The Philippine National Police (PNP) proudly welcomed and inducted 606 highly skilled technical and line professionals into the esteemed PNP Officer Corps on Monday.
In a momentous ceremony held at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, PNP Chief, Police General Benjamin C Acorda, Jr officiated the oath-taking, donning and pinning of rank insignia for the Newly Appointed Police Commissioned Officers (NAPCOs).
Among the appointees were 91 Technical Officers, and 515 Line Officers, all chosen under the PNP Lateral Entry Program CY 2022 for Line and Technical Officers.
Under the program, 29 lawyers, four priests, two pastor, and seven doctors were appointed to the initial rank of Police Captain, entitling them to a basic monthly salary of P56,582.00. The remaining 564 newly appointed PNP officers, which include dentists, psychologist, architect, engineer, chemist, IT and line officers were appointed to the initial rank of Police Lieutenant, with a basic monthly salary of P49,528.00, along with allowances and various cash and non-cash benefits.
The successful candidates of the Lateral Program have undergone a stringent selection process, demonstrating their commitment to excellence, professionalism, and the core values of the PNP.
Addressing the newly appointed officers, PGen Acorda emphasized the significance of their roles, stating, “As newly appointed police commissioned officers, you have already proven your capabilities in your respective fields, and now it is time to channel that expertise into the law enforcement arena. You will be entrusted to lead while upholding justice, protecting the innocent, and ensuring the safety and security of our nation. This is a sacred duty that requires integrity, courage, and compassion.”
Chief PNP Acorda urges all the police commissioned officers to continue learning and growing as professionals, always striving to be the best they can be. He reminds them of their responsibility to serve the people and encourages them to seek guidance from the Lord.
“Let us embody the spirit of “Serbisyong Nagkakaisa” as we serve and protect our fellow Filipinos. Remember to serve well and in harmony with your fellow police officers, to other government agencies, and to the community who relies on our service and protection.”, he added.
All newly appointed police commissioned officers are formally turned over to Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development (DHRDD) to undergo the mandatory Officer’s Basic Course and Field Training Program before reporting to their respective unit assignments.
The PNP Lateral Entry Program serves as one of the primary channels for recruiting technical and line service officers into the PNP, alongside the cadetship program offered at the PNP Academy. These programs contribute to the regular sources of Police Commissioned Officers (PCO) within the PNP.