DETAILS: June 2020 POE Penology Officer Exam Schedule and Requirements

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) recently announced the Calendar of National Civil Service Written Examinations for 2020. This includes the conduct of the PENOLOGY OFFICER EXAMINATION (POE). The CSC conducts the POE in collaboration with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

UPDATE: Filing of Applications for the June 21, 2020 FOE, POE and BCLTE is SUSPENDED until further notice.

Examination Schedule

Here is the detailed schedule and deadline of application for 2020 Penology Officer Examination (POE), courtesy of CSC.
Examination Announcement No. 07, s. 2019

The Penology Officer Examination (POE) will be conducted on June 21, 2020.  Application period will run from March 31, 2020 to April 30, 2020.

DISCLAIMER: The next sets of information below are based on the previous Penology Officer Examination announcement. Usually little or no changes are made in terms of requirements and qualifications. We will update this article once there is already separate announcement from the Philippine Civil Service Commission regarding the full details of June 2020 POE.

READ: June 2020 FOE Fire Officer Exam Schedule and Requirements

Below are the details of the exam courtesy of Civil Service Commission (CSC):

Please note that acceptance of applications shall be on a "FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED" basis and shall be closed any time before the deadline if the CSC Regional/Field Office has already reached the maximum number of applicants.

Qualifications / Admission Requirements

The POE is open to individuals who meet the following basic qualifications:
  • Must be a Filipino citizen;
  • At least 18 years old on the date/time of filing of application;
  • Must be of good moral character;
  • Must be mentally and physically fit;
  • Must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or of disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness or addiction to drugs; and
  • Must not have been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian positions in the government.
NOTE: The above stated qualifications only pertain to taking the examination and do not necessarily cover appointment to related positions, which require completion of a bachelor’s degree.

The following individuals may opt not to take the examination anymore:
  • Bar and Board passers
  • Passers of civil service eligibility examinations: Career Service Examination (Professional level) and Career Service Examination for Foreign Service Officer (CSE-FSO)
  • Grantees of eligibilities under special laws and CSC issuances: Honor Graduate Eligibility under P.D. 907, Scientific and Technological Specialist Eligibility under P.D. 997, Sanggunian Member Eligibility (Second level) under RA No. 10156

READ: BJMP is Hiring Jail Officers for 2020 Quota | Nationwide

Application Requirements

Applicants must personally submit the following requirements:

1. Fully accomplished Application Form (CS Form no. 100 Revised September 2016 ).

2. Four (4) pieces of identical I.D. pictures with specifications, as follows:
   a. Passport size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm  or  1.8 inches x 1.4 inches)
   b. Colored, with white background
   c. Taken within three (3) months prior to filing of application
   d. Printed on good quality photo paper
   e. In standard close-up shot (from shoulder level up with the head and face occupying at least 80% of the picture and with the name tag positioned at approximately 1 inch or 2.54 cm below the chin)
   f. In bare face (with no eyeglasses, colored contact lens, or any accessories that may cover the facial features; facial features not computer enhanced)
   g. Showing left and right ears
   h. Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
   i. With neutral facial expression, and both eyes open
   j. With HANDWRITTEN (not computer-generated) name tag legibly showing SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED FULL NAME in the format: First Name,   Middle Initial, Last Name, and Extension Name, if any

3. Original and photocopy of any of the following I.D. cards, which is preferably valid (not expired on date of filing of application):
   a. Driver’s License/Temporary Driver’s License (LTO O.R. must be presented together with old Driver’s License; O.R. alone is not allowed)/Student Driver’s Permit;
   b. Passport;
   c. PRC License;
   d. SSS I.D.;
   e. GSIS I.D. (UMID);
   f. Voter’s I.D./Voter’s Certification;
   g. BIR/Taxpayer’s I.D. (ATM type/TIN card type with picture);
   h. PhilHealth I.D. (must have the bearer’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number);
   i. Company/Office I.D.;
   j. School I.D.;
   k. Police Clearance/Police Clearance Certificate;
   l. Postal I.D.;
   m. Barangay I.D.;
   n. NBI Clearance;
   o. Seaman’s Book;
   p. HDMF Transaction I.D.;
   q. PWD I.D.;
   r. Solo Parent I.D.;
   s. Senior Citizen’s I.D.;
   t. Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-CARD); and
   u. CSC Eligibility Card (note: Implemented only beginning with the May 3, 2015 CSE-PPT).

READ: March & August 2020 Civil Service Exam (CSE-PPT) Schedule and Requirements

Where to File

Applicants must personally file their applications at the CSC Regional Office (CSC RO), or at any of the CSC RO’s Field Offices, where they intend to take the examination.

READ: Philippine Coast Guard is Hiring PCG Officers, Non-Officers | Nationwide

Scope of Examination and Other Information

1. Scope of Examination

 General Ability (50%): Verbal, Analytical, Numerical
Specialized Area (50%): (composed of the following)

Jail Management Concepts and Applications (30%)
 > Commitment and Classifications of Inmates/Prisoners/Detainees (5%)
- Courts and other Entities Authorized to Commit a Person to Jail
- Categories of Inmates
- Classification of Prisoners
- Classification of Detainees
- Inmates Security Classification
- Requirements for Commitment

> Reception Procedures, Classification and Disciplinary Boards, and Punishable Acts of Inmates (20%)
- Reception Procedures
- Classification Board
- Disciplinary Board
- Disciplinary Punishment for Inmates
- Procedures in the Hearing of Disciplinary Cases for Inmates
- Punishable Acts

> Treatment of Inmates with Special Needs (5%)
- Handling Inmates with Special Needs
   o Female
   o Drug Users/Dependents/Addicts
   o Alcoholics
   o Mentally-ill
   o Sex Deviates
   o Suicidal Inmates
   o The Handicapped, Aged, and Infirmed
   o Non-Philippine Citizen Inmates

Custodial Concepts and Applications (45%)
 > Custody, Security and Control, Emergency Plans, and Movement and Transfer of prisoners and Detainees (35%)
- Custody, Security and Control
- Inmates Count
- Security Procedures during Meal Service
- Dining Room Security
- Mile Censorship
- Emergency Plans
- Movement/Transfer of Inmates
- Cooperation among Jail Wardens on Temporary Detention of Inmates
- Rules to be Followed during Movement/Transfer of Inmates

> Inmates’ Rights and Privileges (10%)
- Rights of Inmates
- Privileges Allowed for Inmates
- Modes and Guidelines of Release

Inmates Welfare and Development (IWD) Programs (15%)
> IWD Services and Activities
- Guiding Principles
- Provisions for Basic Needs
- Health Services/Activities
- Livelihood Services/Activities
- Literacy Services/Activities
- Cultural and Sports Development/Activities
- Visitation Services/Activities
- Paralegal Services/Activities
- Interfaith Services/Activities
- Therapeutic Community Modality Program

BJMP Administrative Matters (10%)
> Salient Features of RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees)
> Salient Features of RA 9263 (An Act Providing for the Professionalization of the BFP and BJMP, Amending Certain Provisions of RA 6975)
> Omnibus Rules on Leave
> Bill of Rights, Article III of the Constitution
> RA 9745 (Anti-Torture Act of 2010)
> 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions
> 2017 BJMP Comprehensive Administrative Disciplinary Machinery
2. Other Information

Passing Grade

To pass the test, an examinee should get a general rating of at least 80.00.

About the POE

The civil service eligibility resulting from passing the Penology Officer Examination shall be called Penology Officer Eligibility. It is a second level eligibility, which is specific and appropriate for appointment to second level ranks under the uniformed service in the jail management and penology, and functionally related services only, except for ranks under the Philippine National Police.

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