THE Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao bared that 4,070 slots are waiting to be filled nationwide as the Philippine National Police (PNP) opened its recruitment for members of the elite Special Action Force (SAF).

PRO-Davao spokesperson Police Chief Inspector Andrea dela Cerna said that they are still accepting applicants.

"We are still trying to fill up the SAF quota," she said, adding that they could not accept applicants for regular police unless the SAF quota is met.

Based on their record, they have initial applicants of 130 but after the agility test, it was trimmed down to 109. The 109 applicants will then undergo neurological exam.

The PNP national headquarters required all the PROs to assist SAF in processing Police Officer 1 applicants in their respective offices particularly in the acceptance of online application, conduct of Physical Agility Test (PAT); Psychological and Psychiatric Examination(PPE); Physical, Medical and Dental Examination(PMDE); and Drug Test (DT).

After completing the exams, the Final Committee Deliberation (FCD) will be conducted by the SAF Screening Committee and only male applicants will be accepted. The recruitment teams from SAF will be detailed in PROs to oversee the recruitment.

Dela Cerna said interested applicants may file their application at PRO-Davao located at Camp Quintin Merecido, Catitipan, Davao City.

"Sa mga interesado, pumunta lamang sa PRO-Davao and bring all the necessary documents," she said.

The recruitment of additional SAF personnel is in line with the government's effort to strengthen the capability of the police force to fight criminality, terrorism, insurgency and internal threats.

Qualifications are: must be a citizen of the Philippines; of good moral character; must have passed the psychiatric/psychological, drug and physical tests to be administered by the PNP; must possess a formal baccalaureate degree from a recognized learning institution; must be eligible and passed the PNP Entrance (Napolcom), RA No. 1080 (Bar and Board Examinations) and PD No. 907 (CS eligibility to College Honor Graduates).

Applicants must not have been dishonorably discharged from military employment or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government; must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude; must be at least one meter and sixty-two centimeters (1.62m) in height for male and one meter and fifty-seven centimeters (1.57m); must weigh not more or less than five kilograms (5kg) from the standard weight Corresponding to his/her weight, age, and sex; and must not be less than 21 nor more than 30 years old.