A YEAR-END TRIUMPH IN FIGHT AGAINST THE UNSEEN

A YEAR-END TRIUMPH IN FIGHT AGAINST THE UNSEEN

January 1, 2021 // By PIO LAKAN

The year 2020 has been challenging since its beginning. Last year of January, ashes fell all over the whole Southern Tagalog region and on its adjacent provinces brought by the Taal Volcano eruption. Months later and another gigantic issue slammed the whole world as it faced the dreadful pandemic COVID-19; the PNPA was not able to evade its claws. Cadets and personnel became infected. However, with the proper management and observance of health protocols, the Academy was able to recover and now, further avoid the spread of disease among its constituents.

On December 23 and 29 of 2020, two Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests were conducted randomly on the cadets and personnel of PNPA. Participants were chosen using stratified sampling wherein the whole cadets’ population was divided according to class and company and obtaining samples from each group. The first batch consisted of 39 cadets and one police commissioned officer. On the other hand, the second wave of swab testing was made to 42 cadets. The results were promising as all of them were negative for the virus. This outcome may be attributed to the actions being undertaken by the Academy under the leadership of PBGEN RHODERICK CUSTODIO ARMAMENTO, its current director.

Fourth class cadets undergoing RT-PCR (swab test).

To avoid being infected, the administration decided to give the cadets a virtual holiday break instead of letting them pass the main gate and mingle with the outside communities. Internet connections were provided for them, and they were even allowed to use their personal cellular phones and laptops to gain access with their loved ones virtually. In addition, health protocols are being observed religiously like washing of hands, wearing of face masks and face shields, and the social distancing among cadets and personnel. Physical conditioning is also part of their routine to further boost their immune system. Multivitamins were distributed to each cadet to supplement their daily nourishment.

With the new strain of COVID-19 discovered on some parts of the world, the Academy is now preparing to shield its community and maintain a safe and secured training grounds and working environment for cadets and personnel respectively.

Thus, PBGEN ARMAMENTO required all PNPA personnel who went on holiday break that upon entry and report for work it is mandatory for all personnel to present a Medical Certificate (3 days old upon entry), Undergo Triage Process, Pre RT-PCR test self-quarantine for 7-days prior conduct of RT-PCR swab test to keep and maintain PNPA COVID-19 free.

Philippine National Police Academy

Grounds for Medical Disqualifications:

  • Defective Visual Perception (color blindness, near sighted/far sighted with corrective eyeglasses or lens, nystagmus);
  • Physical Deformities Example: bowlegged or congenital defects;
  • Perforated ear drum, chronic sinusitis, bleeding tendencies, hemorrhoids, hernia (if not treated), varicocele, extensive skin disorders;
  • History of heart disease, hypertension, asthma, active PTB, kidney and liver diseases, epileptic seizure disorders, major operations; communicable diseases (such as AIDS, Hepatitis, VD etc.);
  • Full dentures, upper and lower, Cleft lip and palate, malocclusion, Deformities of the face, Open bite, Tongue-tied, missing of four(4) anterior or front teeth & Missing of six (6) posterior/molar teeth;
  • Tattoos or other brotherhood marks;
  • Ear piercing for male and multiple ear piercing for female;
  • For Females: Goiter; History of pregnancy; Presence of breast mass; Painful menstruation;
  • Any other similar defects which may hinder in the Cadetship Training Program.

Applicants who successfully passed the PNPACAT shall qualify to the next phase of screening which as follows:

1) Physical Agility Test (PAT);

The following are the passing scores in each event for PAT:

Exercises Male Female
Pull-Ups 3 Reps N/A
Full Arms Hanging N/A 45 Sec
2 Min Push-Ups 25 Reps 25 Reps
2 Min Sit-Ups 40 Reps 40 Reps
100 Meter Dash 18 Sec 20 Sec
3 Km Run 24 Mins 27 Mins

2)  Psychological and Psychiatric Examination (PPE);

3)  Physical, Medical and Dental Examination (PMDE); and,

4)  Panel Interview.

How to Apply:     

Click Here to Download Application Form

Through Mail Application:

Submit duly accomplished application form with an attached photocopy of PSA birth certificate, through prepaid express mails (LBC, JRS, TO GO, etc.) and mail to:
The Director (Attn: Registrar)
Philippine National Police Academy
Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda
Silang, Cavite 4118
_____________________________________________________________ OR__________________________________________________________________
Hand carry it to:
Office of the Registrar
Philippine National Police Academy
Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda
Silang, Cavite 4118
*Note: Online Application is temporarily down.
Coverage of PNPACAT:
1) Communication Skills;
2) Logical and Reasoning Ability;
3) Math and Sciences;
4) General Information and Current Events

Initial Requirements (Do not apply if you are not qualified):

  • Natural born Filipino citizen;
  • Eighteen (18) to twenty-two (22) years old on the date of appointment;
  • Single with no parental obligation;
  • At least Senior High School graduate upon admission;
  • At least 5 feet and 4 inches (162.5cm.) for male and 5 feet and 2 inches (157.5 cm.) for female in height;
  • With weight that corresponds to the applicant’s height, gender and age (in reference to BMI);
  • Physically and mentally fit to undergo the Cadetship Program;
  • With good moral character (no criminal, administrative and civil derogatory record;
  • Without pending complaint and/or case before any tribunal involving moral turpitude and other cases against the State;
  • Not a former cadet of PNPA, or other service academies (PMA, PMMA, MAAP);
  • Not have been dismissed from any private employment or government position for cause;
  • Exemption for PNPACAT(Philippine National Police Academy Cadet Admission Test):
    Senior High School with highest honors, and college summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude and are exempt from taking the Cadet Admission Test (written) provided, he/she shall apply and submit the application form with certification of honor from his/her School/ College/ University to reach PNPA Registrar’s Office before the end of the announced application period. Provided also, that he/she satisfies the initial requirements for admission.