Grace Poe wants K to 12 grads be allowed to take PNP entrance exam

Senator Grace Poe has announced her plan to file a bill allowing graduates of the K to 12 program to take the PNP entrance examination.

Senator Grace Poe

The senatorial elections topnotcher bared her plan during the August 7 inquiry conducted by the Senate committee on public order and illegal drugs, which she chairs, on the Cagayan de Oro blast.

Currently, only graduates of a four-year course are allowed to take the police entrance exam. Poe said she hopes the measure, once approved and enacted into law, will address the need of the PNP for more personnel.

Earlier, Poe said she wants to review the hiring and application process in the PNP. The lady senator also noted incidents of cheating during police entrance exams.

Recently, the National Police Commission reported that it has invalidated test answers of 28 applicants who took the exams in May, 6 of which were for PNP entrance exam and 22 for promotional exams.

Poe said she was saddened by the situation.

“Nakakalungkot na sa entrance examination pa lamang ay merong ilang applicants ang nahuling nangdaya. Application pa lang ‘yan. Ibig sabihin ang problema ay hindi lang sa mga police force kung hindi sa kultura din,” she said. “Bago pa lang sila mag-apply ang kanilang perception ay hindi serbisyo o responsibildad para sa bayan...doon pa lang ay may problema na sa conception, at kultura at sistema ng ating mga pulis.”

The first batch of high school students to go through K to 12 will graduate in March 2018. Poe’s bill is yet to be crafted and filed at the Senate so there’s still enough room for discussions.