TO INCREASE police visibility, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 will be hiring more than 600 civilian employees this year to replace policemen as radio operators and crime registrars.

This, to send policemen who are doing administrative duties in the regional headquarters to the 151 police stations in Central Visayas, said PRO 7 Director Danilo Constantino.

“Through this plan, there will be more policemen fielded in the streets,” he said. It is one of his goals this year that police presence should be felt by the public more.

The proposal of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to hire non-uniformed personnel (NUP) was approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DMB) last December. The PNP is in need of 7,439 civilian employees nationwide.

Constantino said they are now waiting for applicants, which will be deployed to their respective hometowns. For those interested, he said applicants don’t need to be college graduates.

“72 units lang kailangan kasi salary grade six ito. No training or experience needed,” he said.

Constantino said they also preferred applicants who are equipped with computer knowledge since they will be doing crime statistics and other internet-related projects.

The salary is lower than that of a Police Officer 1 since NUP’s don’t have collateral allowances, unlike policemen who could also have a loan pay after five years from service.

Constantino said applicants don’t need to be civil service eligible and NUP’s could hold division chief positions and reach to salary grade 24, which is worth P30,000.

During the interview, he said the PNP plans to hire at least 15,000 employees and the DBM appropriated an initial budget to 7,439 employees.

“Ito muna yung i-uuna. Meron din other position soon (This will come first),” he said.

Constantino said Camp Crame is looking into hiring security guards to man its gates and offices.

“Under study pa rin yan. Sa atin dito, siyempre hindi. Mga police pa rin,” he said.