Tall is good but now short is alright

Filipino policemen in formation. Image © philstar.com

THE Philippine National Police Commission has removed the height requirement for aspiring lawmen as long as they are bachelor’s degree holder, not more than 30 years old and have passed the Philippine National Police entrance examination.

This was learned from NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman and Executive Officer lawyer Rogelio Casurao while announcing the activation of the On-Line Examination Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) in the commission’s website at www.napolcom.gov.ph or www.napolcom-oleass.com for the nationwide conduct of the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations (PNP-EPE).

Casurao said starting with the police examinations on April 22, there shall be no more height requirement for police examination applicants.

The online application schedule is on January 29 to February 2 for the PNP Entrance exam; February 5 to for Police Officer (PO) exam; and February 12 to 16 for Senior Police Officer (SPO), Inspector (INSP) and Superintendent (SUPT) exams.

The OLEASS shall be opened beginning 12:00 noon on January 29 for the Entrance exam, February 5 for the PO exam and February 12 for the SPO, INSP and SUPT exams.

Acceptance of applications shall be on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and, upon due notice, may be stopped even ahead of the deadline.

“To expedite the processing of exam applications, the NAPOLCOM shall start implementing the enhanced OLEASS which now has features for on-line filling up, submission and printing out of an electronic exam application form,” Casurao explained.

Applicants with confirmed schedule shall be sent an auto-generated email informing them to access the on-link and enter all the required information in the application form. Only applicants with printed confirmation letter and filled-out electronic exam application form shall be entertained at the NAPOLCOM Regional Offices during their scheduled appointment date.

The period of filing of application is from February 19 to March 19, 2018.

The OLEASS allows entrance exam applicants to choose the examination center where they want to take the exam regardless of their place of residence. But for the promotional exam applicants, the examination center is automatically assigned by the computer system based on the home address or unit/assignment address provided by the police applicants.

“These innovations in the administration of the NAPOLCOM examinations is intended to streamline existing procedures geared towards fostering a more client-friendly front line service delivery environment,” Casurao said.

The PNP Entrance Examination is open to all Filipino citizens who are not more than 30 years old and bachelor’s degree holder. Police Officers I (PO1) whose appointments are temporary for lack of appropriate eligibility are also required to take said entrance exam.

Meanwhile, the Promotional Examinations are open exclusively to all qualified uniformed members of the PNP who meet the minimum qualification standards for examination in terms of rank and eligibility.

Civilian applicants must bring the printed confirmation letter and electronic application form; two recent, identical and color 1”x1” ID pictures with white background and complete name tag (for PNP members, the name tag should indicate the rank before the name); one legal size window envelope with P17 worth of mailing stamp; transcript of scholastic record with Special Order issued by CHED and diploma; and birth certificate in security paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or certified true copy of the birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by the PSA. For a PO1 with temporary appointment, a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or Special Order is also required for submission.

Applicants for the Promotional Examinations should submit the first three requirements mentioned above; a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or PNP Absorption Order; and a Report of Rating/Certification issued by the NAPOLCOM Central Office, CSC Certificate of Eligibility and/or PRC Board Certificate.

Examination fee is Php400 for the PNP Entrance and Police Officer exams; Php450 for Senior Police Officer exam; Php500 for Police Inspector exam; and Php600 for Police Superintendent exam.

NAPOLCOM clarification 01232018:

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) clarifies that the removal of the height requirement is only for the purpose of taking the PNP Entrance Examination and not for PNP Recruitment purposes.
The requirements for taking the PNP Entrance Examination are distinct and separate from the general qualifications required in the recruitment of qualified applicants for Police Officer 1 (PO1) which include the height requirement of at least 1.62 meters for male and 1.57 meters for female.
\The NAPOLCOM emphasizes that taking and passing the PNP Entrance Examination is not a guarantee for automatic entry into the police force. Only those who possess the general qualifications specified under Section 14 of Republic Act No. 8551 are qualified for appointment as member of the PNP.
To set the record straight, the Commission reiterates that the removal of height limit applies to examination purposes only, and not to police recruitment as reported by some media entities.
Height requirement is still included in the set of basic qualifications of the PNP that must be complied with by qualified applicants who aspire to become police officers.


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