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PNP tightens recruitment process to weed out potential ‘scalawags’

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it has tightened its personnel recruitment process to avoid applicants who have the tendency to violate human rights and take advantage of the privileges of the uniform.

Director Arturo Cacdac Jr. of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management bared this during the Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) Forum at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) main office in Diliman, Quezon City on Friday.

Cacdac told the weekly forum organized by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) led by Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma and PIA Director General Jose A. Fabia that the PNP has instituted measures in the recruitment process such as intensive psychological and integrity tests.

He said that PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo ordered strict compliance with the neuro-psyhiatric examinations and drug tests among possible recruits.

Cacdac also appealed to the public to report to the PNP leadership or nearest police station if they find abusive policemen in their area.

According to him, one of the measures in strengthening police recruitment and promoting moral values in the police ranks is the PNP-Integrated Transformation Program-Performance Governance System (PNP-ITP-PGS).

Cacdac said PNP-ITP-IGS is the organization’s roadmap towards long-lasting reforms which, among other things, aim to enhance the welfare and benefit of PNP personnel and their dependents.

He said one of the programs is the PNP-Health Service (PNP-HS) which strengthens efforts for the implementation of the “Pulis: Health Mo Okay” (HMO) program aimed at providing accessible, quality and responsive health services to the 138,000 PNP personnel.

Cacdac explained that with the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), PNP and the Department of Health (DOH) in December 2008, PNP personnel could now be treated and confined in more than 70 select DOH-retained tertiary hospitals nationwide.

Of these hospitals, 22 are in the National Capital Region (NCR) and the rest are located in other regions in the country.

By Joel C. Atencio-PNA




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