The Philippine National Police (PNP) launched yesterday a more centralized system for police clearance applications which could aid in the investigation and detection of crimes nationwide.
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde led the soft launching of the National Police Clearance System (NPCS) in Quezon City which, he said, was in response to President Duterte’s order to reduce the requirements and streamline the applications of government services.
“This standardization and streamlining of the process of the issuance of police clearance will greatly benefit both the PNP and the [clients] as it will centralize crime-related record checking nationwide and integrate all existing PNP crime-related databases [to] provide a more convenient service for the public,” Albayalde said.
“With this, it is now easier to track criminals from the shift of records from Local Police Clearance System to the National Police Clearance System,” he added.
In the new police clearance system, an individual can now apply online by checking the requirements and registering at www.pnpclearance.ph. Through online registration, the applicant will have to choose what day, what time and in what police station will she/he claim the police clearance.
The applicant will be then required to pay a P150-fee through the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) online portal. The applicant will later be instructed to go to the designated police station on the date of the appointment and have his/her picture, fingerprints and signature taken before claiming the police clearance.
The police clearance will be valid for six months and can be renewed again after its expiration date, he added.
“This would significantly improve the process on criminal record checks across jurisdictions wherein an applicant’s criminal history and biometrics are verified from databases,” Albayalde said. (Martin Sadongdong)