New police applicants are showered with water while they do their squat thrust during training. (Photo courtesy of PRO MIMAROPA)

Around 486 applicants to the police service under the Police Regional MIMAROPA for the first semester of Curriculum Year 2019 recently took their oath of service.

In a release sent by PRO MIMAROPA spokesperson P/Col. Socrates Faltado, he said applicants took their oath at Camp Efigenio C. Navarro in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

Of the total applicants, 394 are males and 92 are females who spent five months beginning March 31 to undergo the application period to comply with the requirements of the PNP Recruitment Program such as medical, BMI, dental, physical agility and neuro psychological examinations and the final deliberation by a panel composed of PNP and a civilian.

The police recruits jog in place for stamina building. (Photo courtesy of PRO MIMAROPA)

The number is from a total of 996 who reported for assessment, the statement said. They were formally turned over by p/Col. Wilson Santos IV, the acting chief of the Regional Personnel and Records Management Division (RPRMD).

PNP regional director P/Brigadier Gen. Tomas Colet Apolinario Jr. named the batch of the new police recruits as “PNP Bagsay Tagapagtanggol” Class of 2019-01.

In his message, Apolinario urged families to support the applicants during their training.

He also reminded the assistant instructors that “hazing is prohibited” and that they should focus only exercises that would build their stamina and strengthen their bodies, especially when they are deployed in the mountainous areas of MIMAROPA to face the New People’s Army (NPA).

After the brief program, the ceremonial Reception Rites followed to welcome the recruits.

They were turned over to P/Lt. Col. Roberto Odiver Jr., chief of the Regional Special Training Unit (RSTU), who will train them for six months on Public Safety Basic Recruit Course (PSBRC) at the Regional Training Center based in Bansud, Oriental Mindoro.

This will further refine them in the basics of police knowledges, as they progress in their basic rank as Patrolmen and Patrolwomen (Pat) of the PNP.

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