By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — A total of 117 licensed professionals took their oaths on Monday as new police commissioned officers of the Philippine National Police under the 2021 Lateral Entry program to fill up requirements for more technical service officers in the police force.
The newly-inducted officers include four lawyers, three medico-legal officers, one chaplain, and two medical doctors, who were appointed to the initial rank of Police Captain with a basic monthly salary of P56,582.00 and allowances.
Also inducted were 107 dentists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists, engineers, chemists, forensic criminologists, and IT officers. They were appointed to the initial rank of Police Lieutenant with a basic monthly salary of P49,528.00 with allowances and other cash and non-cash benefits.
“The PNP has gained another batch of professionals and competent police officers as added strength to the workforce of the PNP that will complement to the growing demands of public safety especially in the midst of this ongoing global pandemic”, Chief PNP Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar said in his speech as he administered the oath of office and donning of ranks of the 117 new commissioned officers.
The Chief PNP noted that the organization will be expecting effectual results from the new officers in the next coming years not only in their respective fields of technical expertise but also as leaders who will be mentoring high standards of morality and professionalism to their colleagues at work.
“This is the time that you should prove your worth. At ako’y naniniwala na lahat kayo ay kwalipikado na maging opisyal ng Philippine National Police”, Eleazar added.
The new police commissioned officers will be assigned to regional offices and national support units.
The Newly Appointed Police Commissioned Officers were formally turned over to the Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development (DHRDD) to undergo the mandatory Officers’ Basic Course and Field Training Program before reporting to their respective unit assignments.
The Lateral Entry Program for technical service officers is among the regular sources of Police Commissioned Officers in the PNP aside from the cadetship program in the PNP Academy.
Last September 16, 241 technical service professionals were inducted into the PNP Officer Corps in similar investiture ceremonies. (ai/mtvn)