Albayalde vows gender-sensitive PNP recruitment system

October 17, 2018

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has maintained anew a gender-sensitive PNP recruitment system consistent with the national policy on gender and development.

“As far as the recruitment and selection process is concerned, I am pleased to announce that the PNP is 100 percent compliant to the requirements of law in terms of gender equality and empowerment of women,” the country’s top cop told the Journal Group.

He made the statement as Director Lyndon G. Cubos, the head of the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management announced a new fool-proof comprehensive selection process in coordination with the National Police Commission to fill-up 4,014 vacancies for Line Officers under the 2018 Lateral Entry Program.

“The PNP has done away with the traditional troop ceiling for women and other gender restrictions in recruitment and selection thus opening equal opportunities in filling-up of vacant positions,” Gen. Albayalde said.

Cubos said a total of 3,822 police non-commissioned officers or 53.09 percent of the 7,199 who took the PNP Lateral Entry Examination three weeks ago passed the test and would qualify for further screening to join the PNP Officers’ Corps.

DPRM records showed that there were actually a total of 7,257 examinees on that date but 58 were marked as either absent or have no PNP Identification Cards while one was over-age.

The top 3 passers were Senior Police Officer 3 Jeremy M. Tagle of the Binangonan Municipal Police Station in Rizal; SPO3 Jennice M. Jumalon of the Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office in Caraga region; and PO3 Cris Christian T. Patayon of the Panaon Municipal Police Station in Misamis Occidental in Northern Mindanao.

Cubos said the number of passing examinees or those with a raw score of 70 percent up comprises 53.09 percent of the total. Those who failed or a total of 3,377 with below 70 percent raw score comprise 46.91 percent of the total examinees.

He said  1,239 out of the 2,433 total examinees in the National Capital Region passed the exam while 894 of the 1,542 examinees in Central Luzon made the grade. In Calabarzon region, 481 of the 907 examinees passed the test while 497 of the 884 examinees in Central Visayas also passed the exams.

In Mindanao, 71 of the 1,448 examinees passed the test. Cubos said  565 out of the 3,882 policewomen who took the test passed the examination.

The 7,199 were the first to take a PNP promotion system with imposed added safeguards to ensure transparency and integrity of its recruitment and selection process.

Gen. Albayalde said they are making sure there won’t be any ‘cheating’ as they try to fill-up 4,014 vacancies for Line Officers and Criminologists who will be commissioned into the PNP Officer Corps under the Calendar Year 2018 Lateral Entry Program for Line Officers duly approved by the National Police Commission.

The PNP has imposed added safeguards to ensure the transparency and integrity of their administrative processes, particularly in recruitment and selection to eliminate possible opportunities for irregular practices of undue influence, favoritism, fraud and corruption, said Gen. Albayalde.

The PNP chief explained that although the PNP remains a male-dominated organization, women are continuously taking a permanent foothold in the policing landscape.  According to Gen. Albayalde, the Women Police Service (WPS), traditionally delegated to auxiliary functions, has been deactivated and its women members had been integrated into the regular force alongside their male counterparts

The current PNP strength of 180,767 is composed of 83.4 percent male and 16.6 percent female personnel.  Women officers comprise 14 percent of the PNP Officer Corps.