Thursday, August 05, 2021

SIGNING OF LAW ON HEIGHT EQUALITY IN THE UNIFORMED SECTOR

(Thursday3rd of June 2021)

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) applauds the passage of a landmark bill decreasing the height criteria for uniformed services, such as police, fire, and correctional bureaus, as this would greatly increase uniformed recruiting.

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año stated: “We thank President Duterte for signing Republic Act 11549 into law as this would allow disqualified individuals and members of cultural communities/indigenous peoples (IPs) who previously fell short of the height requirement to enter the Department’s police, fire, and jail bureaus,” He believes that the passage of Republic Act 11549, or the Height Equality Act, will motivate more people to join the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology to serve the country (BJMP). “The Height Equality Act encourages patriotic civilians to enter into the uniformed service sector. Genuine public service should not be hindered by any physical trait, for as long as your intention is to serve the country, you are most welcome to join the uniformed services of the DILG,” Año added.

Amending RA 6975, President Duterte signed the RA 11549 lowering the minimum height requirement in the PNP, BFP, BJMP, and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) from 1.62 meters (5 feet, 4 inches) to 1.57 meters (5 feet 2 inches) for males and from 1.57 meters (5 feet 2 inches) to 1.52 meters (5 feet) for females.

Citing PNP Chief Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar’s new internal cleansing program, the DILG Chief is optimistic that the Bureaus under the Department’s Interior sector would practice openness and impartiality in the recruitment and selection of its applications. It includes the usage of QR codes for all police officers around the country in order to verify quality in the ranks and eliminate “palakasan,” or the backer system.

“Makakaasa po kayo ng isang malinis at mapagkakatiwalaang hanay ng mga police, fire at jail offices, mula sa pinaigting na pagsasaayos ng Kagawaran, kasama ang mga unipormadong ahensya nito, (Rest assured, that we will have clean and trustworthy lines of police, fire, and jail offices, from the intensified organization of the department, in partnership with the uniformed personnel agencies under it)” Año declared.

According to En Banc Resolution No. 2021-0475 of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), a total of 17,314 patrolmen and patrolwomen were approved for hiring in accordance with the PNP’s CY 2021 Regular and Attrition Recruitment Program to replace lost personnel, boost police visibility, and improve the police-to-population ratio and peace and order situation in their respective areas.

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