MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conduct an information campaign to convince promising lawyers to join the police force.
“Our plan is that we would go to law schools and we will be using social media to encourage new lawyers,” Supt. Arthur Llamas, acting chief of the legal assistance division of the PNP, said yesterday.
Successful applicants are assured of a promising career as they would have a rank of senior inspector with a starting salary of P48,000 plus allowances.
An applicant must not be over 35 years old and should have passed the Bar.
PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa earlier said the police force needs over 100 lawyers for their legal service unit.
Currently, there are only 96 lawyers in the police force, not enough to handle administrative and criminal cases.
But Llamas said the ideal number should be over 300 for them to cover all regional police offices nationwide.
“If we have to hire staff down to municipal stations, it will definitely have to be more than 300,” he said. “We should hire more lawyers in order to ensure police officers slapped with cases are protected.”
The current number of lawyers is limited, so only a few can join police operations conducted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG).
He said hundreds of cases involving police officers were being reviewed since the government launched its crackdown on illegal drugs under the Duterte administration last year.
“They could practice their profession plus the career advancement,” he said.
Llamas said they want new idealistic lawyers who want to become a member of the PNP.
Assistance for addicts
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) vowed to provide livelihood assistance to rehabilitated drug addicts.
The DSWD will provide a wide range of aftercare services to rehabilitated drug dependents even after they have finished rehabilitation, which is part of the National Drug Rehabilitation Program (NDRP) that includes aftercare, reintegration and transformation support for recovering drug dependents.
These include skills training opportunities, psychosocial programs and other community-based programs that will encourage them to actively participate in community service through cash-for-work and sustainable livelihood program, which are also programs of the DSWD.
The DSWD’s field office in Region 8 has enrolled 37 drug users from Leyte to livelihood assistance training.
Last week, the 37 rehabilitated drug dependants from Tanauan, Leyte finished the eight-week training and rehabilitation program that includes counseling and prayer healing.
The graduation was held at the Bishop’s Palace in Palo, Leyte and was attended by Tanauan Mayor Pelagio Tecson Jr., Palo Leyte Archbishop John Du, DSWD Region 8 director Restituto Macuto and other local executives.
“The DSWD is ready to provide support in whatever way we can to help rehabilitate recovering drug dependents so they can return to their families and to their communities,” Macuto said.
Earlier this month, some 50 drug suspects who surrendered from Misamis Oriental also received their certificates of completion after finishing the 12-day community-based rehabilitation program facilitated by the DSWD-FO 10, Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government, PNP and other partner agencies. – With Rainier Allan Ronda