PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday stressed a gender-sensitive PNP recruitment system consistent with the national policy on gender and development.
“As far as the recruitment and selection process is concerned, I am pleased to announce that the PNP is 100 percent compliant with the requirements of law in terms of gender equality and empowerment of women,” Albayalde said in a press briefing at Camp Crame.
He and Director Lyndon G. Cubos, the head of the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management, announced a new fool-proof comprehensive selection process in coordination with the National Police Commission to fill up 4,014 vacancies for Line Officers under the 2018 Lateral Entry Program.
“The PNP has done away with the traditional troop ceiling for women and other gender restrictions in recruitment and selection thus opening equal opportunities in filling up of vacant positions,” Albayalde said.
He explained that although the PNP remains a male-dominated organization, women are continuously taking a permanent foothold in the policing landscape.
The PNP chief said the Women Police Service (WPS), traditionally delegated to auxiliary functions, has been deactivated and its women members had been integrated into the regular force alongside their male counterparts.