SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
03 December 2020 09:55:24 PM
The House Committee on Public Order and Safety chaired by Masbate Rep. Narciso Bravo Jr. on Thursday approved a substitute bill lowering the minimum height requirement for applicants to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and Bureau of Corrections (BuCOR). It substituted House Bills 2242 filed by Deputy Speaker and Cebu Rep. Pablo John Garcia; HB 3639 by Iloilo Rep. Raul “Boboy” Tupas; HB 5340 by Manila Rep. John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto; HB 6635 by MAGDALO Party-list Rep. Manuel Cabochan III; HB 7520 by Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte; HB 7639 by Parañaque City Rep. Joy Myra Tambunting; HB 7960 by Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas; and Senate Bill 1563 by Senator Miguel Zubiri. It amends for the purpose Republic Act 6975 or the “Department of the Interior and Local Government Act of 1990”; RA 8551 or the “Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998“; RA 9263 or the “Bureau of Fire Protection and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Professionalization Act of 2004”; and RA 10575 or the “The Bureau of Corrections Act of 2013”. Bravo said the substitute bill is a timely measure considering the employment opportunity that it will bring to the many Filipinos who are now facing difficult times. “This is also an opportunity for applicants who do not meet the present height requirement to realize their dreams of serving in the security sector of the government,” Bravo said. He said a measure repealing the height requirement of the applicants to the tri-bureau was supposed to be passed into law during the 15th Congress, but was vetoed by the Aquino administration because RA 6975 or the DILG Act of 1990 already provided for a waiver of this requirement. “It is my personal view, shared by some of the senior members of this committee, and including the Speaker himself, that the implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) must provide that the effectiveness and efficiency of our law enforcement and custodial operations shall in no case be affected or compromised by this modification to the existing law,” Bravo added. Meanwhile Committee Vice Chairman Sulu Rep. Samier Tan, Chair of the Subcommittee on Police Operations that came up with the substitute bill, said the body approved the proposal to lower the height requirement to one meter and 57 centimeters for the male (1.57 m) and one meter and 52 centimeters (1.52 m) for the female applicants to the tri-bureau. “This would enable these agencies to employ the best and highly qualified applicants for positions requiring technical skills such as medical practitioners, lawyers, priests and chaplains, among others,” Tan explained. Furthermore, the subcommittee approved the proposal to delete the waiver for the height requirement for applicants from the cultural communities or indigenous peoples as this was subject to abuse, Tan said. “Instead, it was lowered to one meter and 52 centimeters for the male (1.52 m) and one meter and 47 centimeters (1.47 m) for the female applicants,” he said. The panel made one substantive change to the substitute bill. It would allow the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) to retain the academy’s height requirement for its applicants.