TO eradicate the “padrino” system, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has set up an online application platform for individuals wanting to join the police force.
This is also to eliminate the face-to-face interaction in the first steps of the application process and save applicants from far-flung areas the trip of going to the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 in Cebu City amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
This was revealed by PRO 7 Chief Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo in a press conference on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
Montejo said that applicants only need to visit the website of the Philippine National Police where they will fill up an online application form. After, they will be given a QR code.
“No names, no faces, only QR codes, to eliminate the padrino system,” he said in Cebuano.
He said that if the applicant passes the required body mass index, they will be notified.
The qualified applicant will receive an email that will inform them of the next steps of the application process.
Montejo said that this year, PRO 7 is given a quota of 600 to 650 applicants. So far, at least 200 applicants have qualified. The agency is waiting for 400 more applicants.
He also said that only those fully qualified can be accepted through the PNP’s online application. (REV/NRC)