THE NATIONAL POLICE Commission (Napolcom) has postponed the Philippine National Police (PNP) Promotional and Entrance Examinations to Nov. 7. Napolcom has earlier set the nationwide conduct of the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations this coming Sunday, Oct. 24, while the period of filing of applications ran from Aug. 16 to Sept. 30.
Napolcom justified that the postponement is “in view of the Oct. 25 barangay and SK elections” as it added that the Nov. 7 exam is the second set of such exams since the first one was conducted last April 25.
Subject coverage of the exam includes general information, police administration, police operations and police customs and traditions or values and ethical standards, the commission said.
Napolcom Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo Escueta, in a statement obtained by this paper, said that successful examinees of the entrance examination will be conferred the PNP Entrance Eligibility.
The eligibility appropriate for appointment to the rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1). Successful examinees shall also be conferred eligibilities appropriate for promotion to the ranks corresponding to the exam’s Eligibility Rank Coverage (ERC), he added.
The promotional exam for Police Officers, Senior Police Officers, Police Inspectors and Police Superintendents is open exclusively to all qualified uniformed members of the PNP who meet the minimum qualification standards, in terms of rank and eligibility.
The PNP Entrance Exam is open to all Filipino citizens who possess the age, height and educational requirements as well as to PO1s whose appointments are temporary for lack of eligibility.
The test is likewise open to civilians who are bachelor’s degree holder, not more than 30 years old, 1.62 meters tall for male and 1.57 meters for female.
Escueta stressed that the Commission has adopted a new procedure in the processing of applications for all Napolcom given exams, wherein the picture of the applicant will be permanently printed in the application form and notice of admission.
The new procedure requires all applicants to file personally at Napolcom regional offices and as Escueta explained the new rule “will further protect the integrity of the exams by preventing substitution committed by unscrupulous examinees.”
Presently, Napolcom testing centers are in the cities of San Fernando (La Union and Pampanga), Tuguegarao, Calamba, Puerto Prinsesa, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, Legaspi, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Koronadal, Butuan, Cotabato and Baguio.
Last year, a total of 37,745 examinees took the PNP entrance and promotional examinations in 19 testing centers. About 20,293 applied for PNP entrance examination while 17,452 admissions were for promotional level police service exams.