THE Philippine National Police leadership has expressed its full support for a legislative proposal that would allocate to women 20 percent of all new job openings in the force hoping that sooner or later, more policewomen in the 190,000-strong organization would continue to inspire others with their bravery and skills as many of them have already proven.
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 police force headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde. This after the 55-member House Committee on Public Order and Safety chaired by Antipolo (2nd District) Rep. Romeo M. Acop approved the proposal and endorsed the measure for immediate plenary passage.
Banac agreed with Pimentel that 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.”
Officials agree that many policewomen have brought or are still bringing inspiring stories to many to demonstrate what women empowerment really means in the traditional male-dominated organization.
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.
According to the PNP spokesman, the current PNP effective 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.
The official 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.
“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 further explained.
At present, the lone one-star female police officer is Chief Superintendent Ma. Antonietta Langcauon. She would be retiring from the force a few days from now. A number of female police officers from the PNP Academy are also currently commanding police stations and provincial and city police offices in Metro Manila and other police regional offices across the country.