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PNP to fill in leadership gaps in Mindanao

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 2, 2008

More than 1,400 sworn in as officers

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:04:00 09/02/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be sending mid-level police officers to Mindanao to fill in key positions in the region that remain vacant, Director General Avelino Razon Jr. said on Tuesday.

Razon said he will be sending superintendents and senior superintendents, the equivalent of lieutenant colonels and colonels in the military, to the south as part of the PNP’s “balancing” program.

He said the officers to be sent to Mindanao will be drawn from Metro Manila and Regions 3 (Central Luzon) and 4-A (Calabarzon region or Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) but did not say how many are up for transfer.

Earlier Tuesday, Razon swore in 1,442 licensed professionals into the PNP officer corps.

The new officers are licensed criminologists, lawyers, doctors, nurses, chemists, engineers, and information technology officers.

Razon said the newly-inducted officers will still need to undergo a year’s training and orientation at the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC)

“You are the assurance of continuity of leadership in the police force, and your responsibility to lead comes with the rank you hold,” Razon said in a brief speech.

The lowest officer rank, Inspector, receives a monthly basic salary of P18,334 plus allowances.

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