THE Police Regional Office 7 yesterday made history by launching the country’s 1st ever all-women police station in Siquijor Island.
PRO7 director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said the activation of the “Mariang Pulis” force of the Maria Municipal Police Station is part of their game-changing reform on women empowerment in the police force.
Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde hailed the maiden initiative in Central Visayas launched by Sinas and Siquijor Police Provincial Office director Col. Angela Rejano.
“This move will strongly advance women empowerment in promoting public safety and security services at all levels of police units and offices in the region,” said Sinas.
The women-dominated police station follows a rich history of the municipality of Maria.
The Central Visayas police director said that long before the Spaniards came to Siquijor, a settlement known as “Kangminya,” named after a famous native woman, already existed. It was eventually renamed “Maria” in honor of “Our Lady of Divine Providence,” which became the town’s patron saint.
Maria is a fifth-class municipality, with a total land area of 53.37 square kilometers, which constitutes to 15 percent of Siquijor’s total land area.
Prior to the launch, Maria Police Station was complemented by only six policewomen. Thus, Rejano profiled all female officers in Siquijor and selected those who will undertake a capacity development training.
Sinas said the policewomen were trained on driving, shooting, arresting techniques, and other police operation and intervention procedures such as checkpoint, Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and first aid.
Maria Police Station is now operating in full capacity, with 21 total police strength, the ideal police force for a Class C municipality.
“Having initiated this new concept of gender and development for policewomen in Siquijor, the ‘Mariang Puli’s signals the time to move forward in promoting the vision and mission of the PNP in creating an opportunity for women to strengthen their role in the context of policing in the law enforcement pillar,” said Rejano.
The “Mariang Pulis” is led by its newly-designed chief of police Capt.
With Zaida delos Reyes