PNP backs bill hiring more women cops

January 25, 2019
Oscar D. Albayalde

THE Philippine National Police yesterday aired its support to a legislative proposal that seeks to allocate to women 20 percent of all new job openings in the police organization.    

According to PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Bernard M. Banac, House Bill 8689 filed by Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel is most welcome to the 190,00-strong police organization.

The House Committee on Public Order and Safety chaired by Antipolo Rep. Romeo M Acop has approved the proposal and endorsed the measure for immediate plenary passage.

Banac agreed with Pimentel, saying the measure will allow the PNP “to achieve the ideal situation wherein female officers shall have exclusive supervision over women and children brought to police stations for custodial investigation.”

The House bill seeks to amend the PNP law that reserves the women only 10 percent of all new slot for recruits and paves the way for an ideal situation wherein female officers shall have exclusive supervision over women and children brought to police stations for custodial investigations.

Banac said the current PNP strength of 180,767 uniformed police personnel is composed of 83.4 percent male and 16.6 percent female personnel. 

Women commissioned officers actually comprise 14 percent of the PNP Officer Corps assigned to various leadership positions, Banac added.

He explained that the PNP has rationalized the application of the traditional troop ceiling for women and other gender restrictions in recruitment and selection thus opening equal opportunities in filling-up of vacant positions.

“As far as the recruitment and selection process is concerned, the PNP is 100 percent compliant to the requirements of law in terms of gender equality and empowerment of women,” he added.

“Although the PNP remains a male-dominated organization, women are continuously taking a permanent foothold in the policing landscape. 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,” Banac said.

The PNP is authorized an annual recruitment quota of 10,000 Police Officer 1.