Former actor and now Quezon City 5th District Representative Alfred Vargas filed House Bill No. 7404 or the “K-12 to PNP Act” allowing K-12 graduates without any eligibility (PRC, NAPOLCOM, Civil Service, etc.) to join the PNP Force. Rep. Vargas said in his explanatory note that this bill seeks to realize the promise of the K-12 Enhanced Education Program while also supporting the pool of the Philippine National Police’s next generation of recruits. This bill will also level the playing field for children of poor families who cannot afford to go to college to be qualified to the country’s police force, while adhering to the PNP’s general qualification, amending for the PNP Law.
Early in May 2020, Senator Grace Poe also filed a similar bill under Senate Bill No. 1486, allowing K-12 graduates to enter the Philippine National Police.
The Department of Education (DepEd) designed the K-12 Enhanced Education Program to increase the quality of education and address the unemployment in the country by providing students with mastery of basic competencies and skills necessary for employment and at par with international standards.
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