SAN FERNANDO CITY – A total of 311 new police recruits took their oath of office on February 1 after passing a rigid screening process set by the Philippine National Police and strictly implemented by the Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) Regional Screening Committee (RSC).
Composed of 100 females and 211 males, the new police recruits were sent for a 12-month field training program at the Regional Training Center 1 (TRC1) in Aringay, La Union.
In his message after administering the oath of office, Police Chief Superintendent Gregorio R. Pimentel, Regional Director of PRO1, challenged the new recruits to become the agents and implementers of change and to work hard for the country.
“Nobody is perfect, but as long as we know what we are doing, as long as we understood what we have sworn, there’s no way that we will go wrong,” Pimentel said as he urged the new recruits to become the core of the new police force.
The regional director also challenged the leadership of Regional Training Center 1 (RTC1) to give the best training and transformation for the recruits.
“I want you to start a training that will develop each and every recruit a new breed of officer. An officer that cannot be corrupted, an officer that can say no to drugs and an officer that is willing to fight against criminality,” he added.
A PO1, the lowest rank in the PNP Organization will be receiving a monthly basic pay of P14,834.00 exclusive of allowances while undergoing training.
Meanwhile a total of 398 police commissioned officers (PCOs) and police non-commissioned officers (PNCOs) from the Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) were recently promoted based on merit and fitness.
Supt. Cherry Fajardo, chief of PRO1 public information office, said that of the 41 PCOs, six were promoted to police superintendent; 13 to police chief inspector; 12 to police senior inspector; and 10 to police inspector.
Of the 357 PNCOs, eight were promoted to Senior Police Officer 4 (SPO4); 23 to SPO3; 36 for SPO2; 76 for SPO1; 59 for PO3; and 155 for PO2.
Fajardo said that the time-in grade, eligibility, and length of service were part of the initial criteria to qualify for the promotion applicatiom which he further described as a “rigid screening process.”
Once qualified, the applicants were ranked based on performance evaluation rating, educational attainment, awards, and were subjected for panel interview and work behavioral and performance appraisal or the so-called neuro test.
The Screening Board is composed of a representative from the National Police Commission, the deputy regional director for administration, division chiefs, regional executive senior police officer, and the secretariat.#