Philippines needs 3 decades to reach ideal police, people ratio



MANILA, Philippines—If the annual recruitment rate of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for new officers will not increase, Filipinos will have to wait for three more decades to reach the ideal ratio of one police officer per 500 people, PNP chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome said Thursday.

To achieve the ideal 1:500 ratio in 10 years, the 140,000-strong PNP should enlist 10,000 police officers, Bartolome said during the Manila Overseas Press Club forum Wednesday night at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City.

But he said that since the PNP only hires 6,000 a year, the country needs 30 years to achieve its target number of policemen, he said.

And despite the 6,000 rookie cops per year, the PNP only grows by 3,000 a year because half of the total enlistee just replaced officers who have retired, resigned and dismissed, Bartolome said.

The rate right now, he said, is more or less 1:700.

“But that is if policemen will perform on a 24 hour duty. We divide it by two because we already serve 12 hours a day that means, 1:1,400,” he said.

Bartolome said that there were 5,200 enlistee who took their oath last November 2.

“Hopefully we can still recruit 2,000 more so that by the end of July next year, we will just need 6000,” he said.

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  • Anonymous

    kahit pa 1 is to 1 ang ratio, eh kung ang sistema natin eh puro korakot at kawalanghiyaan, wala pa rin mangyayari!

    • R

      kung 1 is to 1 and ratio, kailangan mag recruit din tayo ng maraming criminals para di maboring mga pulis. Bigyan natin sila ng gagawin.

  • Anonymous

    your 6,000 recruits doesn’t actually mean 6,000 physically able bodied men/women dahil most of them are ghost recruits……sa papel lang nakalista siguro dahil sa budget pero ang actual na recuits siguro ay few thousands lang……….ang military ganun din di ba kaya halos konti lang ang mga kasundaluhan 80,000 daw pero ayaw magbigay ng listahan para sa budget hearing……….

  • ferds

    .Philippine police force, they are the most vicious, corrupt, idiot, rapist, undicipline and abusive police force on earth. They loved to rape victims in police stations, for them that’s cool!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    kung tinigil na ninyo yung PASALUBONG AT PABAON di sana meron kayong pambayad sa mga bagong recruit..Singilin ninyo yung mga Generals na mandarambong..sequester ninyo lahat ang kanilang ari arian at ibenta sa mga tao,, para gamitin sa pan sueldo ng bagong recruit hindi aabot yang ng tatlong dekada..

  • Anonymous

    Why is a baccalaureate degree required to be a police officer in the Philippines?  Four year degrees are not required for police officers in many countries including Canada, the USA, etc.?  The Philippines is arbitrarily dismissing and overlooking a significant and its most able and robust labor force of men and women between the ages of 20 to 30 to serve their country as police officers. Yet these same labor force lacking a college degree are fully qualified to serve in the armed forces of the Philippines.  Honest, hard working persons of good character are the basics of being a good police officer. Yet these taxpaying, honest, hard working, law abiding citizens will never get the opportunity to serve as honest, hard working police offers with high moral standards of conduct and integrity because they don’t have a four year degree in any major field of study.  Not everything or all that is needed is learned, obtained or taught at four year colleges to be a good police officer. Periodic training and updated training is essential for ALL police officers even those having four year degrees.  Do away with the requirement for a four year degree and you will no longer have a shortage of able-bodied candidates for police officers. This will also go a long way to promoting inclusiveness, community and good governance. I have recruited, qualified and interviewed candidates for both local, county, state and federal law enforcement positions including police officers, sheriffs, investigators, various federal agents, customs officers, etc. The irony here is that while Philippine citizens without four year degrees may cannot serve their country as police officers, they can be considered for police officer jobs in other countries without having to be a citizen of those other counties such as Canada, the USA, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Better build a “drone copter” or “RC helicopters”. A police can travel 5 square miles within 3 hours, monitoring the surroundings.

    • Anonymous

      Paano kung yung mga kriminal bumili din ng ‘RC’ fighter jets nila?  — Magandang scenario di ba?

  • Anonymous

    Don’t know if this ratio RP is aiming is good. If graft & corruption persist, abusive cops are not disciplined, this is scary.

  • Anonymous

    Last year I attended a meeting with the PMO-PNP and I was informed that all of the Police Scallawags were all graduates of CRIMINOLOGY. The speaker also told in the meeting that they found out that the most notorious college in all universities in the whole Philippines is happened to the the College of Criminology. The most shocking thing is that almost all the recruited PNP officers were CRIMINOLOGY graduates.

    That’s the reason why even after all the training in the PNP they still turned to be a BAD police. You see, even the program of Raffy Tulfo of WANTED SA RADIO, almost all of the complaints against police are of PO of the Police Officers in rank. These are the CRIMINOLOGY grads.

    I sugges that please PNP, consider recruiting enlisted officers coming from College of education, Engineering and many more. You have tried CRIMONILOGY graduates already and you have seen the results. Please its time to think out of the box.

    One this more, if you want your police to render a quality services, trained them in the the sociocivic lessons.

  • be honest

    There are basically 2 things –
    1 ) Most of the police dont know the law. They are more of barangay patrolmen. They act on impulse, sometimes even abuse of power. Not to mention corruption. 
    Once me and 2 friends were drinking San Mig  BEER ( that has 4% alcoholic content )  in Luneta Park. Policemen came by and asked us to go to the Precinet. Me and my friends had only 1 beer each. The police accused us of ” intoxicated by drinking in the park “. We asked for test to prove that we were not ‘ intoxicated “. But the police just told us to wait. After 2 hours we knew whats the score. We put P200 in the log book, went out and tell the police that ” we left something in the log book “. Then we left. No hot pursuit. We just casually walked away.
    Whenever PNP said they have an ” air tight case “, I say ” May God help you. ” How many ” air tight cases ” have conviction ?
    2 ) With the birth rate so high, it wont be until the generation of our grand, grand children to have the good ratio. Not to mention the economy have to grow steadily at least 6% per year.
    Dreams dreams dreams.

  • Nic Legaspi

    3 decades? Not with the birth rates at the current level. They may have to put the passage of the RH bill into the equation, but I digress.

    @FedHRXpert:disqus Really? All our police officers are college graduates? Honestly, I can’t tell just by looking at them. LOL.

    @dabu:disqus Right. They should also tackle the problem of corrupt and abusive cops at the same time they are trying to address the numbers. In this case, the PNP should go for both quantity and quality. Having a good officer-citizen ratio would mean nothing if our cops do not function well.

  • Guest

    You see the issues and the problems in the comments below by people who live with the PNP every day!  The problem in its entirety is part of the personnel strength of the PNP, but moreso the poor, imbalanced and nondescript structure of the PNP itself. 

    It is obvious Bartolome cannot handle the politics and the strength it takes to grasp control of the problems to the correction point first, before he goes off and tries to do crazy little proclamations such as getting cops to comply with 34″ waistlines and to keep them from getting payola off jueting operators.

    The PNP and the LTO need merging into one solitary unit.  The bureaucracy is overweighted in all government departments as it is; but merging these two entities should pull the efforts into a combined force and streamlining all policies is a requirement.

    You currently have no equipment.  No radio communications, no vehicles, no authorities to go outside your towns and cities, no highway patrols, no investigation and arrest education, and all else combined, the entire force is a train-wreck.

    You are trying desperately, Bartolome, to counteract crime with adding cops; that is not the right way to approach the problems, and neither you nor the staffers leading the country (Philippines) know what to do about it.  The answer is easy.  Return to what was not broken in the first place, by incorporating the old-time brown-uniformed cops with the brown caps and their abilities to actually know what they are doing with the authority behind them to do it! 

    You counteract crimes by incentives to stop it, such as returning the death penalty GMA took out of law.  You counteract crimes by speedy trials and incarceration.  Also, cleaner investigations when the cops do not allow themselves and others to pollute the crime scenes and much more.

    Your hands are tied, Bartolome, because this do-nothing congress and senatorial body combined with the do-nothing administration and President is taking the lazy-man approach to running the Philippines.  The whole deal there is cockeyed as it is! 

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