CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad Benguet– A total of 494 PNP recruits took their oath administered by the Regional Director PCSUPT Elmo Francis Sarona as witnessed by their families and loved ones in a ceremony this morning at the Parade Ground of Camp Bado, Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet.

The new police officers composed of 334 males and 160 females form part of the PRO-COR Regular Recruitment Program quota for CY 2017. The newly appointed police officers are not only from the Cordillera as 32 are recruits of PRO3, 2 from PRO 1 and 7 female from PRO 4A.

During the ceremony, members of the Recruitment and Selection Board were accorded with appropriate Awards for their efforts in efficiently supervising the selection process.

In his speech, PCSUPT Sarona, reminded the PNP recruits that much is expected from them since they are already government property and they are subjected to rules and regulations of the PNP and the organization will not hesitate to dismiss them from the service or impose corresponding penalties for any erring acts. Likewise, he advised the trainers to give all their best in molding the recruits, so that after the training, they will be prepared and responsible police officers to serve and protect the people to the best of their ability. Moreover, he solicited the family members and loved ones to give their full moral support to the new police officers for them to be motivated to do good, efficient and effective in their chosen career. He enjoined the new police officers to be guided by the virtues of Discipline, Teamwork, and Commitment.

Reception rites pursued after the oath taking ceremony. This is a preliminary move to prepare the recruits physically, give them a glimpse as to what to expect in the training center and to remove the civilian mentality and embrace a regimented world where all moves should be within the ambit of the mandates of the organization – the Philippine National Police.

After the reception rites, the newly appointed police officers were turned-over to the Cordillera Administrative Region Training School and were received by PSUPT Pergentino Noble Malabed, Jr., Regional Training Director.

They will be required to finish the Public Safety Basic Recruit Course (PSBRC) for six months which be followed by another six months of Field Training Program (FTP) which will qualify them for permanency. As PO1, they will receive a basic monthly salary of Php14,834, aside from allowances and other non-cash benefits.

These new PNP members will fill-up the slots vacancies for Police Officer 1 in the PNP which was distributed in the PROs and various National Support Unit as a result of the death; dismissal and retirements of the PNP personnel assigned within the Region. The new vacancies intend to beef up the manpower complement of the PRO to further strengthen PNP capabilities. (PROCOR RPIO)