How to Get a Height Waiver for PNP, BFP and BJMP

Are you planning to join the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) but you lack a few inches to meet the height requirement? If you are a member of an indigenous tribe or a Muslim Filipino, you can get through it using a height waiver. Interested? Please read on.

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Who may avail of the height waiver?

The height waiver is issued for applicants for the above-mentioned government institutions provided that the applicant is a member of Indigenous Peoples (IP) or Muslim Filipinos as certified by the NCIP and NCMF, respectively. Before applying for a height waiver you must first secure the Certificate of Confirmation (COC) from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples or the Certificate of Muslim Filipino Tribal Membership (CTM) from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.

How to Get the Certificate of Confirmation

Go to the NCIP Regional Office that has the jurisdiction over your residence and submit all the required documents. The processing for the COC is available from Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM without noon breaks. There will be no fees to be collected and all the forms needed are free of charge.

What are the Requirements:

  • Genealogy Form
  • Information Index Form
  • Certificate of Tribal Membership from Barangay Captain or Tribal Chieftain/Leader of the applicant’s tribe. (For Region 1, authorized tribal leader)
  • Certified/Authenticated photocopy of Birth Certificate
  • Joint Affidavit of Two (2) Disinterested IP Persons attesting to the Tribal Membership of the applicant (No affiliation/consanguinity to the applicant)
  • Three (3) pcs. 2 X 2 or passport size ID Picture with name tag
  • Two (2) pcs. Documentary Stamps

Certificate of Confirmation Processing

  1. Secure your application form from the Personnel-in-charge on COC. He or she will issue the Geneology Form and will guide you on how to accomplish the said form. The filling up of genealogy form depends on your knowledge of your genealogy. Likewise, you will undergo an interview about your tribe affiliation and why you are applying for the COC. If you are found not to be a member of the ICCs/IPs, you will be automatically disqualified.
  2. Submit the duly accomplished Geneology Form to the NCIP personnel. He or she will issue the Information Index Form upon evaluation of the duly accomplished genealogy form.
  3. Fill-out and accomplished the Information Index Form and submit it along with the other documentary requirements mentioned above. Incomplete application will not be processed and will be returned to you for completion.
  4. An NCIP personnel in charge of the COC validation will conduct field verification and validation of the authenticity of the documents submitted. It will take around  3 – 5 working days or more. The time frame depends on the distance of the place where you came from.
  5. They will now prepare the verification and validation report. After the preparation of the said document, they will submit it to the Provincial Office for endorsement to the Technical Management Service Division (TMSD) for final evaluation for the issuance of COC.
  6. The TMSD reviews and evaluates the application for confirmation/ approval of the Regional Director.
  7. Releasing of the confirmed COC.

It will take around 9-11 working days from the start of the application to the releasing of your certificate of confirmation.

How to Get a Height Waiver for the PNP

To secure a height waiver for your application to the NAPOLCOM Entrance Examination, you must meet the minimum height requirement, 1.52 meters for male and 1.45 meters for female applicants. If you think you’re qualified, prepare the following documents for the height waiver application:

  • Application letter with contact number addressed to Regional Director (RD).
  • Original copy of Certificate of Confirmation (COC) issued by National Commission for Indigenous Peoples/ National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCIP/CMF).
  • Authenticated copy of Information Index, Geneology, Birth Certificate and other attachments submitted to NCIP/NCMF.
  • 2”x2” colored photo with white background & name tag.


1. Submit letter of application and complete requirements personally to this address:


Secretariat
Height Waiver Committee (HWC)
5th Floor, DILG-NAPOLCOM Center
Edsa Corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, 1104 Metro Manila


2. Pay the legal fee of Php 100.00 to the collection officer on the 5th floor. He or she will issue a receipt.

3. Go back to the Secretariat and submit yourself to height measurement.

4. The Chairman of the HWC thru the Secretariat will write a letter to NCIP/NCMF for validation of the authenticity of the COC. Upon the receipt of the confirmatory letter from the NCIP/NCMF, the HWC will schedule an interview and will notify you thru text messages.

5. Submit to interview at the scheduled time and day.  The interview panel is composed of the following:

  • Assistant Regional Director;
  • Chief of the Administrative Division;
  • and  Chief of Regional Personnel Records and Management

6. The HWC will do a deliberation and prepare a resolution for signature for the height waiver. The Secretariat will prepare the Height Waiver (HW) certificate on four (4) copies, and forwards it to Office of the Regional  (RD), together with the Resolution for consideration.
7. After receiving and evaluating the recommendation of the HWC, the Regional Director will now approve or denies the application for height waiver.
8. Wait for the release of the height waiver certificate. It will be on 3 copies plus the Resolution.

Processing of Height Waiver for BFP

The Certificate of Waiver is used in the application for a position in the Bureau of Fire Protection to justify a deficiency in the requirements especially the height. It is issued by the Chief of the BFP upon the recommendation of the Regional Personnel Selection Board (RPSB) through a board resolution.

BFP Height Waiver Requirements

An applicant must secure the following documents before applying for the Certificate of Waiver:

  • Original Certificate any of the following: Certificate of Membership from National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) or Certificate of Membership from National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).
  • Other supporting documents that will support the grant of height waiver.
  • Photocopy of two (2) valid IDs;
  • Three (3) pcs of 2×2 ID pictures; and
  • Birth Certificate from the PSA.

Application Process

  1. Submit the above-mentioned requirements to the BFP Regional Office thru the Administrative Division near you.
  2. The Regional Emergency Medical Services (REMS) shall measure your actual height and issue the certificate of height measurement.
  3. Secure a certification from the Regional Administrative Office that the above-mentioned documents were validated and found to be true and authentic.
  4. The BFP Regional Office will forward your application together with the RSPB Resolution to the BFP National Headquarters for approval of the Chief of the BFP.
  5. Claim your Certificate of Waiver signed by the Chief of the BFP from the Regional Office where you applied for.

You may bring along the original and authenticated copies of all documents for verification purposes. For further details, you may inquire at any BFP Fire Station nearest your area.

*The guide for the processing of the height waiver for the BJMP will be posted as soon as the information is available. Please stay tuned. You may follow our Facebook page for the updates. Thank you.

28 thoughts on “How to Get a Height Waiver for PNP, BFP and BJMP”

  1. Hi po Good Day ask ko lang paano if hindi ka member ng IP? ano pong height waiver ang pwedeng kunin? please responds po

  2. Date po ako seaman firefigther sa barko.ngayon gusto ko sana maging bfp kaya lang 5’3″.5 lang ako.tapos 35 years of lod pwede pa ba uun

  3. I’m interested to apply and work in the pnp.And i want to apply this 2nd cycle.my problem is my age.i’m turning 31 this coming month of october. May age waiver ba ang pnp and if so how to get it po? I need your response.thank you.

  4. Pa’no po pag walang related na Muslim tribe? Di po ba pwedeng mag-avail ng waiver for BJMP po. Salamat po. Pakisagot po.

  5. Hi,

    Pano po kapag hindi kabilang sa indigenous people and not muslim. May chance pa rin bang makapasok/makapag apply? Salamat po sa sasagot.

  6. Pano po pag di member ng any Indigenous Group or sa Muslim Community tapos kulang sa Height, Makakuha pa rin kaya ng Height Waiver? Thanks po..

    • Please answer this question po. I also need the answer to this one. Some people said you can bribe chieftains to grant certificates? i don’t really know.

  7. The due date for height waiver is feb. 2018 but i did not comply. Is extended for the bfp applicants this 2018?.
    Thank you

  8. Why is it need for NCIP? Who are the qualified applicants for the NCIP? Is it hard to apply for the NCIP? What are the procedure needed to comply for NCIP?
    If i do not have the NCIP or NCMF could i proceed to height waiver claims?

      • Hindi pa din tinanggal sa PNP recruitment ang height requirement. Sa pag take lang po ng NAPOLCOM Entrance exam tinanggal.

  9. May I ask how to get a How to Get a Height Waiver for the PNP , I need the direct number also to Certificate of Muslim Filipino Tribal Membership (CTM) Thank you hoping your response,

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