Bill benefiting security guards filed

Martin Romualdez & Yedda Marie K. Romualdez

TINGOG Party-list Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez and her husband, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, yesterday sought the swift passage of their proposed law seeking to recognize the valuable contributions of security guards to securing the country’s peace and order by extending benefits to them such as a study now, pay later program.

The Romualdez couple filed House Bill (HB) No. 7037 or the proposed “Private Security Industry Act”, which provides for the regulation and supervision of the private security industry and the practice of security profession.

They stressed that the government should ensure “safe and healthful working conditions” and promote gender-sensitive measures in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs affecting the local security work.

Joining them in filing the bill is Trade Union Congress of the Philippine (TUCP) Party-list Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza.

The measure recognizes the role of security guards, watchmen, and other private security personnel as force multipliers in promoting public security and safety to strengthen the private security industry.

“The primary task of a security personnel is to provide protection to its clients against possible death, injuries, losses, damages and/or destruction of properties. Recognizing their very important role, this bill seeks to provide a mechanism to adapt to the changes in relation to the regulation and supervision of the private security industry and the practice of security profession,” the Romualdez couple said.

“Furthermore, this bill also provides safeguards for the public against private armies who are hiding behind the guise of private security agencies and are allegedly involved in various human rights violations and other violence,” the Romualdezes stressed.

Under Section 14 of the proposal, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) should help in the implementation of a “study now, pay later” program by any private security training institutions or public institutions duly accredited by the government for the training requirements of a security guard, watchman, or private detective as mandated by existing laws and regulations.

“TESDA and PNP will coordinate to ensure that beneficiaries of study now, pay later scheme will undergo and finish additional training programs, courses, or training requirements including, but not limited to, specialized security guard courses, security officers training courses, whether specialized or not, detective training courses, and candidate protection agent courses,” they explained.