THE National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) saved from being fired 319 police officers who failed to get promoted due to lack of a collegiate degree as they were made exempt from this education requirement due to their exemplary performance.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mel Senen S. Sarmiento, in four resolutions, exempted the policemen from the education requirement after records showed that they have already rendered more than 15 years of police service and have exhibited exemplary performance.
He explained that the exemptions were granted pursuant to Section 1(j) of Republic Act 9708 of 2009 which provides that policemen members who have rendered 15 or mores years of exemplary service, as determined by the Commission, shall no longer be required to comply with the minimum educational requirement of having a baccalaureate degree.
NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta said there are 1,852 policemen who have yet to comply with the minimum education requirement needed despite being in the ranks for more than 15 years.
Escueta said exemplary performance in the police service refers to the average adjectival rating of at least “Very Satisfactory,” or its numerical equivalent, of a police officer in his/her Performance Evaluation Rating for a period of two years prior to the effectivity of R.A. 9708 on August 11, 2009.
However, Escueta explained policemen who were granted this exemption are not still not qualified for promotion to the next higher rank unless they meet the other requirements needed for promotion.
“The Commission continues to evaluate the documents submitted by the remaining 1,533 rank and file policemen to determine if they satisfy the requirements to be granted said exemption,” Escueta added.