PNP eyes more female cops

A HOUSE panel has approved a measure that seeks to allocate to women 20 percent of all new job openings on the police force.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to create 10,000 extra positions for Police Officer 1  with a budget of P3 billion.

House Bill 8689, authored by Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel, seeks to amend the 21-year-old Philippine National Police (PNP) Reform Law that reserves for women only 10 percent of all new slots for recruits.

The committee chaired by Antipolo City Rep. Romeo Acop, a retired police chief superintendent, endorsed the bill for immediate plenary passage.

“Besides giving women greater opportunity to join the PNP, our intention here is to push up the absolute number of female officers in the force over time,” Pimentel said.

At present, Pimentel said the PNP has only 22,800 female officers who comprise less than 12 percent of the entire force of 194,410.

“We want 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,” Pimentel said.

Custodial investigation refers to any questioning initiated by the police after a person has been taken into custody.

Pimentel and nine colleagues filed HB 8689, after a male officer in Manila was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl whose parents were apprehended for alleged drug offenses.