Monday, 2 February 2009

Philippine police hiring more recruits

Cecille Suerte Felipe
The Philippine Star

While a lot of companies have started terminating some of their employees and streamlining operations, the Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to hire more policemen.

In a statement sent to The STAR, PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa said that with the hard times, the PNP is expanding and hiring new recruits.

“The police service is inversely affected by the economic crisis. When people are losing jobs in the private sector, that is the time we hire more policemen. When times are hard, petty crimes rise,” he said.

Only last month, the PNP inducted into service 4,782 new recruits, 1,424 of them women.

The recruits included 91 licensed professionals such as medical doctors, lawyers, criminologists, chemists and even a priest.

Verzosa described these professionals as people seeking to make a real difference in their community, ready for a variety of experiences and a life full of excitement.

Verzosa is working to raise the salaries and benefits of policemen, from housing to medical, legal assistance and education assistance for their dependents to make a career in the PNP more attractive.

At present, a new recruit with a rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1) receives P9,466 as basic monthly salary.

Professionals, on the other hand, enter the police service as Inspector or Senior Inspector with a basic pay of P18,334 and P19,067 respectively.

“It’s not very high but it’s not very low either. We’re trying to raise it further, but of course we have some budget constraints to consider,” Verzosa said.

The PNP chief is also working on a project started by his predecessor – a move to provide houses for the entire police force.

A 2006 survey showed that only 51,000 of the PNP’s 120,000 personnel live in their own houses. The same survey revealed that those 51,000 perform better than their renting counterparts.

This is the reason why the PNP has partnered with private group Gawad Kalinga and has began two housing projects for policemen in Tarlac and Taguig City. Both projects are called “Pulis Kalinga.”

On top of the pay and benefits, those who try their luck with the PNP could expect a lifetime of growth as the organization invests more on its human resources.

Verzosa said promotion is underway for those who would volunteer to be assigned to the provinces where there are less policemen.

“We want to encourage our ranking policemen to volunteer to be assigned to the Visayas or Mindanao where police presence is more needed. Our problems in Metro Manila do not originate here but in the provinces, that’s why we’re beefing up our forces in some areas in the Visayas and Mindanao which are considered breeding grounds of lawless elements,” he said.

Verzosa added that many benefits await those who would volunteer to be assigned to far-flung areas.

“We will promote them because we want our police headquarters in the barrios to be led by officers. They will get all allowances and they can even stretch their pay in the provinces because the standard of living there is lower,” he said.

Those interested to become policemen can go to the PNP headquarters at Camp Crame or its regional offices.

Non-commissioned officers should be college graduates, 21 to 30 years old, physically fit, with good moral conduct, and must pass a battery of tests.

They may contact the PNP’s Directorate for Personnel and Records Management at (02) 721-9685 or 723-0401 to 20 local 4511 or 4501 or send an e-mail to


  1. good morning sir/madam; can i ask kahit d po graduate Ounder graduate qualify po bang mag-apply? louie ogalinola..thank you & god bless

  2. good morning sir/madam; ask ko lang po kung qualify pa rin mag-apply as police kahit nung 2004 pa nagexam pero pasado po sa exam?d b po eligibility ng isang tao ang napolcom passer?ron-ron..thank you po & God bless

  3. tanggapn khit hindi ktangkaran pero un desire to be a good police men and women eh 100%.
    tulad ko...
    i wanted to be a good police women pero dhil s height ko nagaalinlangan ako,,..