NEW RECRUITS. Neophyte police officers proceed to a waiting police vehicle that will transport them to the BARMM police regional training center for a 6-month training process after taking their oath Thursday (Nov. 3, 2022). The Police Regional Office-BARMM said only 200 out of more than 900 police applicants passed the series of screening and tests required for police applicants. (Photo courtesy of PRO-BARMM)

CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao – The 200 new police recruits in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) have taken their oath as patrolmen and patrolwomen during an attrition program held here on Thursday afternoon.

“A 6-month training process will initially hone the recruits into becoming full pledge members of the Philippine National Police,” said Brigadier General John Guyguyon, director of Police Regional Office (PRO-BARMM), in a statement released Friday.

Starting Friday, Guyguyon said the new police officers will start receiving their salaries after their Land Bank ATM cards were released during the ceremonies held at the grounds of this camp in Parang town.

The recruits underwent stages of screenings such as physical agility test; psychiatric and psychological examinations; physical, medical, and dental examinations; drug testing, and a final committee interview.

“These screenings filtered the more than 900 applicants who took their chance in this recruitment cycle after its publication and region-wide information drive,” Guyguyon said.

The 200 successful applicants, comprising 170 males and 30 females, were immediately turned over Friday to the Regional Training Center-BARMM for their public safety basic recruitment course.

“You are now vested with authority as law enforcers and reminding you to render the best service not only in BARMM but to the whole nation and the Filipino people,”  he reminded the recruits.

“I urge you to serve all those in need of your service, especially the weak, the poor, and the marginalized,” he added. (PNA)