Honasan wants to repeal height requirement for PNP applicants

May 14, 2012 10:54 pm 

By Allan N. Cordovero

MANILA, May 14 — Senator Gregorio Honasan II on Monday introduced an act which seeks to repeal the height requirement for applicants to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“Heightism or discrimination based on height is a reality today that has been widely practiced among law enforcement agencies and armed forces worldwide,” Honasan pointed out as he explained Senate bill 3184, known as the Police Height Equality Act of 2012.

In a meeting of the Senate's public order and dangerous drugs committee on Monday, Honasan said the bill pursues to repeal the height requirement imposed on the Section 30 (h) of Republic Act (RA) 6975 or the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Act of 1990, as amended by RA 1998.

As provided in RA 1998, known as the Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998, the height must be at least 1.62m and 1.57m for male and female, respectively.

The bill explains that the height discrimination unnecessarily limits quality choice while promoting social prejudice.

Honasan said the committee studies on the possibility of imposing no height limit within the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) still depends on their standards.

“We will wait for their reports probably within the next two weeks so that we can prepare a committee report,” Honasan said.

The proposal of Honasan to repeal height limit for PNP applicants drew support from the PNP officials who attended the public hearing. (PNA) RMA/LAM/jfm/ANC-OJT

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