who will take the promotional examinations are required to wear GOA Type B (in field cap, no awards/medals, only accoutrements) or the Patrol Shirt,” Director Gil said.

He likewise stressed that examinees NOT in the prescribed attire will not be allowed to enter the examination center.

Director Gil also reminded the examinees to bring their notice of admission, pencil no. 2, black ball pen and any valid identification card with picture and signature. Examinees are also strictly prohibited to bring inside the testing center cellular phones, electronic gadgets, pagers or any two-way radio set, calculators, review materials, explosives, firearms or deadly weapons.

“The Commission issued a Memorandum regarding the strict implementation of the “No Cellular Phone and Electronic Gadget” and “No Firearms” policies. Examinees who will be caught in possession of cellular phones/electronic gadgets shall be automatically disqualified and, after due investigation, shall be directed to leave the exam center immediately.

Regional/Provincial testing centers shall not accept firearms for deposit or safekeeping,” Director Gil stressed.

He also underscored that the NAPOLCOM issued Memorandum Circular No. 2013-007 last October 30, 2013 to deter examinees from committing any form of cheating.

“Civilian examinees shall now be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance examination instead of just barring them from taking the said exam for a period of three (3) years. In addition, if these anomalous acts were committed by a police officer, he/she shall be charged with dishonesty and, if found guilty, be meted the penalty of dismissal from the service,” Gil said.

NAPOLCOM designates PNP’s No. 2 and 3 men; one other as OIC of Directorial Staff

April 22, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) confirmed the designation of Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina as Deputy Chief for Administration (DCA) while he continues to perform, in a concurrent capacity, his designation as Officer-in-Charge of the Philippine National Police (PNP). The DCA is the second in command in the PNP.

The Commission also designated Police Deputy Director General Marcelo P. Garbo Jr. as Deputy Chief for Operations (DCO), third in command in the PNP, the position formerly held by PDDG Espina.

Police Director Danilo S. Constantino, former Chief of the PNP Directorate for Police-Community Relations (DPCR), was designated as Officer-in-Charge, Office of the Chief of the Directorial Staff, the fourth highest position in the PNP. Said position was vacated by PDDG Garbo.

The designation of Espina and Garbo, both three-star generals, was confirmed by the Commission through Resolution No. 2015-112 while the designation of Constantino, a two-star general, was approved under Resolution No. 2015-113. Both resolutions were issued on April 14, 2015.

“The NAPOLCOM’s confirmation of the designation of the three (3) top ranking police officials was made after the PNP Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board (SOPPB) recommended and certified that they meet all the requirements for designation to positions of higher responsibility in the PNP,” Escueta said.

PDDG Espina was designated as OIC of the PNP under NAPOLCOM Resolution No. 2014-256 dated December 10, 2015. The Commission issued Resolution No. 2015-002 on January 6, 2015 approving the delegated authority of Espina as OIC-PNP and, more recently, Resolution No. 2015-106 on March 26, 2015 expanding his authority as OIC of the PNP.

Escueta said that the approval of OIC Espina’s delegated authority is necessary in order to achieve, efficient, effective and responsive operations of the PNP, thereby avoiding undue delay in the performance of the day-to-day activities of the police organization.

DILG and NAPOLCOM warn public of spurious groups soliciting donations for “SAF 44”

April 20, 2015

The Department and Interior and Local Government and the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) warned the public against spurious groups allegedly soliciting donations through text messages for the families of “SAF 44”, even mentioning the names of the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (SILG) and the Secretary of the National Defense (SND) to make the scam more credible.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta after the DILG issued a Memorandum categorically denying any involvement in such solicitation activity.

In the said Memorandum, the DILG said that is does not authorize anybody to solicit donations on its behalf nor encourage any form of solicitations for the families of “SAF 44” among its personnel and employees.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM is committed in preserving its integrity and enjoins its personnel nationwide to refrain from entertaining or getting involved in this kind of activity.

“Any personnel or employee who will engage in the aforementioned undertaking without justifiable cause shall be dealt with accordingly,” Escueta said.

In case the public receive information on similar incident in the future, please report immediately to the DILG (Attn: PSupt. Jonathan A. Cabal) at telephone number 9286713, mobile nos: 09154208498, 09055269699 and 09167857500 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Reports may also be sent to NAPOLCOM Public Information Division at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

NAPOLCOM dismisses cop for drug use

April 14, 2015

In its continuing effort to rid the Philippine National Police (PNP) of unscrupulous police officers, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently ordered the dismissal from the police service of a rookie policeman for drug use.

This was disclosed by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta after the Commission’s Police Regional Appellate Board (PRAB) in region 10 denied the appeal filed by PO1 Jovic S. Caperal of the Medina Municipal Station, Misamis Oriental. The Board affirmed the earlier decision of the PNP PRO-10 Regional Director dismissing Caperal from the service for grave misconduct in violation of Section 5, R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Case records showed that PO1 Caperal was arrested during a buy-bust operation conducted by the combined forces of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents and PNP personnel of Gingoog City Police Station on September 25, 2013 at about 11:00 o’clock in the evening. Confiscated from PO1 Caperal were one (1) cal. 45 Norinco pistol with magazine and ammunition, one (1) mobile phone, cash and several identification cards.

The said operation also resulted in the arrest of a certain Lys Chipada, a known drug dealer at Purok 7, Lapak, Barangay Cabug, Medina, Misamis Oriental. Both Chipada and PO1 Caparal were tested positive for shabu.

In his appeal, Caperal questioned the legality of arrest made upon him. He contended that the disciplinary authority erred in not appreciating the fact that at the time he was arrested by PDEA agents, he was not committing any crime, nor was he present at the time of the sale of drugs between the poseur-buyer and Lys Chipada. He argued that he was at the said location as part of the surveillance over the drug activities of Lys Chipada. He maintained that under the circumstances, his arrest without warrant was illegal and, therefore, the subsequent search that was conducted upon him was not justified.

The NAPOLCOM PRAB 10 chaired by Atty. Robert Lou Elango, however, disagreed with the appellant’s claim and ruled that Caperal’s arrest is in accordance with the confidential report on his role as protector/coddler of a known drug pusher, which certainly is a crime in itself.

The Appellate Board concurred with the PNP disciplinary authority’s observation that the Letter Order issued by PO1 Caperal’s superior officer did not authorize him to stay in close physical contact with Lys Chipada as he was merely directed to act as an action agent which, in police parlance, refers to a police officer who merely receives information from civilian sources. His being in constant company of Chipada was unauthorized and outside of what was legally required of him as an action agent. Furthermore, the search conducted upon him would still be legally sanctioned under the stop-and-frisk rule.

The Board also took note that at the onset of the administrative proceedings against him, PO1 Caperal did not question the authenticity of the examination and the result of the urine sample taken from him. He, in fact, even admitted using the prohibited drug and justified his actions by claiming that it was a consequence of his assigned mission to infiltrate a drug personality.

According to the Board, the unchallenged drug test result and the admission of drug use by PO1 Caperal more than satisfy the degree of proof required in administrative cases. The use of illegal drugs, in itself, is anathema to society, more so when the user is not an ordinary man but one bestowed with a higher sense of responsibility such as a police officer. For failing to measure up to these standards, PO1 Caperal does not deserve to stay a minute longer in the police service.

Under Section 44 of R.A. 6975 (PNP Law), as amended by R.A. 8551, the national and regional appellate boards are the formal administrative disciplinary machinery for the PNP. Section 3 (b), Rule 7 of NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 2007-001 provides that Decisions of the PNP Regional Director or equivalent supervisor where the penalty imposed is demotion or dismissal from the service may be appealed with the Regional Appellate Board (RAB). Said memo circular further provides that Decisions of the RAB are appealable to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

NAPOLCOM grants additional authority to PNP OIC Espina

April 8, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) granted additional authority to Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina as Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Office of the Chief, Philippine National Police (PNP).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that Resolution No. 2015-106 authorizes OIC Espina to approve and issue permits to import/transport ammunitions, explosives, firearms of any type/caliber, weapons systems and accessories attached or pertaining to air, naval and land assets.

“The Commission granted this additional authority to OIC Espina to assure speedy action of the PNP on applications for importation of firearms, explosives, ammunitions and other weapons systems submitted to the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) by, or for and on behalf of, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” Escueta said.

The NAPOLCOM earlier issued Resolution No. 2015-002 dated January 6, 2015 authorizing OIC Espina to approve/confirm various transactions, as follows: contracts involving procurement of services/resources by the PNP; approval of disbursements/payments of the PNP’s legitimate/regular financial transactions; authorization for the release of funds from the Agency Reserved Fund for fiscal year 2014; obligate funds from Trust Receipt; sign and counter-sign checks; and approve payroll and disbursement vouchers.

OIC Espina is also authorized to exercise disciplinary authority as Chief, PNP; designate appropriate OICs for the various PNP offices/units; appoint PNP non-uniformed personnel with salary grade 24 and below; sign documents concerning payments of retirement benefits of personnel with pending administrative cases but who have complied with the requirements under pertinent laws and circulars; enter into or renew agreements concerning regular transactions of the PNP; and issue firearms licenses and permits pursuant to the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM Resolutions were issued to authorize OIC Espina to act on or approve urgent, necessary or time-bound disbursements/transactions/ activities which, unless addressed immediately, may unduly cause damage and prejudice to the public or hamper the effective performance of the functions of the PNP.

NAPOLCOM approves specifications for hi-tech PNP gadgets

March 30, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the standard specifications for highly advanced forensic and communication devices for the modernization program of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission issued six (6) separate resolutions prescribing the minimum standard specifications for forensic comparison microscope, compact digital camera, personal computer, laptop/notebook computer, tablet computer and pocket wifi long term evolution.

“The approval of the standard specifications of these modern forensic and communication devices is attuned to the fast developing technology in crime investigation and information system,” Escueta said.

Escueta stressed that the approved standard specifications for such gadgets are not tailored fit for any particular brand in the market as certified by the PNP Uniform and Equipment Standardization Board (UESB).

Republic Act No 6975 (PNP Law), as amended by R.A. 8551 (PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998), empowers the NAPOLCOM to approve and modify plan and programs on education and training, logistical requirements, communications, records, information system, crime laboratory, crime prevention and crime reporting as well as prescribe minimum standards for arms, equipment and uniforms and, after consultation with the Philippine Heraldry Commission, for insignia of ranks, awards and medal of honor.

NAPOLCOM recommends promotion to two-star rank of 2 PNP officials; 10 others to one-star rank

March 27, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion to two-star rank of 2 star-rank police officials and the promotion to one-star rank of 10 senior officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission recommended to President Aquino the promotion to Police Director (equivalent to two-star General in the military) of P/Chief Supt. Christopher Laxa who is presently designated as Acting Director for Human Resource and Doctrine Development, and P/Chief Supt. Dominador Aquino, Jr. who is currently the Acting Director for Integrated Police Operations – Eastern Mindanao.

“The Commission recommended the promotion to two-star rank of Police Chief Superintendents Laxa and Aquino since their present positions call for the rank of Police Director,” Escueta said.

The Commission also recommended the promotion to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General) of 10 Police Senior Superintendents, as follows: P/Sr. Supt. Billy Beltran, Acting Secretary of the Directorial Staff, Office of the Chief Directorial Staff; P/Sr. Supt. Joel Victor Canapi, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Comptrollership; P/Sr. Supt. Rolando Felix, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Operations; P/Sr. Supt. Eric Serafin Reyes, Acting Chief, National Operations Center, Directorate for Operations; P/Sr. Supt. Fernando Mendez, Jr., Acting Director, Intelligence Group; P/Sr. Supt. Marrieto Valerio, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Police Regional Office (PRO) 6; P/Sr. Supt. Eddie Benigay, Acting Regional Director, Regional Internal Affairs Service 7; P/Sr. Supt. Sergio Dimandal, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, PRO 10; P/Sr. Supt. Robert Quenery, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, PRO Cordillera; and P/Sr. Supt. Noel Armilla, Acting Deputy Regional Director for Administration, PRO ARMM.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Aquino their promotion to star rank positions after Police Director General Leonardo Espina, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Chief, PNP, recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

1,196 cops pass special police exams

March 12, 2015

A total of 1,196 or 37.06% of the 3,227 police examinees passed the special promotional examinations conducted by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on December 14, 2014 in designated schools in Metro Manila and other testing centers nationwide.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the special promotional examinations were intended exclusively for police officers who are candidates for attrition due to non-promotion for 10 years or more because of lack of appropriate eligibility.

Out of the 2,485 police examinees who took the Police Officer exam, only 1,000 (40.24%) passed. For the Senior Police Officer exam, only 188 (26.48%) of the 710 examinees hurdled the test. Of the 29 police officers who took the Inspector exam, only 6 (20.69%) passed. Only 2 (66.67%) out of the 3 examinees who took the Superintendent Exam succeeded in the test.

“The Commission likewise conducted a special PNP entrance exam on December 14, 2014 to increase the number of potential applicants and the chances of recruiting highly qualified and more competent PO1s,” Escueta said.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that out of the 3,219 examinees who took PNP entrance test, the qualifying examination to enter the police service, only 582 (18.08%) passed.

“The Commission conducted the special entrance and promotional examinations following the recommendation by the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) in order to attain the ideal police to population ratio of 1:500,” Escueta said.

The list of successful examinees is posted at the NAPOLCOM central office in its new building located at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, NAPOLCOM Bldg., Edsa Corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City, and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph. Individual reports of rating will be mailed to all examinees. Verification of test results is on-going at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide.

NAPOLCOM confirms special posthumous promotion of SAF 44

March 6, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) confirmed the specialposthumous meritorious promotion of the 44 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) for demonstrating acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry in action at the risk of their lives over and beyond the call of duty that resulted in their untimely death during an armed encounter with more than 700 lawless elements/Southern Philippines Terrorist on January 25, 2014 at Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

This was announced by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mar Roxas after the Commission approved the promotion to the next higher rank of Police Senior Inspector Ryan B. Pabalinas and 43 others following the recommendation made by PNP Officer-In-Charge, Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina, for the grant of the special posthumous promotion.

Roxas said that the 44 operating personnel were members of the 55th and 84th Special Action Company, SAF that served the warrants of arrest against Zulkifli Bin Hir a.k.a. Marwan and Basit Usman. Although outnumbered by a superior enemy force, they held their ground, fought up to their last breath and accomplished their mission.

“The courage displayed by these valiant police officers earned themselves not only the admiration of the members of the PNP but also of the people they had sworn to serve. We assure the families of the slain policemen that they will receive full assistance from the Commission the soonest possible time,” Roxas said.

Under Section 38 (b) of RA 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of RA 8551, any uniformed member of the PNP who has exhibited acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty shall be promoted to the next higher rank, provided, that such acts shall be validated by the Commission based on established criteria.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the legal spouses of the 28 married SAF members shall receive gratuity equivalent to one (1) year basic salary, burial expenses equivalent to three (3) months basic salary, and monthly pension for five (5) years equivalent to 80% of the decedent’s basic monthly pay. The minor legitimate child of one (1) SAF member shall likewise receive the aforementioned benefits.

The surviving parents of 12 single SAF personnel shall receive gratuity equivalent to one (1) year basic salary and burial expenses equivalent to three (3) months basic salary. The illegitimate children of three (3) SAF members, who were single but without surviving parents, shall likewise receive the same benefits.

Escueta said that PNP members and their beneficiaries are expressly granted certain welfare benefits under the provisions of R.A. No. 6963 entitled “An Act Granting Special Financial Assistance And Benefits to the Family or Beneficiary of any Police or Military Personnel or Fireman Killed or Permanently Incapacitated while in the Performance of his Duty or By Reason of His Office or Position and for Other Purposes.”

The Commission recently issued Memorandum Circular No. 2015-001 which increases the tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses granted to legitimate children of deceased or permanently incapacitated police personnel.

NAPOLCOM scholars to receive increased benefits

February 25, 2015

All grantees and beneficiaries of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Scholarship Program shall receive an increase in financial benefits which now cover the K to 12 Program or the enhanced basic education program.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta following the issuance of Memorandum Circular No. 2015-001 which prescribes a new schedule of tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses granted to legitimate children of deceased or permanently incapacitated police personnel.

“The Commission finds it necessary to increase the scholarship benefits to NAPOLCOM grantees/scholars as well as adjust the standing policy on entitlement for the grant of scholarship in order to cope with the continued inflationary cost of tuition and miscellaneous school expenses prescribed by the different institutions of learning and in consideration of the K to 12 Program,” Escueta said.

Under the K to 12 Program, basic education now includes the following school levels: Kindergarten, Grades 1 to 6 (Elementary Education) and Grades 7 to 12 (Secondary Education).

Under the revised rate, NAPOLCOM scholars shall now receive the following amounts for tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses: ₱10,000 per school year for Kindergarten scholar; from ₱12,000 to ₱18,000 per school year for Elementary scholar; from ₱16,000 to ₱24,000 per school year for Secondary Education scholar; from ₱12,000 to ₱18,000 per semester for Vocational scholar; and from ₱22,000 to ₱30,000 per semester for College scholar.

Escueta said that the revised rate is effective last quarter of this current school year 2014-2015. Elementary and Secondary scholars shall be reimbursed their tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses for the whole school year while the Vocational and College scholars shall be reimbursed their scholarship benefits for the second semester.

He added that qualified children who are not, until now, receiving financial scholarship benefits for the kindergarten level may avail of the benefit retroactively so long as the age of the child-beneficiary is at least five (5) years old at the time of passage of this Memorandum Circular.

“The financial benefits of elementary, secondary and vocational scholars increased to 50% while college scholars are granted a 36% raise per semester,” Escueta said.

Vice-Chairman Escueta also said that the award of financial scholarship benefits for tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses to the NAPOLCOM scholar shall be paid directly to the school in which he/she is enrolled or reimbursed to the said scholar by the Commission upon presentation of his/her approved enrollment or registration form and official receipt of payment.

Escueta stressed that a NAPOLCOM scholar should always strive for excellence as he/she is required, during a specified semester or school year, to maintain an average academic grade of 2.75 or 80% per semester for college and vocational levels, and 80% (or its equivalent) per school year for secondary and elementary levels.

He added that the scholarship grant may be forfeited or terminated on the following grounds: (a) if the grantee fails to maintain the required weighted average per semester or school year; (b) if the scholarship grant is not availed within a period of one (1) semester for college or vocational, and within a period of one (1) school year for elementary and secondary; (c) if the grantee obtains a failing grade in any of the subjects to which he/she is enrolled, and upon re-enrollment in the same, fails again; and (d) if the grantee is found to be drug dependent/user or involved in any illegal or immoral activity or expelled from school for valid cause.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that NAPOLCOM regional directors have also been tasked to regularly monitor the strict implementation of the scholarship program to ensure that all recipients of the grant shall become successful professionals.

NAPOLCOM opens on-line scheduling for April 2015 PNP exams

February 13, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) today announced that the enhanced On-Line Examination Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) will be activated in the websites www.napolcom.gov.ph or www.napolcom-oleass.com on February16 – 20, 2015 for the police entrance examination and on February 23 – 27, 2015 for the police promotional tests in time for the nationwide conduct of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations on April 26, 2015.

The OLEASS systematizes the scheduling of the processing of exam applications at the NAPOLCOM NCR Office and the other 16 regional offices nationwide. The period of filing of application is from March 2 – 27, 2015.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that the OLEASS shall be opened at 12:00 NN onwards on February 16 for the entrance exam and February 23 for the promotional tests. Acceptance of applications shall be on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and, upon due notice, may be stopped even ahead of the deadline.

Escueta added that in view of resource constraints, the NAPOLCOM Regional Offices reserve the right to limit the number of examinees they will accommodate.

“The examination center where the applicant shall take the exam is automatically assigned by the computer system based on the home address or unit of assignment provided by the applicant,” Escueta said.

He also said that only applicants with a confirmed scheduled appointment with reference number shall be entertained.

The PNP Entrance Examination is open to all Filipino citizens who are not more than 30 years old, bachelor’s degree holder, and 1.57 (female) and 1.62 meters (male) in height.

“Police Officers I (PO1) whose appointments are temporary for lack of appropriate eligibility are also required to take the PNP Entrance Examination,” Escueta said.

On the other hand, the Promotional Examinations are open exclusively to all qualified uniformed members of the PNP who meet the minimum qualification standards for examination in terms of rank and eligibility.

Application forms and index cards can be obtained for free at any NAPOLCOM Regional Office nationwide. They may also be downloaded from www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Civilian applicants must bring the printed letter-reply/corresponding reference number confirming the scheduled appointment; two recent, identical and color 1”x1” ID pictures with white background and complete name tag (for PNP members, the name tag should indicate the rank before the name); one legal size window envelope with P15 worth of mailing stamp; transcript of scholastic record with Special Order issued by CHED or diploma; and birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar or National Statistics Office (NSO). For a PO1 with temporary appointment, a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or Special Order is also required for submission.

Applicants for the Promotional Examinations should submit the first three requirements mentioned above; a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or PNP Absorption Order; and a Report of Rating/Certification issued by the NAPOLCOM Central Office, CSC Certificate of Eligibility and/or PRC Board Certificate.

Escueta pointed out that only duly accomplished application forms with all the required documents filed personally and received by the NAPOLCOM Regional Office on or before the deadline for filing shall be accepted. Applications received through postal mail shall not be processed.

Applicants who failed in these examinations and decided to apply again for the same test category in the same exam center shall submit only the Admission Slip of the last exam applied for; fill out a new application form and index card with ID pictures; and pay the examination fee.

Examination fee is P400 for the PNP Entrance and Police Officer Examinations; P450 for Senior Police Officer Examination; P500 for Police Inspector Examination; and P600 for Police Superintendent Examination.

The coverage for the PNP Entrance Examination consists of general information, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning; while the PNP Promotional Examinations include general information, police administration and operations, and police customs and traditions/values and ethical standards/Performance Governance System.

The NAPOLCOM issued Memorandum Circular No. 2013-007 last October 30, 2013 to deter examinees from committing any form of cheating.

“Civilian examinees shall now be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance examination instead of just barring them from taking the said exam for a period of three (3) years. In addition, if these anomalous acts were committed by a police officer, he/she shall be charged with dishonesty and, if found guilty, be meted the penalty of dismissal from the service,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM okays special promotion of undercover cop

February 12, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently confirmed the special promotion of an undercover police agent for infiltrating a drug den which resulted in a P 2 billion drug bust in Subic, Zambales on August 11, 2013.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta after the Commission en banc approved the special promotion to the next higher rank of PO3 Alexander P. Delos Reyes, member of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF).

PO3 Delos Reyes was able to infiltrate the group of Albert Sijuela Chin a.k.a Robert Chin, a high-value drug personality involved in the shipping of drugs into the country, for 16 months that started on March 20, 2012. He was able to gain the trust of Taiwanese drug lord Robert Chin who hired him as one of his helpers giving PO3 Delos Reyes the chance to build up the case against Chin.

On August 11, 2013, PO3 Delos Reyes got the chance to carry out his covert mission when he witnessed the suspects stuffing red and maroon foil packs in balikbayan boxes. While loading the boxes in Chin’s Nissan Urvan, Delos Reyes was able to examine the contents of the boxes and confirmed that it was shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride). Delos Reyes was able to discreetly inform other AIDSOTF operatives of the suspects’ movements which resulted in the arrest of Chin’s group and the confiscation of 433.325 kilos of shabu estimated to be worth P 2 billion.

The NAPOLCOM en banc approved the special promotion of PO3 Alexander P. Delos Reyes after the NAPOLCOM meticulously validated his heroism following the recommendations made by the PNP Special Promotion, Awards and Decorations Board (SPADB).

NAPOLCOM recommends to PNoy the promotion of MPD Chief Nana and 4 others to one-star General

February 11, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommended to President Benigno S. Aquino III the promotion of P/Sr. Supt. Rolando Nana to Police Chief Superintendent (equivalent to one-star General in the military). Nana is presently designated as Acting Director of the Manila Police District (MPD), National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta made the announcement after the Commission issued five (5) separate resolutions recommending to President Aquino the promotion to one-star rank of MPD Chief Nana and four (4) other officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Other police officials who were recommended for promotion are P/Sr. Supt. Ricardo Zapata, Jr., Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Logistics; P/Sr. Supt. Edgardo Tinio, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Southern Luzon; P/Sr. Supt. Pablo Francisco Balagtas, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Visayas; and Supt. Pierre Bucsit, Acting Executive Officer, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Western Mindanao. “The Commission recommended the promotion to one-star rank of the five (5) Police Senior Superintendents because the positions they currently hold call for the rank of Police Chief Superintendent,” Escueta said.

Except for P/Sr. Supt. Pablo Francisco Balagtas who holds the NAPOLCOM Police Superintendent eligibility, all of them have been conferred with the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) by the Commission.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM approved and recommended to President Aquino their promotion to star rank position after the Chief, PNP recommended their promotion and certified that they meet all the requirements for promotion.

NAPOLCOM assures immediate release of benefits to families of SAF men in Mamasapano incident

January 29, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) assured the immediate release of benefits to the families of the 44 members of the elite Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who were killed during an encounter with suspected members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.

This was announced by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mar Roxas as the DILG and NAPOLCOM jointly expressed their condolences to the families of these valiant police officers who sacrificed their lives while in the performance of their duty.

Roxas said that the NAPOLCOM shall facilitate the grant of death benefits to the families of the slain police officers which include gratuity equivalent to one (1) year salary, monthly pension for five (5) years equivalent to 80% of the decedent’s basic monthly pay, and burial expenses equivalent to three (3) months basic salary.

The families of the 44 slain SAF members shall likewise receive additional benefit in the form of scholarship grant for the education of their children from elementary to college.

“As we have always done in the past, we assure the families of the slain SAF men that they shall receive said benefits the soonest possible time,” Roxas said.

Meanwhile, NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman Eduardo U. Escueta said that the Commission shall also grant medical and hospitalization benefits to the other SAF members who were wounded during the Mamasapano incident.

Escueta explained that members of the PNP and their beneficiaries are expressly granted certain welfare benefits under the provisions of Republic Act No. 6963 entitled “An Act Granting Special Financial Assistance and Benefits to the Family or Beneficiary of any Police or Military Personnel or Fireman Killed or Permanently Incapacitated while in the Performance of his Duty or By Reason of His Office or Position and for Other Purposes.”

“These benefits are administered by the NAPOLCOM pursuant to the provisions of Sections 73 and 76 of Republic Act No. 6975 or the PNP Law,” Escueta said.

9.70% pass PNP promotional exams

February 3, 2015

A total of 2,052 or 9.70% out of the 21,154 examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) Promotional Examinations conducted by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on November 9, 2014 in designated schools in Metro Manila and other testing centers nationwide.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta as the Commission released the list of successful examinees in the PNP promotional examinations which has four (4) categories: the Police Officer (PO) Exam, Senior Police Officer (SPO) Exam, Inspector (INSP) Exam and Superintendent (SUPT) Exam.

The passing percentage rates per exam category are as follows: for PO exam, 9.27% (1,024 of 11,048 examinees); for SPO Exam, 10.44% (932 of 8,929 examinees); for INSP Exam, 5.72% (53 of 926 examinees); and for SUPT Exam, 17.13% (43 of 251 examinees).

According to Escueta, the overall passing percentage rate of 9.70% in the PNP promotional examinations is significantly lower compared to last April 27, 2014 exam passing percentage of 20.09%.

“The low passing rate in the promotional exams may be attributed to the Commission’s continuous upgrading of standards on its police examinations in line with its sustained effort to professionalize the PNP by ensuring that only the best and most qualified individuals are promoted in the police service,” Escueta said.

Vice-Chairman Escueta said that the Commission assessed the competency of police officers on their knowledge on general information, police administration and operations, and police customs and traditions/values and ethical standards/Performance Governance System.

Escueta said that the list of successful examinees is posted at the NAPOLCOM central office in its new building located at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, NAPOLCOM Bldg., Edsa Corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City, and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph Individual reports of rating will be mailed to all examinees.

NAPOLCOM strengthens PNP Women and Children Protection Center

January 23, 2015

In an effort to put an end to human trafficking activities in the country, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the strengthening and restructuring of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC) with the creation of WCPC Field Units in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said that each field unit has five (5) operation teams to ensure the extensive and effective enforcement of laws against human trafficking and violence against women and children. The WCPC-Luzon Field Unit shall be situated in Camp Crame, Quezon City; the WCPC-Visayas Field Unit in Cebu City; and the WCPC-Mindanao Field Unit in Zamboanga City.

Escueta said that the Commission issued Resolution No. 2014-441 after the PNP proposed the creation of a national support unit which shall be responsible for the investigation and enforcement of laws against trafficking in persons and violence against women and children (VAWC) in view of the enactment of Republic Act No. 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004) and Republic Act No. 10364 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012).

“The Commission, however, deemed it more practical and reasonable that instead of creating a new national support unit, the existing PNP WCPC be strengthened and restructured to handle human trafficking cases,” Escueta said.

The NAPOLCOM earlier issued Resolution No. 2012-059 confirming the status of the WCPC (formerly known as Women and Children Concerns Division) as a regular office of the PNP under the functional authority of the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) which shall serve as a one-stop shop for the investigation and treatment of victims of child abuse, violence against women and other similar crimes.

On top of their regular function of handling VAWC cases, the PNP WCPC is mandated to initiate investigation and counter-trafficking intelligence gathering upon receipt of statements or affidavits from victims of trafficking, migrant workers or their families who have knowledge or information about trafficking in persons cases. It is also tasked to undertake surveillance and monitoring of suspected traffickers, trafficking in persons activities and modi operandi, and execute necessary campaigns to deter the commission of such crime.

The PNP WCPC is likewise responsible for the conduct of computer-based investigations to identify and apprehend suspects who utilize the internet as a means of enticing and/or coercing young people into prostitution, in coordination with the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group and other law enforcement agencies; assist local police units in trafficking-related investigation and/or task force operations; coordinate social, legal, rehabilitation and health services for rescued victims with the concerned agencies; prepare and update watchlist of most wanted traffickers and maintain a system to receive complaints and calls to assist the victims and their families; and maintain linkages for exchange of information with competent local and international authorities or private institutions for effective anti-trafficking measures, prevention, victim’s protection and assistance.

“With the restructuring of the PNP Women and Children Protection Center, the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) shall be relieved of its functions in conducting operations and investigation of human trafficking cases,” Escueta said.

NAPOLCOM specifies delegated authority of Espina as PNP OIC

January 13, 2015

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the delegated authority of Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina as Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Office of the Chief, Philippine National Police (PNP) as a result of the preventive suspension of Police Director General Alan LM Purisima.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta after the NAPOLCOM en banc signed Resolution No. 2015-002 on January 6, 2015 authorizing OIC Espina to act on or approve urgent, necessary or time-bound transactions/disbursements/activities which, unless addressed immediately, may unduly cause damage and prejudice to the public or hamper the effective performance of the PNP’s functions.

“The approval of OIC Espina’s delegated authority is necessary in order to achieve, efficient, effective and responsive operations of the PNP, thereby avoiding undue delay in the performance of the day-to-day activities of the police organization,” Escueta said.

The issuance of the NAPOLCOM Resolution is pursuant to Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution No. 00078 which specifically provides that although the rights and privileges of an incumbent do not necessarily descend upon an OIC, the same may nonetheless be granted to the latter in his designation as OIC.

Escueta said that the Commission issued on December 10, 2014 Resolution No. 2014-456 confirming the status of PDDG Espina as OIC of the Office of the Chief, PNP.

As PNP OIC, PDDG Espina is authorized to approve/confirm various transactions, as follows: contracts involving procurement of services/resources by the PNP; approval of disbursements/payments of the PNP’s legitimate/regular financial transactions; authorization for the release of funds from the Agency Reserved Fund FY 2014; obligate funds from Trust Receipt; sign and counter-sign checks; and approve payroll and disbursement vouchers.

Additionally, OIC Espina has the authority to exercise disciplinary authority as Chief, PNP; designate appropriate OICs for the various PNP offices/units; appoint PNP Non-Uniformed Personnel SG 24 and below; sign documents concerning payments of retirement benefits of personnel with pending administrative cases but who have complied with the requirements under pertinent laws and circulars; enter into or renew agreements concerning regular transactions of the PNP; and issue firearms licenses and permits pursuant to the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

Escueta said that the specified authority of OIC Espina shall be subject to existing pertinent rules, regulations and procedures and such limitations/conditions that the NAPOLCOM may impose or prescribe, and also subject to the submission of pertinent reports by the OIC within three (3) days from the performance of the activity.

“The action taken by OIC Espina shall be deemed valid and effective unless disapproved by the NAPOLCOM,” Escueta said, adding that “Upon termination of his status as OIC, PDDG Espina shall submit a written report to the NAPOLCOM on all transactions/disbursements/activities approved/entered into pursuant to this Resolution.”

December 18, 2015