Napolcom sets guidelines on the grant of waiver for initial entry into the PNP

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MANILA, July 2 (PNA) -- The National Police Commission (Napolcom) on Tuesday issued the policy guidelines on the grant of age, height or weight waiver for initial entry of applicants with special qualifications into the police service.

The Napolcom en banc headed by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Mar Roxas approved Memorandum Circular No. 2013-004 prescribing the guidelines on the grant of waiver on the minimum qualifications for initial appointment to the uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Napolcom Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo Escueta said that the Commission issued the memorandum after it has been observed in previous recruitments that the recruitment quotas for the different PNP offices/units were not always filled up due to lack of qualified applicants.

Escueta said that under existing policies, applicants who do not meet the required age, height or weight can apply for waiver only when the number of qualified applicants falls below the office/unit quota which is determined at the end of the recruitment process.

“In order to have a wider base of applicants whose special qualifications or skills are useful to or needed by the PNP, applicants who possess exemplary aptitude but do not meet the required age, height or weight should be given an opportunity to apply for waiver prior to the official start of or during the recruitment program,” Escueta said.

According to Escueta, the waiver of the age requirement may be granted provided that the applicant shall not be less than 20 or more than 35 years of age.

Waiver on the height requirement may be granted to a male applicant who is at least 1.57 meters and to a female applicant who is at least 1.52 meters. The minimum height requirement for applicants who belong to indigenous groups, duly certified by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) or the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), shall be 1.52 meters for male and 1.45 meters for female.

An applicant who is granted a weight waiver shall be given reasonable time but not exceeding six months within which to comply with the weight requirement.

“Only applicants who possess the appropriate eligibility and meet the general qualifications as provided for under Section 14 of Republic Act No. 8551 are qualified to apply for waiver,” Escueta said.

He added that applicants for waiver must possess exemplary aptitude to be capable police officers, as follows: special skills in evidence gathering and safekeeping, cyber crime investigation, detection and prevention, crime scene investigation, martial arts, marksmanship and similar skills; special talents in the field of sports, music or arts and culture; extensive experience or training in forensic science and other legal, medical and technical services; and outstanding academic records and extracurricular activities of applicant during his/her school days, good family background in law enforcement or socio-civic activities, recognized social standing in the community, and awards and commendations received.

All applications for waiver, except height waiver for members of indigenous groups, shall be evaluated by the PNP Screening Committee and endorsed by the PNP Chief to the Napolcom en banc, through the Office of the Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer, for proper disposition.

The Napolcom Regional Director may grant height waiver for members of indigenous groups with NCMF and NCIP certification under their area of jurisdiction.

“The Commission reminds applicants that the grant of waiver is not a guarantee for appointment into the police service,” Escueta said, adding that “applicants with waiver will only be considered when the number of qualified applicants falls below the minimum office/unit quota.” (Christropher Lloyd T. Caliwan/Media ng Bayan)

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