CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – Six hundred rookie policemen and policewomen formally took their oath as part of the uniformed personnel of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in the Cordillera to help boost the manpower of the law enforcement agency region-wide.
Police Brig. Gen. Israel Efraim Dickson, PRO-COR regional director, administered the oath of office of the young and promising law enforcers who were with their families, friends and relatives.
The new batch of law enforcers is composed of 480 males and 120 females who will be provided with a 6-month basic training that will be followed by another 6-month field-based training prior to their being given their assignments in the different police units region-wide.
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, Dickson challenged the rookies to stay away from illegal activities because they are just in time as the PNP is gaining ground in the fight against illegal drugs, terrorism and other forms of criminalities.
“With you as additional force, I know we can do so much in giving protection which the people need to ensure safety and security” he added.
After the oath taking ceremony, they went through series of physical exercises as part of the reception rites to determine their endurance if they really are fit to be part of the PNP.
The new breed of officers were turned-over to the Cordillera Administrative Region Training School and were received by Police Colonel Manolito D Parazo, Regional Training Director. They will be undergoing the Public Safety Basic Recruit Course (PSBRC) for six months followed by another six months Field Training Program (FTP). After completion of the 1 year training, they will be qualified for permanency. As Patrolman and patrolwomen, they will receive a basic monthly salary of P29,668 aside from allowances and other benefits.
The new vacancies intend to beef up the manpower of PRO to further strengthen PNP capabilities.
By Dexter A. See