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Pantay dapat! De Lima wants half of PNP’s force to be women

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Senator Leila De Lima wants half of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) force to be women for better gender representation.

De Lima recently filed Senate Bill 1148, which seeks to raise the composition of female police officers in the PNP by amending Section 58 of Republic Act (RA) No. 8551, or The Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998.

The senator said the PNP’s hiring policies should conform to the mandate of RA 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women, which states women’s right to equal treatment of the law.

Under the bill, the PNP shall implement an incremental increase in the annual recruitment, training, and education quota for female police officers until the number of female personnel increases from 10 to 50 percent in the next five years.

“There is urgency to increase women’s representation in the police force which hopefully will result in a more responsive and committed police force towards preventing violations and abuses of women’s rights,” De Lima said.

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