By Chito A. Chavez
The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has approved the renaming of the Philippine National Police (PNP) promotional examination titles, relative to the implementation of the new PNP Rank Classification System.
Napolcom Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao issued the statement after the Commission en banc approved Resolution No. 2019-477 which approved the renaming of the examination titles of the Napolcom-administered police promotional examinations for the ranks of Police Corporal to Police Lieutenant Colonel.
“Due to the modification of the PNP rank classification under Republic Act No. 11200, the current promotional examination titles are no longer appropriate with the present rank classification, hence, it has to be renamed,” Casurao said.
The new examination titles and the corresponding rank coverage are as follows: Police Officer 1st Class Examination for Police Major and Police Lieutenant Colonel (formerly Police Superintendent Examination for Chief Inspector and Superintendent); Police Officer 2nd Class Examination for Police Lieutenant and Police Captain (formerly Police Inspector Examination for Inspector and Senior Inspector); Police Officer 3rd Class Examination for Police Master Sergeant, Police Senior Master Sergeant, Police Chief Master Sergeant and Police Executive Master Sergeant (formerly Senior Police Officer Examination for Senior Police Officer I to IV); and, Police Officer 4th Class Examination for Police Corporal and Police Staff Sergeant (formerly Police Officer Examination for Police Officer II and III).
RA 11200 entitled “An Act Providing for the Rank Classification in the Philippine National Police, amending for the purpose Section 28 of Republic Act No. 6975, as amended, otherwise known as the “Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990” was signed into law by President Duterte on February 8, 2019.
It was implemented by the PNP on March 25, 2019.
Casurao said the new law modifies the rank classification in the PNP and standardizes how police officers are addressed.