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On its 51st Founding Anniversary - NAPOLCOM honors PNP gallantry awardees

September 8, 2017

During its 51st Founding Anniversary on September 8, 2017, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will honor three (3) uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who are this year’s recipients of the PNP Gallantry Award.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that a plaque of commendation and cash reward of Php10,000.00 each will be awarded to the three (3) deserving police personnel who displayed conspicuous courage and gallantry in the performance of their duties.

PSINSP Mark Gil S. Garcia, former chief of the Special Operations Unit of the Rizal Provincial Police Office (PPO), will be honored with a posthumous award for his conspicuous bravery and gallantry in action in leading a group of the Rizal Provincial Intelligence Branch-Special Operating Unit operatives in a series of buy-bust police operations in different municipalities in Rizal on August 19, 2016 in line with the PNP anti-illegal drugs campaign. Garcia bravely led his team in the successful arrest and neutralization of eight drug suspects that compelled them to engage in an armed encounter resulting in his demise.

SPO1 Roberto A. Villamor of the Oas Police Office, Albay PPO demonstrated extraordinary bravery and dedication to duty in serving as negotiator during a hostage-taking incident on September 5, 2016 that transpired in a public transport bus in Oas, Albay; thus, saving the lives of a 2-year old child and two female hostages from imminent danger and successfully arresting the assailant.

PO2 Joselito A. Lantano of the Police Security and Protection Group, PNP National Headquarters exhibited exceptional bravery and dedication to serve and protect the citizenry in taking calculated steps in professionally handling a robbery on board a moving public transport bus along EDSA, Quezon City on April 4, 2017 that resulted in the successful neutralization of the three criminals and saving the lives of the passengers from imminent danger.

“The act of bravery of these police officers displayed the extraordinary courage and professionalism in a circumstance of peril and exemplary performance beyond the call of duty is worthy of emulation among their fellow officers in the police service and uplifts the image of the Philippine National Police,” Casurao said, adding that “This clearly manifests their commitment to serve and protect the people.”

NAPOLCOM honors community partners, test consultants, loyalty and model employees on its 51st Anniversary

September 8, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will celebrate its 51st Founding Anniversary on September 8, 2017 in its main office in Quezon City which will be highlighted by the conferment of awards and commendations to community partners, test consultants, loyalty and model employees.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Officer-In-Charge Catalino S. Cuy will be the Guest of Honor and Speaker of the anniversary program with the theme “Nagkakaisa sa Pagbabago” which 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.

OIC Cuy will be joined by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao and Commissioners Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr., Job M. Mangente and Zenonida F. Brosas, and PNP Chief PDG Ronald M. Dela Rosa in the presentation of awards to the community partners, NAPOLCOM test consultants, and model supervisors and employees of the Commission.

The Commission will award plaques of recognition to five (5) Community Service awardees: Architect Ka Kuen T. Chua of the Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order and PCSUPT Noel A. Baraceros of the Center for Police Strategy Management, PNP for their invaluable contribution as members of the Technical Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (TCCPCJ) and in grateful acknowledgment of their selfless contribution and dedication in imparting their expertise as members of the NAPOLCOM Advisory Council for Transformation in the Commission’s journey through the Performance Governance System (PGS) Pathway.

Prof. Jose S. Navarro from the University of Asia and the Pacific and retired Col. Geruncho H. Ilagan of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will also be awarded for their untiring dedication and selfless contribution to the TCCPCJ and for their extraordinary commitment and professionalism that led to the successful implementation of the government’s crime prevention policies and criminal justice programs.

Ms. Ofelia M. Legaspi of the Dangerous Drugs Board will likewise be recognized for her invaluable contribution as member of the National Crime Prevention Week-Technical Working Committee and for imparting her expertise as Resource Speaker on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control during the Crime Prevention Awareness Drive in schools and barangays that contributed to the successful implementation of the government’s crime prevention programs.

Also to be awarded are PSSUPT Rodolfo S. Azurin, Jr., Chief of the Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Division, Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM); PSSUPT Adelio Benjamin G. Castillo, Chief of the Case Monitoring Division, Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM); and PSSUPT Maria Leonora C. Camarao, Chief of the Discipline, Law and Order Division, DPRM for sharing their expertise in the development of test items for the PNP Entrance and Promotional examinations and Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) examination as members of the NAPOLCOM Test Development Committee and PESE Test Development Committee.

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

Certificates of recognition will also be given to 71 employees for having served the NAPOLCOM with utmost dedication and loyalty for the past 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 years.

Fourteen (14) NAPOLCOM retirees will also be presented with plaques of appreciation in acknowledgement of their unselfish commitment and dedication while serving the Commission.

“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,” Atty. Casurao concluded.

While in the process of studying the restoration of police deputation of 7 Governors and 132 Mayors in Mindanao, NAPOLCOM clarifies resolutions suspending/revoking the deputation of said local chief executives.

September 5, 2017 

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) is in the process of studying the restoration of the police deputation of seven (7) Governors and one hundred thirty two (132) Mayors whose authority over the police in their jurisdiction were suspended amidst the implementation of martial law in Mindanao. In two resolutions dated 8 June 2017, the NAPOLCOM ordered the suspension of the deputation of the said Local Chief Executives (LCEs) in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and in the city of Cotabato. 

The NAPOLCOM clarifies that it was never its intention to accuse said LCEs of involvement in the illegal drugs trade. The NAPOLCOM suspended the said LCEs duties, obligations, powers and prerogatives over the local police units in their respective localities as deputized representatives of the NAPOLCOM to help streamline the efforts of the President in the implementation of martial law in Mindanao, since under martial law, police power is exercised by the executive with the aid of the military. 

While certain LCEs in the region have been named by no less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his “narco list”, whose illegal drug activities would amount to engaging in acts inimical to national security or which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign in the country, the said list continues to be validated and vetted by the intelligence agencies concerned. The process of identifying the LCEs whose deputation can be restored started as early as last month with the NAPOLCOM consulting the Office of the President, through the Office of the Executive Secretary, regarding the matter. As provided under Section 65 of RA 8551, the President may directly, or through the Commission, and upon good cause shown, restore the deputation of an LCE which had been suspended or revoked by the Commission.

NAPOLCOM leads NCPW kickoff; promotes CSOP awareness in barangays

August 31, 2017       

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will hold a kickoff activity on September 1, 2017 signaling the start of the 23rd National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) celebration with the theme “Pamayanang Mapagmasid, Kapayapaan ang Maihahatid.”

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the NCPW celebration will focus on information drive and awareness on the vital role of every stakeholder in crime prevention through building collaborative partnership among the community, law enforcement agencies and local executives that gears to the full implementation of the Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) System.

“The NAPOLCOM together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government carefully planned and mapped out a series of activities for this year’s NCPW celebration to ensure the continuous development and implementation of crime prevention programs, thus rousing the community’s participation in creating a secure and safe environment for all,” Atty. Casurao said

On September 4, simultaneous Awareness Drive on Crime Prevention and commencement of “Pito Tayo Laban sa  Krimen”  Program will be conducted in various schools in Metro Manila to be headed by the participating police districts, namely: Northern Police District in Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science High School; Manila Police District in Manila Science High School; Southern Police District in Parañaque National High School Main; Quezon City Police District in Judge Juan Luna High School; and Eastern Police District in a public high school in Pasig City.

The NAPOLCOM, through the NCPW Technical Working Committee composed of representatives from government agencies and nongovernment organizations, has jumpstarted the 2017 NCPW celebration on August 23 with a series of TV and radio guestings, and hanging of streamers and crime prevention posters.

The group will be distributing IEC materials on September 1-6 in selected SM Malls (Megamall, Mall of Asia and San Lazaro), Victory Mall-Monumento, Araneta Center-Cubao and bus terminals/stations.

Other activities to be conducted are Awareness of Community and Service-Oriented Policing in Barangay East Kamias, Quezon City and motorcade along Quezon City Memorial Circle to EDSA Makati, and Quezon Avenue to Lerma.

“The Commission stands by the government’s commitment to provide innovative projects on the anti-criminality campaign to further improve the socioeconomic status of the citizenry,” Atty. Casurao said.

NAPOLCOM confirms special promotion of CIDG cop

August 23, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the special promotion of Police Inspector Bob T. Belver of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Pangasinan through Resolution No. 2017-421 dated August 4, 2017.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao after the Commission confirmed the special promotion of PINSP Belver to the next higher rank of Police Senior Inspector for risking his life during a robbery-holdup incident that led to the arrest of three suspects.

On September 2, 2015 at around 1:00 in the morning, PINSP Belver had just gotten off-duty and was on his way home to Calamba City. While he was about to alight from the passenger bus along Alabang Viaduct in Muntinlupa City, four unidentified men who were armed with knives approached him, declared holdup and grabbed his bag.

While PINSP Belver was at knifepoint, he introduced himself as a police officer and ordered them to drop their knives and return his bag. However, the assailants mockingly responded “Walang pulis-pulis sa amin” and tried to stab him repeatedly, but failed to hit him. PINSP Belver got the chance to draw his firearm and shot the suspects hitting two of them on the legs. The suspects then fled from the scene.

Operatives from the Muntinlupa City Police Station immediately responded that resulted in the arrest of three suspects and the recovery of two kitchen knives, cellular phones, pistol magazines, flashlight and assorted clothes.

“In our unrelenting fight against criminality, we recognize this act of bravery of our police officers. Commendations are granted to members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who observe a high standard of discipline in order to perform their duty to serve and protect the citizenry,” Atty. Casurao said.

The Vice-Chairman disclosed that special promotion is granted to any member of the PNP for acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty pursuant to Section 38 (b) of Republic Act No. 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of Republic Act No. 8551.

39.85% pass promotional tests for cops

August 4, 2017

A total of 522 or 39.85% of the 1,310 police examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) promotional examinations for Inspector and Superintendent categories conducted nationwide by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) last April 23, 2017.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao as the Commission released the list of successful examinees in the Inspector and Superintendent examinations.

The passing percentage rate for the Inspector Exam is 36.04% (404 of 1,121 examinees) while for the Superintendent Exam is 62.43% (118 of 189 examinees).

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the 39.85% passing rate in the promotional exams is 19.8% higher than the 20.05% passing rate in the previous promotional exams in the same category (October 16, 2016).

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

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

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 in all 18 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices, and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Individual report 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.

The Commission earlier released on June 20, 2017 the list of successful examinees in the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations (Police Officer and Senior Police Officer categories).

NAPOLCOM sets qualification standards for Psychologists and Psychometricians in the police service

July 28, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved Resolution 2017-395 dated July 20, 2017 prescribing the qualification standards for the appointment to the technical service positions of psychologists and psychometricians through the lateral entry program of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao explained that the Commission en banc amended the eligibility requirement for the psychologist position in view of the passage of Republic Act No. 10029 (Psychology Act of 2009) which prescribes the licensure examination for Psychologists and Psychometricians. Before the enactment of said law, the required eligibility for Psychologists is the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Career Service Professional Eligibility.

“Only applicants who are duly registered and hold a valid Certificate of Registration and Professional Identification Card issued by the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychologists and Professional Regulation Commission shall be accepted to the psychologist position in the police service,” Atty. Casurao stressed.

The Commission also approved the PNP’s request to include licensed Psychometricians in the PNP lateral entry program by justifying that they perform similar functions as licensed Psychologists. They also serve as the front liners and primary workforce in the Neuro-Psychiatric Section of the PNP Health Service.

The qualification standards for the appointment of Psychologists and Psychometricians require that an applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology; holder of R.A. No. 10029 eligibility; with at least three (3) years professional experience in the practice of psychology (for Psychologists) and at least two (2) years professional experience in the practice of psychometrics (for Psychometricians); completed at least eight (8) hours of relevant training; between 21 to 30 years old at the time of appointment; and must be at least 162 centimeters for male and 157 centimeters for female.

Lateral entrants to the technical positions of psychologists and psychometricians are appointed to the rank of police inspector (equivalent to lieutenant in the military) like dentists, optometrists, nurses, engineers, and graduates of forensic sciences.

NAPOLCOM opens on-line scheduling for October 2017 PNP Entrance and Promotional exams

July 14, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announces the activation of the On-Line Examination Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) in the websites www.napolcom.gov.ph or www.napolcom-oleass.com for the nationwide conduct of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations on October 22, 2017.

The on-line application schedule is on August 1–4 for PNP Entrance exam; August 7–11 for Police Officer (PO) exam; and August 14–18 for Senior Police Officer (SPO);  Inspector (INSP) and Superintendent (SUPT) exams.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the OLEASS shall be opened at 12:00 NN onwards on August 1 for the Entrance exam, August 7 for the PO exam and August 14 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.

“The OLEASS allows entrance exam applicants to choose the examination center where they want to take the exam regardless of their place of residence. But for the promotional exam applicants, the examination center is automatically assigned by the computer system based on the unit/assignment address provided by the police applicants,” Casurao said.

Only applicants with a confirmed scheduled appointment with reference number shall be entertained. The period of filing of application is from August 29 to September 25, 2017.

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.

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 P17 worth of mailing stamp; transcript of scholastic record with Special Order issued by CHED and diploma; and birth certificate in security paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or certified true copy of the birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by the PSA. 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.

“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 are accepted. Applications received through postal mail shall not be processed,” Atty. Casurao said.

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 exams; P450 for Senior Police Officer exam; P500 for Police Inspector exam; and P600 for Police Superintendent exam.

NAPOLCOM confirms special promotion of Navotas female cop

 July 7, 2017 

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the special promotion of PO1 Judy Ann De Villa from Navotas Police Special Patrol Unit through Resolution No. 2017-320 dated June 2, 2017.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao after the Commission confirmed the special promotion to the next higher rank of PO1 De Villa who single-handedly foiled a robbery-holdup aboard a passenger bus.

On December 1, 2015 at about 11:25 p.m., PO1 De Villa responded to a robbery-holdup incident that transpired inside a passenger bus while she was on her way home   to Makati City. The Cher bus was traversing Southbound along EDSA near Samson College in Cubao, Quezon City when one of the three male suspects, later identified as Juanito Arsenio, declared holdup and snatched the handbag of a lady passenger.

Aiming her gun at the suspects, she introduced herself as a police officer and ordered them to surrender peacefully. However, Arsenio retaliated by pointing his gun at PO1 De Villa before he jumped off the bus while his cohorts, armed with knives, fled from the scene. PO1 De Villa chased Arsenio and when about to be cornered, the latter once again pointed his gun at her which prompted the female cop to shoot him on the body.

Operatives from the nearby Police Station 7 of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) immediately responded to the scene and rushed the wounded assailant to the Quirino Memorial Medical Hospital. The incident resulted in the arrest of Arsenio and the recovery of one .22 caliber loaded with five live ammunition.

“In our unending fight against criminality, we recognize this act of bravery of our police officers. Commendations are granted to members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who observe a high standard of discipline in order to implement their duty to serve and protect the citizenry,” Vice-Chairman Casurao said.

Special promotion is granted to any member of the PNP for acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty pursuant to Section 38 (b) of Republic Act No. 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of Republic Act No. 8551.

NAPOLCOM withdraws deputation of 7 Governors and 132 Mayors in Mindanao

July 4, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) ordered the withdrawal of the deputation of seven (7) Governors and 132 Mayors in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and in the city of Cotabato.

The NAPOLCOM issued on June 8, 2017 Resolution Nos. 2017-334 and 2017-335-A approving the withdrawal of their deputation based on the following grounds: (1) engaging in acts inimical to national security or which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign of the government; and (2) providing material support to criminal elements. The other two grounds for the suspension or withdrawal of the deputation of a local government executive under Section 65 of Republic Act No. 8551 are frequent unauthorized absences and abuse of authority.  

The Local Government Executives whose deputation powers were removed are as follows: Governor Esmael G. Mangudadatu and 28 Mayors in Maguindanao; Governor Mamintal Adiong, Jr. and 37 Mayors in Lanao del Sur; Governor Imelda D.C. Quibranza-Dimaporo and 22 Mayors in Lanao del Norte; Governor Datu Pax S. Pakung Mangudadatu and 12 Mayors in Sultan Kudarat; Governor Abdusakar A. Tan II and 13 Mayors in Sulu; Governor Hadjiman Salliman and 10 Mayors in Basilan; Governor Nurbert Sahali and 9 Mayors in Tawi-tawi; and Mayor Atty. Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi of Cotabato City.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that their deputation as NAPOLCOM representatives in their respective areas of jurisdiction was suspended for their failure to impose measures to suppress terroristic acts and prevent lawless violence in their territories which is inimical to national security and poses serious threat to the lives and security of their constituents.

There were also reports of local chief executives in Mindanao being involved in the illegal drug trade which is tantamount to providing support, in one way or another, to the Maute terrorist group or other criminal elements in their jurisdiction, an act which negates the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign in the country.

On May 23, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state of martial law in Mindanao as the recent attacks showed the capability and audacity of the terrorist group to sow terror and cause death and damage to property not only in Lanao del Sur but also in other parts of Mindanao.

“Under martial law, police power is exercised by the executive and in order to help streamline the efforts of the President in the implementation of martial law in Mindanao, and premised on the existence of the aforementioned grounds, the NAPOLCOM ordered the removal and revocation of the duties, obligations, powers and prerogatives vested upon the seven (7) Governors and 132 Mayors in Mindanao,” Atty. Casurao said.

Under Section 51 of R.A. 6975, as amended by Section 64 of R.A. 8551, governors and mayors are automatically deputized as representatives of the NAPOLCOM in their respective jurisdiction. As deputized agents of the Commission, local government executives can inspect police forces and units, conduct audit, and exercise other functions as may be authorized by the Commission.

NAPOLCOM approves creation of Drug Enforcement Units nationwide

July 3, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the reorganization and renaming of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) to PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) and the creation of Drug Enforcement Units (DEUs) under the PNP territorial units nationwide to further strengthen the government’s war on drugs.

This is in compliance with the recent order of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the PNP to resume its campaign against illegal drugs after it was temporarily suspended to pave the way for a new strategy that would accelerate the implementation of the government’s programs in eradicating the problem on illegal drugs in the country.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission issued Resolution No. 2017-317 dated June 2, 2017 approving the proposals of the PNP for the reorganization and renaming of the PNP-DEG and the creation of PNP-DEUs to make the police force more effective and efficient in the campaign against illegal drugs and substances.

“The creation of Drug Enforcement Units aims to intensify the government’s war on drugs to effectively deal with the complexity of drug operations, involvement of organized crime groups in drug trafficking, and in the dismantling of clandestine drug laboratories and other plant sources of illegal drugs,” Atty. Casurao said.

The PNP-DEG shall conduct all-out and sustained operations against national and international syndicates and personalities engaged in the production, importation and trafficking of illegal drugs in support of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The PNP-DEUs, on the other hand, shall act as the operating arms of the PNP in the regional level down to the city and municipal levels and shall implement the PNP’s anti-illegal drug strategy in their respective areas of responsibility.

The Commission also enjoined the PNP-DEG and PNP-DEUs to maintain linkages with other law enforcement agencies and strengthen community participation against the illegal drug menace.

NAPOLCOM sets special PNP promotional exams

June 30, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announced the conduct of Special PNP Promotional Examinations for police officers who are about to be attrited due to non-promotion. The period of filing of applications started on June 27 until July 17, 2017.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the special promotional exams scheduled on July 30, 2017 are open exclusively to all PNP uniformed personnel (Police Officers, Senior Police Officers, Police Inspectors and Police Superintendents) who are college graduates and who were not promoted for at least nine (9) years as of December 31, 2017.

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.

Applicants may file their application forms personally at any of the 18 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices nationwide indicating their choice of examination center, i.e., Makati City (NCR), Cebu City (Region 7), Tacloban City (Region 8), Zamboanga City (Region 9) and General Santos City (Region 12). Applications received through postal mail shall not be processed.

Application form must be accompanied by the following documents: two recent, identical and color 1”x1” ID pictures with white background and complete name tag (indicate the rank before the name); one legal size window envelope with P20 worth of mailing stamp; certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or PNP Absorption Order; and Report of Rating/Certification issued by the NAPOLCOM Central Office, CSC Certificate of Eligibility and/or PRC Board Certificate.

An examinee who failed in the special exam, or failed to take the test after being admitted, 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 Police Officer Examination; P450 for Senior Police Officer Examination; P500 for Police Inspector Examination; and P600 for Police Superintendent Examination.

NAPOLCOM promotes community-based crime prevention programs

June 23, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) amends the guidelines for the annual observance of the Police-Community Relations Month (PCRM) to promote a more responsive community-based crime prevention programs for the Philippine National Police (PNP).  

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao as the Commission issued Memorandum Circular No. 2017-002 dated June 2, 2017 which designates the Crime Prevention and Coordination Service (CPCS) as the appropriate unit of the Commission in planning PCRM activities.

The Commission has observed that the activities being organized in the early observance of the PCR Month are generally thematic on the shared responsibility between the police and the community in crime prevention and maintenance of peace and order, which are comparable to that of the activities organized by the CPCS for the annual observance of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) every first week of September. 

Vice-Chairman Casurao emphasized that the CPCS, in its engagements in the development and management of crime prevention programs, projects and activities, including organization and planning for the NCPW, has already established work linkages and networks with civil society organizations and government agencies supportive of the NAPOLCOM’s programs for the PNP.

“More importantly, the CPCS has been tasked to promote and implement the Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) System as a crime prevention framework that would strengthen consciousness among police officers of their key role in assisting local governments in the effective delivery of basic services to the citizenry and enabling communities to achieve socio-economic development,” Atty. Casurao said.

“The CPCS can, therefore, make use of the nationwide observance of the PCRM, besides that of the NCPW, as another launching platform in further promoting responsive and effective community-based crime prevention programs for the PNP,” Casurao added.

The CPCS will now be a part of the Technical Working Group (TWG) together with the PNP Directorate for Police-Community Relations (DPCR) in the organization, planning and community mobilization for the PCRM celebration which was formerly handled by NAPOLCOM’s Planning and Research Service (PRS).

Presidential Proclamation No. 783 dated April 12, 1996 declared the month of January as PCR Month with the NAPOLCOM as the lead agency. On January 24, 2005, the annual observance of the PCRM was moved to July pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 764.

7.63% pass PNP entrance exam

 June 20, 2017

A total of 2,026 or 7.63% out of the 26,561 examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance Exam conducted by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on April 23, 2017 in designated schools in Metro Manila and other testing centers nationwide.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao as the Commission released the partial list of successful examinees in the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations [Police Officer (PO) and Senior Police Officer (SPO) categories only].

Vice-Chairman Casurao added that out of the 6,634 who took the PO Exam, 2,440 (36.78%) passed while 2,648 (33.87%) out of the 7,819 examinees hurdled the SPO Exam. The results of the Police Inspector and Police Superintendent exam categories shall be released soon.

“The immediate release of the results of police exams is in consonance with the Commission’s commitment with the PNP and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to make the examination results in synch with the police recruitment process,” Casurao said.

According to Casurao, the overall passing percentage rate of 7.63% in the PNP entrance examination is significantly lower compared to last October 16, 2016 exam passing percentage of 11.57%.

“The low passing rate in the entrance exam 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 admitted in the police service,” Casurao said.

Vice-Chairman Casurao reiterates the Commission’s earlier warning for applicants of the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations not to commit any form of examination irregularity, such as cheating, impersonation, perjury or violation of examination rules, since the NAPOLCOM has a computer system that keeps track of the answer patterns of examinees.

Atty. Casurao said that the list of successful examinees will be posted at the NAPOLCOM central office 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 will be entertained at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide in July 2017.

NAPOLCOM okays recruitment of 545 professionals into the PNP

June 20, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recently authorized the recruitment of professionals with highly technical qualifications for lateral entry into the police service.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission en banc approved Resolution No. 2017-229 dated May 31, 2017 granting the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) the authority to fill 545 vacancies for the ranks of Police Senior Inspector and Police Inspector under the PNP CY 2017 Lateral Entry Program.

“The PNP Lateral Entry Program is aimed at strengthening the corps of Technical Service Officers in the police service,” Casurao said.

Out of the 545 vacancies in the various technical services of the PNP, 182 are for Police Senior Inspector (equivalent to Captain in the military) and 363 are for Police Inspector (equivalent to Lieutenant).

The quota distribution for Police Senior Inspector is broken down, as follows: 100 Lawyers, 48 Medical Doctors and 34 Priests, Imams or Pastors.

For the rank of Police Inspector, the PNP needs 85 Registered Nurses, 50 Psychologists, 54 Dentists, 50 Forensic Chemist/Chemical Engineers, 50 Criminologists, 18 Electronics and Communications Engineers, 40 Information Technology specialists, 11 Civil Engineers, three (3) Electrical Engineers and two (2) Architects.

“The Chief of Office or Unit and the members of the Lateral Entry Board and the Screening and Selection Committee, including the head and members of the Secretariat, who shall fail to strictly observe and comply with the rules and procedures on appointment of police personnel shall be dealt with under existing rules and regulations,” Atty. Casurao said.

NAPOLCOM approves recruitment of 14,484 new cops

 June 16, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the recruitment of 14,484 Police Officer 1 (PO1) through Resolution No. 2017-321 dated June 2, 2017 to increase police personnel strength, improve police-to-population ratio and enhance police visibility.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that for CY 2017, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will recruit 10,000 civilians for the regular recruitment quota and 4,484 new police officers for the attrition recruitment quota.

“The regular recruitment quota will be distributed to all Police Regional Offices (PROs) and to selected National Support Units (NSUs) to strengthen their respective Public Safety Forces (PSFs) and support their personnel build-up program,” Casurao said.

The attrition recruitment quota is intended to replenish personnel losses due to retirement, separation or death of PNP members, and consequently improve the prevailing peace and order condition in the operational area covered by the respective PROs and NSUs.

The 10,000 regular quota is distributed per region, as follows: PRO1- 300; PRO2- 350; PRO3- 300; PRO4A- 400; PRO4B- 350; PRO5- 800; PRO6- 400; PRO7- 300; PRO8- 800; PRO9- 500; PRO10- 600; PRO11- 500; PRO12- 500; PRO13- 700; PRO COR- 800; PRO ARMM-700; NCRPO- 360; PRO18- 700; Maritime Group (MG)- 200; Aviation Security Group (ASG)- 200; Headquarters Support Service (HSS)-100; Information Technology Management Service (ITMS)-50; Police Community Relations Group (PCRG)- 50; and Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC)- 40.

The 4,484 attrition quota is distributed per region, as follows: PRO1- 200; PRO2- 140; PRO3- 270; PRO4A- 260; PRO4B- 100; PRO5- 165; PRO6- 220; PRO7- 200; PRO8- 220; PRO9- 230; PRO10- 260; PRO11- 250; PRO12- 150; PRO13- 100; PRO COR- 200; PRO ARMM- 250; NCRPO- 500; PRO18- 150; MG- 150; ASG- 150; HSS-200; Explosive Ordnance Disposal K9 (EOD K9)- 54; and Crime Laboratory Group (CLG)- 65.

Applications can be filed at the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City and at the Police Regional Offices nationwide.

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that Chiefs of PNP Offices/Units and members of the various Screening Committees, including the head and members of the Secretariat, are required to ensure strict compliance with the recruitment procedures and guarantee the appointment of the best and most qualified police personnel, otherwise, they would be subjected to administrative sanctions.

NAPOLCOM opens applications for Police Executive Service exam

 June 9, 2017        

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) 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 9 to July 24, 2017. 

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the PESE Written Examination, which will be conducted on August 13, 2017 in Metro Manila, 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.

Vice-Chairman Casurao 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,” Casurao 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 from www.napolcom.gov.ph. Examination fee is Php 700.00.

Qualified applicants may file their application forms personally or by mail at any of the 18 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices nationwide. Application form must be accompanied by 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 20.00 worth of mailing stamp affixed on each envelope; and (4) copy of attested appointment (KSS Porma Bldg. 33).

NAPOLCOM withdraws deputation of two Mayors

May 31, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) ordered the withdrawal of the deputation of Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte Mayor Gamar Ahay Janihim and Clarin, Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro per Resolution No. 2017-280 dated May 18, 2017.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that their deputation as NAPOLCOM representatives in their respective areas of jurisdiction was suspended after the Commission received intelligence information that they are involved in the illegal drugs trade in the country. 

Premised on the pronouncements made by the President and pursuant to the NAPOLCOM’s  authority to initiate a motu proprio investigation of a local chief executive for the purpose of determining the necessity of suspending or withdrawing the latter’s deputation, the Commission was convinced that the incidence of illegal activities within the territory of the aforementioned local chief executives, specifically those relating to the illegal drugs trade, constitutes acts inimical to national security or which negate the effectiveness of the peace and order campaign in the country, thus serves as a valid ground to suspend or withdraw the deputation bestowed by the Commission.

According to Atty. Casurao, the withdrawal of the NAPOLCOM deputation of the two (2) Mayors was approved pursuant to the provisions of Section 65 of R.A. 8551 and NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 99-010, as amended by MC 2001-003, which prescribe the rules on the automatic deputation of local government executives as NAPOLCOM representatives and the procedures on the suspension or withdrawal and restoration of such deputation.

“The Commission also ordered the removal and revocation of the duties, obligations, powers and prerogatives vested upon Mayor Janihim and Mayor Navarro as NAPOLCOM deputies,” Atty. Casurao said.

Under Section 51 (b) of R.A. 6975, city and municipal mayors have the power to exercise operational supervision and control over PNP units in their respective jurisdiction that includes having the authority to choose the chief of police from a list of five (5) eligibles recommended by the provincial police director, preferably from the same province, city or municipality; while Section 64 of R.A. 855

NAPOLCOM promotes valiant cop

May 9, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the special promotion of SPO2 Donie D. Tidang from the Intelligence Unit of the Makati City Police through Resolution No. 2017-255 dated April 17, 2016.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao announced the promotion to the next higher rank of SPO2 Tidang after the Commission en banc recognized his act of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.

On July 30, 2015, SPO2 Tidang was conducting surveillance after a shooting incident that transpired on July 1, 2015 along Aguinaldo Street, Brgy. Rizal, Makati City. During his conversation with four (4) unidentified bystanders to elicit information on the suspects, he encountered the two (2) armed murder criminals on board a motorcycle. The back rider, later identified as Christopher Cruz a.k.a Balo, fired at SPO2 Tidang hitting him on his left leg. Although wounded, SPO2 Tidang fired back and hit Balo causing him to fall to the ground. Thereafter, a gun battle ensued between SPO2 Tidang and the driver of the motorcycle, later identified as John Paul Soria. SPO2 Tidang incurred injuries on both arms and left leg while Soria was hit on the face. The responding Bantay Bayan rushed the injured to the nearest hospital. The encounter resulted in the death of Christopher Cruz and the arrest of John Paul Soria.

“While the NAPOLCOM remains committed to continuously cleanse and professionalize the PNP, we also take cognizance of the outstanding accomplishments of our police officers by promoting those who truly deserve career advancement in the police service,” Casurao 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 confirms special promotion of 3 brave cops

April 27, 2017 

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the special promotion of PCINSP Gilzen Nino Manese, PO2 Celso Pilones, Jr. and PO1 Marvin Salonga for their meritorious performance in a police operation in Brgy. Camanga, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission en banc confirmed the promotion to the next higher rank of PCINSP Manese and his team after the NAPOLCOM recognized their acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty.

PCINSP Manese and his team responded to the reported shooting and robbery holdup incident at Loremae Restaurant located at Brgy.Militar, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur on March 6, 2015.

Although outnumbered, the police operatives pursued the chase of the robbery hold up gang known as “Baylon Group” along the National Highway, Brgy. Camanga, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.  The pursuit operation led to a gunfire that resulted in the death of three (3), wounding of two (2) and arrest of three (3) robbery holdup suspects.“

After a careful review and validation of facts and merits of their bravery following the recommendations made by the PNP Special Promotion, Awards and Decorations Board (SPADB), the NAPOLCOM confirmed the special promotion to the next higher rank of PCINSP Manese, PO2 Pilones, Jr. and PO1 Salonga,” Vice-Chairman Casurao said.

Special promotion is granted to any member of the PNP for acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty pursuant to Section 38 (b) of Republic Act No. 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of Republic Act No. 8551.

44,098 to take NAPOLCOM police exams

April 21, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will conduct the first Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance and promotional examinations for the 2017 calendar year to a total of 44,098 on April 23 in designated testing centers nationwide.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that 27,473 will take the PNP entrance exam while 16,625 are distributed to the various promotional test categories.

A total of 2,666 of the 27,473 examinees for the PNP entrance test and 3,446 of the 16,625 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 Casurao 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,” Casurao said.

Applicants are scheduled to proceed to their respective testing centers in the cities of Makati, San Fernando (La Union), Tuguegarao, Basco (Batanes), Angeles (Pampanga), Calamba, Bacoor, Palawan, Calapan, Sablayan (Occidental Mindoro), Romblon, Marinduque, Legazpi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Calbayog (Samar), Pagadian, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Koronadal, Baguio, Butuan, Cotabato (ARMM) and Bacolod.

“Strict compliance of the prescribed dress code is observed. 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,” Atty. Casurao stressed.

Director Ramon M. Rañeses, NAPOLCOM Personnel and Administrative Service Chief, reminds examinees to bring their notice of admission, pencil no. 2, black ballpen 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.

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

The Commission reiterates that committing any form of cheating is unacceptable. As per NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 2013-007 issued on October 30, 2013, civilian examinees shall be permanently barred from taking the PNP entrance examination. Moreover, if these 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.

Sueno: I respect the President’s decision, but I am not corrupt

April 4, 2017

Interior and Local Government Secretary on Tuesday said that he respects the decision of President Duterte to remove him from his post but he asserts that he has no hand in the corruption charges leveled against him by some sectors.

“I wholeheartedly accept the decision of the President.  It is his call if he wants me in his Cabinet or not.  But for the record, Mr. President, and I can say this with all honesty and sincerity, hindi po ako corrupt,” said Sueno.

He said that the President must have been fed with the wrong information by those who were salivating for his post from the start.

“I just wished the information was validated. If only the President asked DILG personnel from the central down to the regional and field offices, he would have known who amongst us are more credible and trustworthy,” he said.

He said he is ready to clear his name and he is ready to face any investigation by any concerned group or body.

“My conscience is clear.  Inuulit ko po, wala akong ginawa o ginagawang anomalya,” he said.

The embattled Sueno said that despite the circumstances, he is grateful for the opportunity to have served the DILG for almost ten months.

“I believe that I did my best and I gave my whole heart to the job.  I am also fortunate to have been given a chance to work with a dedicated and passionate workforce in the DILG,” he said.

One of the issues hurled against Sueno in the confidential letter sent by the MRRD-NECC (Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee) to Malacanang is the alleged anomalous payment of the Rosenbauer firetrucks.

He said there was no way that he could have prevented the purchase of the firetrucks because it was a perfected contract entered into by the previous administration.

“My role was to abide by the provision of the contract which says that I should ensure that the firetrucks to be delivered are in good condition so my team and I had to go to Austria to inspect them. If we did not do that, we cannot anymore complain if they delivered defective firetrucks to us,” he said.

Sueno also said that the firetrucks are actually much cheaper compared to locally-made firetrucks because these are under a soft loan agreement for 23 years with only minimal interest rates.

“The Austrian firetrucks are new ones compared to the locally-made ones which are cheaper but are reconditioned and which are good only for a few years.  But then again, this is beside the point.  The contract is perfected and I only had to implement it,” he said.

Sueno said that while there is a pending petition preventing the enforcement/implementation of the contract before the Supreme Court, there was no temporary restraining order, any injunctive relief or even a status quo ante order issued by the court suspending or holding the same in abeyance.

On the other corruption issues that were thrown against him, he said that the truth will prevail in the end.  “What goes around comes around.  I hope that they (referring to his detractors) will do better than I did in the DILG.  I may be old, I may not be as articulate as my three lawyer-undersecretaries, but if there is one thing that I am sure of is I am not corrupt.”  

NAPOLCOM Public Assistance Unit now fully operational

February 14, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the creation of its Public Assistance Unit (PAU) under the Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service (IMIS) to expedite response to any call for immediate assistance for or against members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer    Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao as the Commission issued Special Order No. 2017-001 to fully operationalize the said Unit. The PAU, which has been operational since February 3, 2017, renders duty on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week.

The PAU was created to monitor and investigate police anomalies/irregularities in line with the Commission’s thrust to attend more promptly and act expeditiously on all complaints emanating from all multi-media platforms,” Atty. Casurao said. 

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the PAU is tasked to receive calls involving police anomalies and irregularities and take appropriate actions as necessary and dispatch IMIS personnel to monitor, validate and investigate legitimate reports/complaints within 24 hours from receipt thereof.

Vice-Chairman Casurao explained that a complaint lodged before the Unit or information received/gathered will be evaluated whether it requires immediate dispatch of personnel to thwart any irregularity. All reports will be considered legitimate based on the following: the person complained of must be a member of the PNP; the acts complained of would constitute as a violation of the law and can be substantiated based on evidence.

“The Commission is at the forefront of its campaign in professionalizing the PNP. If the police become more aware that the NAPOLCOM is discharging its constitutional and statutory mandates, disciplined members within the ranks will increase. Eventually, time will come that within themselves, self-discipline will prevail; thus, serving the community better in the pursuit of justice, peace and security,” Atty. Casurao said. 

The NAPOLCOM Public Assistance Unit is located at the Ground Floor, DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City with telephone numbers 890-2143; 890-2535 and 899-8088.

NAPOLCOM increases combat duty pay of PNP uniformed personnel

February 10, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the increase of the combat duty pay and combat incentive pay of Philippine National Police (PNP) uniformed personnel involved in actual police operations.

This was announced by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno after the Commission en banc issued Resolution No. 2016-794 dated November 29, 2016 which approves the increase of said benefits and Resolution No. 2017-035 dated January 26, 2017 which confirms the PNP Memorandum Circular prescribing the implementing guidelines on the grant of said allowances to qualified PNP personnel.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casuaro said that this is pursuant to President Rodrigo Duterte’s  Executive Order No. 3 dated September 26, 2016 entitled “Increasing the Rates of Combat Duty Pay and Combat Incentive Pay of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Extending the same allowances to the Uniformed Personnel of the Philippine National Police, Amending therefor Executive Order No. 38 (S. 2011)” in order to improve the living conditions of the men in uniform who are engaged in combating threats to national security and public order and safety.

“The Commission fully supports the desire of the President to boost the morale of the uniformed members of the PNP, particularly those assigned to high-risk operations, by increasing their monthly combat duty pay and combat incentive pay,” Casurao said.

From P500 per month, qualified PNP personnel shall now receive ₱3,000.00 monthly combat duty pay. Those who are entitled are police officers engaged in actual police operations, patrol duties, anti-terrorism activities and those assigned at the regional headquarters and national support unit headquarters performing support to counter-insurgency and anti-criminality operations, including those providing security to the President and his family and those confined in hospitals due to wounds or injuries sustained or incurred while in police or combat operations.

PNP uniformed personnel who figure directly in actual combat against members of various insurgent, terrorist and lawless elements shall be entitled to an additional combat incentive pay of ₱300.00 per day subject to the following conditions: (1) the operation must be for a specific combat mission that is duly covered by a PNP Mission Order; (2) the personnel involved in combat must be in the published task organization of the PNP Mission Order; and (3) the total additional combat incentive pay for each individual shall not exceed ₱3,000.00 per month.

Vice-Chairman Casurao emphasized that the combat incentive pay shall be over and above the combat duty pay for qualified uniformed personnel of the PNP.

The increased rates in the combat duty pay and combat incentive pay took effect on September 1, 2016.

NAPOLCOM recommends to President Duterte 42 SAF troopers for Medal of Valor

February 7, 2017

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) recommends to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte the conferment of the Medal of Valor-Posthumous (Medalya ng Kagitingan) on the 42 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers who died in action during a police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015.

The NAPOLCOM en banc chaired by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Ismael D. Sueno endorsed to the Office of the President Resolution No. 2017-077 dated January 31, 2017 recommending the conferment of the Philippine National Police (PNP) highest award on the 42 SAF heroes who were previously awarded with the PNP Distinguished Conduct Medal-Posthumous (Medalya ng Kabayanihan) on November 25, 2015.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that two (2) of the SAF 44 heroes were already conferred with the PNP Medal of Valor-Posthumous on January 25, 2016. They were PCINSP Gednat G. Tabdi, the team leader of Team 1 of the Main Effort 1, 84th Special Action Company, and PO2 Romeo C. Cempron, the lead gunner of the Main Effort 2, 55th Special Action Company.

Despite being outnumbered, the 44 SAF commandos exhibited conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty which resulted in the successful neutralization of Zulkifli Bin Hir a.k.a Marwan and Basit Usman. Marwan is one of the most wanted terrorists and bomb makers in Southeast Asia with $5 Million reward in the Rewards for Justice Program of the US Department of State and ₱7.4 Million in the DND-DILG Joint Order Number 15-2012.

“While the NAPOLCOM is committed to cleanse the PNP of rogue cops, it also continues to recognize commendable acts, self-sacrifice and bravery of our police officers. We will never forget the SAF 44 heroes. It is only right and just to award all of them with the highest recognition, the Medal of Valor or Medalya ng Kagitingan,” Atty. Casurao said.

Under Republic Act No. 9049 (An Act Granting Monthly Gratuity and Privileges to an Awardee of Medal of Valor) Medal of Valor awardees are entitled to a lifetime monthly pension of twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00) with several incentives and special privileges.

Among the benefits already received by the 44 SAF troopers from the NAPOLCOM were one-rank posthumous promotion, gratuity and pension for their families, and NAPOLCOM scholarship grant for their children.

NAPOLCOM denies reinstatement for sale claims

February 1, 2017

National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao categorically denies the existence of an alleged reinstatement for sale within the Commission as claimed by Dante Jimenez of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption.

Based on our records from 2003 to October 31, 2013, the NAPOLCOM rendered decisions on administrative cases filed against 143 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), 98 of whom were meted the penalty of dismissal from the police service.

“However, NAPOLCOM or Regional Appellate Board decisions dismissing a PNP member from the service are not final, though executory, since they are appealable to the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government or Civil Service Commission as the case may be. Decisions may be further appealed to the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court,” Atty. Casurao said.

Records from 1993 to 2012 showed that the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government reversed the penalty of dismissal from the service imposed by the NAPOLCOM on 17 PNP respondents and ordered their reinstatement to the police service. 

Upon the assumption of the new set of Commissioners, they were able to dispose of 712 cases in just a span of ten months. Further, in order to expedite the disposition of summary dismissal cases against erring policemen, the present Commission has adopted the following measures: (1) Conduct of regular monthly      en banc deliberations instead of the usual practice of ad referendum deliberations; (2) adoption of new set of procedures which do away with trial-type proceedings and which merely mandate the submission of position papers; and (3) the upgrading of present positions and the creation of new positions to beef-up the manpower complement of the Commission

The NAPOLCOM encourages the public and media to come forward and provide any information regarding rotten eggs within the police force.

“The NAPOLCOM sees the gravity of the allegations and we at the Commission assure the people that we will not tolerate police officers whose despicable acts smear the image of the PNP,” Casurao said.

NAPOLCOM opens on-line scheduling for April 2017 PNP exams

January 25, 2017

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 January 30 – February 3, 2017 for the police entrance exam, February 6 – 10, 2017 for the Police Officer (PO) exam and February 13 – 17, 2017 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 April 23, 2017.

NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the OLEASS shall be opened at 12:00 NN onwards on January 30 for the entrance exam, February 6 for the PO exam and February 13 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.

“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,” Casurao said.

He also said that only applicants with a confirmed scheduled appointment with reference number shall be entertained. The period of filing of application is from February 27 – March 24, 2017.

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.

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 P17 worth of mailing stamp; transcript of scholastic record with Special Order issued by CHED and diploma; and birth certificate in security paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy of the birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by the PSA. 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.

Casurao 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.

20.05% pass promotional tests for cops

January 11, 2017

A total of 240 or 20.05% of the 1,197 police examinees passed the Philippine National Police (PNP) promotional examinations for Inspector and Superintendent categories conducted nationwide by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) last October 16, 2016.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao as the Commission released the list of successful examinees in the Inspector and Superintendent examinations.

The passing percentage rate for the Inspector Exam is 15.59% (157 of 1,007 examinees) while for the Superintendent Exam is 43.68% (83 of 190 examinees).

Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the low passing rate in both exam categories 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 most qualified PNP personnel are promoted in the police service.

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 in all 18 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices, and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Individual report 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.

The Commission earlier released on December 27, 2016 the list of successful examinees in the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations (Police Officer and Senior Police Officer categories).

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July 7, 2017 

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the special promotion of PO1 Judy Ann De Villa from Navotas Police Special Patrol Unit through Resolution No. 2017-320 dated June 2, 2017.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer                Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao after the Commission confirmed the special promotion to the next higher rank of PO1 De Villa who single-handedly foiled a robbery-holdup aboard a passenger bus.

On December 1, 2015 at about 11:25 p.m., PO1 De Villa responded to a robbery-holdup incident that transpired inside a passenger bus while she was on her way home   to Makati City. The Cher bus was traversing Southbound along EDSA near Samson College in Cubao, Quezon City when one of the three male suspects, later identified as Juanito Arsenio, declared holdup and snatched the handbag of a lady passenger.

Aiming her gun at the suspects, she introduced herself as a police officer and ordered them to surrender peacefully. However, Arsenio retaliated by pointing his gun at PO1 De Villa before he jumped off the bus while his cohorts, armed with knives, fled from the scene. PO1 De Villa chased Arsenio and when about to be cornered, the latter once again pointed his gun at her which prompted the female cop to shoot him on the body.

Operatives from the nearby Police Station 7 of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) immediately responded to the scene and rushed the wounded assailant to the Quirino Memorial Medical Hospital. The incident resulted in the arrest of Arsenio and the recovery of one .22 caliber loaded with five live ammunition.

“In our unending fight against criminality, we recognize this act of bravery of our police officers. Commendations are granted to members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who observe a high standard of discipline in order to implement their duty to serve and protect the citizenry,” Vice-Chairman Casurao said.

Special promotion is granted to any member of the PNP for acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry at the risk of his/her life above and beyond the call of duty pursuant to Section 38 (b) of Republic Act No. 6975, as amended by Section 33 (b) of Republic Act No. 8551.

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