By Aaron Recuenco
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) launched on Wednesday a new data storage scheme that would compile all the medical records of police applicants.
Dubbed as the RONMEDDS (RObust, Neuro-Psychiatric, MEDical and Dental System for Police Applicants), the computerized data storage scheme aims to ensure that all the medical records of the police applicants would not have tampered in favor of the applicants who have strong backers in the police organization.
NCRPO chief Director Camilo Pancratius Cascolan said the RONMEDDS was conceptualized to prevent the entry of medically-unfit for the police force and to fight padrino system in the PNP.
“The new scheme aims to assure that only the best applicants who are mentally, medically and physically fit are allowed into the police force,” said Cascolan.
He said the RONMEDDS is a full computerization, bar-coding and nationwide database of Regional Health Service dispensation of Police Applicants, adding that the new scheme is an incorruptible and fast system for the Neuro-psychiatric, Medical and Dental processing of police applicants.
Supt. Luis Bautista, Regional Health Service Head of the NCRPO, explained that the new scheme for police applicants will avoid police applicants to resort to corrupt practices like using “padrinos” or worse paying for changing failed results in Neuro-Psychiatric and Medical exams to get into the PNP.
He said the RONMEDDS promotes anonymity of each applicant during the entire Health Service Processing and will eliminate tampering or manipulation of results in exam forms since no names are in the forms.
Encoders are only faced with bar-coded computer pages with no names that still promote anonymity of applicants. Once encoded, results are final and maybe changed for legitimate reasons by authorized personnel with passcodes such as the Chief Regional Health Service, Chief Medical Officer or the Regional Director with issued passcodes, she added.
Changes done in any results, according to Bautista, will be reflected in the system including the names of the person who changed the result.
“The responsibility for any discrepancy will only be with the Chief or the Regional Director. This will also serve as databasing of nationwide medical results of applicants wherein those who were disqualified from other regions will not be able to reapply to other regions,” said Bautista.