Napolcom okays Beng’s request for PNP exam in Zambo in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 11:00

By VIC LARATO

Here’s good news for those wanting to join the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has finally approved the request of Mayor Beng Climaco for the conduct of PNP entrance examinations in Zamboanga City starting 2016.

Mayor Climaco announced this during the press briefing in City Hall Monday as she thanked former Interior and Local Government secretary now Liberal Party standard bearer for 2016 elections Mar Roxas for making her request a reality.

This was also confirmed no less by Atty. Alexis De Lima, officer-in-charge of Napolcom Satellite Office in Zamboanga, saying that beginning next year there will be regular conduct of entrance examinations for the PNP in Zamboanga City in addition to Pagadian City.

Atty. de Lima said Napolcom conducts PNP exams twice a year: the first semester exam is usually scheduled between April and May, while the second semester exam would usually take place every October or November.

To recall, Mayor Climaco has fought aggressively for Napolcom to administer the PNP entrance exams in Zamboanga so that police wannabes, mostly criminology graduates, from this city and nearby provinces don’t have to travel to Pagadian City to take the exam, thereby leaving their jobs and families behind.

De Lima explained the mayor’s request, however, was not immediately considered for the October 2015 examination as Napolcom’s budget for such activity was only enough for one testing center in Region 9, which was Pagadian City.

But now, he added, Region 9 will have two testing centers for PNP entrance exams as per communication addressed to Mayor Climaco from Napolcom central office, designating Zamboanga City as a testing center starting next year and onwards.

The Napolcom administers and controls the PNP as mandated by the Constitution and the major police reform laws, Republic Act Nos. 6975 and 8551.

Under RA 8551 (PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998), the Commission regained the powers to investigate police anomalies and irregularities, and to administer police entrance examination and is granted summary dismissal powers over erring policemen.— Vic Larato