THE Philippine National Police has renewed its call on Congress to pass a law that will allow the entry of college undergraduates or those with at least 72 collegiate units into the force amid its effort to beef-up its manpower strength needed to further step-up patrolling in the streets to thwart criminality.
The PNP leadership headed by Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa said that if passed, the bill authored by a retired police general, now Pangasinan (2nd District) Representative Leopoldo N. Bataoil, will provide deserving college undergraduates the opportunity to join the police force and serve the country.
If allowed entry into our organization, those with a minimum of 72 collegiate units will initially serve as Patrol Officers, a rank lower than Police Officer 1 until they get their college diplomas, officials of the PNP Directorate for Plans headed by Chief Superintendent Edwin C. Roque said amid the predicament facing the PNP recruitment program.
Under the law, only college graduates can be allowed to enter the force and be issued a police uniform, badge and a gun. Next year, the PNP will be recruiting an additional 10,000 policemen.
However, officials noted that many college undergraduates also deserve to join the police force provided that they cannot be promoted to the next higher rank until they got their college diplomas.
At present, Police Officers 1 receive an average of P16,000 monthly salary which according to many is much more than the starting salary being given to fresh college graduates except call center agents who mostly receive an average of P20-25,000 a month.
Rep. Bataoil introduced House Bill No. 2201 noting the dilemma facing the PNP when it comes to the prevailing lapses of its maneuver units resulting from raids and ambuscades conducted by armed groups in the country which seem to jeopardize the operational aspect of the organization.
Senator Grace Poe also introduced Senate Bill 1239 which fully supports Bataoil’s proposal. Poe explained that the K-12 Enhanced Education Program was designed, among others to solve the ballooning unemployment in the country by arming students with the true mastery of basic competencies and necessary skills to enter into the work force.