THEY may be wearing lipstick but don’t mess with an all-women team of Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) Riders who were officially deployed to help man traffic and go after criminals along the 23.8-kilometer long EDSA.
“This is a 48-strong all-women team of Riders who are training to shoot, knows self-defense and most importantly, will bring a different brand of HPG presence on EDSA,” said PNP-HPG director, Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz.
To show real women empowerment in HPG, Cruz said starting yesterday, at least 10 HPG female Big Bike-riding officers will be helping man traffic and crisscross the busy thoroughfare ready to help motorists or keep peace and order anytime.
The policewomen will be supported by their male buddies in providing 20-hour duties along EDSA on a rotation basis.
“Ang advantage ng mga female HPG Riders ay mas madaling lumambot ang loob ng mga motorista pag nakakakita ng mga babaeng pulis na nagta-traffic sa gitna ng araw o ulan,” Cruz said.
One of the female Riders, Patrolwoman Judy Ann Maata, said the quality of training they got from their instructors actually puts them at par with their male counterparts.
“Tama po na me angas ang mga motorista, lalo na ang mga lalaki sa mga male buddies namin pero napapansin po namin na iba ang tingin nila sa amin sa kalsada. Mas magalang po sila kahit na yung mga driver na pasaway,” Maata said.
Another patrolwoman, Mariclaire Tan, said they believe they are giving the HPG a fresh image. “Natutuwa po kami na ngumingiti ang mga motorista sa amin pag nakikita kaming nakangiti sa gitna ng araw o kahit umuulan,”she said.