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In a bid to improve its crime-busting capability, the regional police hierarchy in the region announced its hiring and recruitment of policemen to fill up the 117 vacant slots for Eastern Visayas.
PCSupt. Elmer R. Soria said the region needs more policemen for more police visibility and anti-crime operations.
“This will be a big boost on our strength. With additional personnel, we hope to close the gap in terms of police to population ratio,” PRO8 Regional Director Soria said.
To date, Eastern Visayas has a police to population ratio of one policeman for every 666 population while the ideal ratio is 1:500 to conform to international standard.
Supt. Soria added that those who will be recruited are expected to further “beef-up the existing PNP personnel complement for law enforcement and public safety operations” of the PNP in the region.
The Regional Director also informed that he had requested the National Headquarters for an additional quota of 130 more new recruits to increase the second semester 2012 quota to 247.
The region’s PNP top official, however, stressed that only half of the total figure can be considered as additional force to the 6,140-strong PRO8 personnel while the other half will serve as replacement to those who will or are expected to retire, resign and dismissed from the service.
Based on PNP records, an average of 2,500 to 3,000 policemen leaves the organization yearly for various reasons aside from retirement, dismissal and resignation.
In year 2011, PRO8 have 154 policemen who have either compulsory or optionally retired while 20 others were dismissed from service.
The Regional Personnel and Human Resource Management Division of PRO8 had started accepting initial application folders last September 3 up to September 14 this year.
Applicants are required to undergo recruitment processes of Neuro-Psychiatric (NP) Screening; Physical, Medical and Dental Examination; Physical Agility Test; Drug Test; Complete Background Investigation; and Final Board Interview.
Oath-taking ceremony for new recruits will be held on November 16, 2012 formalizing their appointment to the rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1) with a basic monthly salary of P14, 834.00 with allowances and other non-cash benefits.
Upon appointment into the service, the recruits will undergo the mandatory Public Safety Basic Recruit Course (PSBRC) at the Philippine Public Safety College – Regional Training School 8 (PPSC RTS8) for six months after which the trainees will undergo another six months of Field Training Program (FTP) before they are assigned to full duty status in the Regional Public Safety Battalion 8 (RPSB8).
The recruitment program is part of the modernization program of the PNP, in which P2 billion was allotted to the organization for recruitment of additional personnel and procurement of equipments.
The National Police Commission has authorized the PNP to recruit 6,000 more police personnel this year as part of the 2012 Regular and Attrition Recruitment Program which is intended to replace the projected number of personnel who will be separated from the service due to retirement, resignation, and dismissal for cause, SORIA explained.