On September 14, 2019, the Philippine National Police (PNP) made history by launching the first-ever all-female police force on a fifth-class municipality in the island province of Siquijor.
In response to the government’s program of women empowerment, Maria (the coastal municipality that is a popular tourist destination for its mystical folktales and white sand beaches), set up a police force composed of all-female officers.
“This move will strongly advance women empowerment in promoting public safety and security services at all levels of police units and offices in the region,” Central Visayas Police director, Police Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said in a statement.
“Having initiated this new concept of gender and development for policewomen in Siquijor, the Mariang Pulis signals the time to move forward in promoting the vision and mission of the PNP in creating an opportunity for women to strengthen their role in the context of policing in the law enforcement pillar,” Siquijor top cop Col. Angela Rejano said.
The all-female police station also known as Mariang Pulis, is the policewoman version of Mamang Pulis, which insinuates the male-dominated police force.
Especially selected by the SPPO director
Siquijor Police Provincial Office (SPPO) director Colonel Angela Rejano selected those who will take on capacity advancement training.
“They were trained on driving, shooting, arresting techniques, other police operation, and intervention procedures such as checkpoints, Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), and first aid among others,” Rejano said.
Operating in full capacity
“Maria Police Station is now operating in full capacity with 21 total police strength, the ideal police force for a Class C municipality,” she said.
Before the launch, only six policewomen were in the list of the said Municipal Police Station.
The all-female police station which operates with 21 officers is led by newly designated Maria police chief Captain Judith Besas.
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