NAPOLCOM amends qualification standards
In a bid to address the prevailing vacuum in officership, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has revised the requirement for appointment in the different Philippine National Police (PNP) ranks.
The NAPOLCOM en banc headed by Interior and Local Government Sec. and NAPOLCOM Chairman Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas 2n approved a new resolution that reduced the experience/time-in-grade requirement.
Resolution No. 2013-501, which prescribes the modified guidelines on the qualification standards, was adopted in order to reconcile previous issuances and set a clear reference on the mandatory requirements for appointment to different PNP ranks.
NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo Escueta said the new resolution applies to all Police Non-Commissioned Officers (Police Officer I to Senior Police Officer IV), Police Commissioned Officers (Police Inspector to Police Superintendent) and Third Level Ranks (Police Senior Superintendent to Police Director General).
The new resolution specifically provides for the reduction of the experience/time-in-grade requirement in the ranks Police Officer II (from 4 years to 2 years as PO I), Police Officer III (from 3 years to 2 years as PO II), Senior Police Officer II (from 3 years to 2 years as SPO I), Senior Police Officer III (from 3 years to 2 years as SPO II), Senior Police Officer IV (from 3 years to 2 years as SPO III), Police Senior Inspector (from 4 years to 3 years as P/Inspector), Police Chief Inspector (from 5 years to 3 years as P/Senior Inspector) and Police Superintendent (from 5 years to 3 years as P/Chief Inspector).
The required experience/time-in-grade remains the same for the ranks of Senior Police Officer I (3 years as PO III), Police Inspector (3 years as SPO IV), Police Senior Superintendent (3 years as P/Superintendent) and Police Chief Superintendent (2 years as P/Senior Superintendent).
“The experience/time-in grade for the ranks of Police Director, Police Deputy Director General and Police Director General is not required because the President, upon the recommendation of the NAPOLCOM, has the prerogative to promote them at any given time,” Escueta said.
He emphasized that all uniformed members of the PNP must possess the prescribed qualification standards, such as education, experience, training and eligibility before they are promoted to the next higher rank.
Consistent with existing rules and regulations, the NAPOLCOM furnished copies of the said resolution to the Office of the President and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for their reference and confirmation.
Escueta explained that the amended resolution shall take effect upon the CSC’s confirmation of the said issuance. In the meantime, the qualification standards under Resolution No. 2011-196 still apply.