Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Philippine military, cops need 13,700 recruits

By Jaime Pilapil and Romie Evangelista
Manila Standard

THE Armed Forces and the police are in need of 13,700 new recruits this year as they augment their ranks to put an end to the communist insurgency and thwart terror plots.

Armed Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Ernesto Torres said the military is recruiting 6,700 soldiers equivalent to 13 full-force battalions.

Torres said the Army gets the bulk of recruits at 3,900; the Navy, 800; and the Air Force, 600 new pilots. Armed Forces leaders have vowed to end the communist insurgency before the end of President Arroyo’s term in 2010, a goal that requires additional men and firepower.

Torres said the military also needs 1,400 technical personnel—lawyers, doctors and nurses, among others—to beef up its non-combatant personnel.

Torres said an applicant should be between 18 and 26 years old, at least five feet and four inches tall for men and five feet two inches tall for women. An applicant must have at least two years of college education.

Asked if the sexual orientation of applicants will play a role in their recruitment, Torres said, “We have a series of physical and neuropsychological tests. It is up to the board tasked to screen the applicants.”

A soldier’s base pay amounts to P8,139 a month.

National Police Chief Jesus Verzosa said the recruitment for new policemen will be done in three batches— 3,000 for the first semester, 3,000 for the second semester and 1,000 more for the National Capital Region Police Office.

“This is part of the regular recruitment program of the PNP and aims to augment the required number of 3,000 new Police Officers One for 2009 and replace those who either retired or died, or dismissed or resigned in 2008,” Verzosa said.

Verzosa said the NCRPO gets 1,000 of the new recruits, the biggest among police offices. Police Region 5 gets 550 of the recruits, Police Regional Office 7 (Central Visayas) and Police Regional Office 12 (Central Mindanao) both get 430 new recruits.

“Applicants can proceed to the nearest police station and submit documentary requirements,” police spokesman Chief Supt. Nicanor Bartolome said.

“Out of the total 7,245 quota, 10 percent or 725 slots will be distributed to the National Support Units and 90 percent or 6,520 shall be distributed to the various police regional offices,” Police Director Edgardo Acuña of the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management said.

“The total distribution for all the Mindanao regions is 1,981 new police recruits. This is due to the constant threat of terrorism and peace and order concerns in the area,” he said.

1 comment:

  1. Hi!

    I am currently serving as a PCV in Cameroon, West Africa, and would like to visit the Philippines in July 2009. Are you still serving there, and can you put me in touch with other PCVs there? I will be flying into manila, but really would love to discover more than that!

    Please contact me.

    Tara Smith