Height requirement for cops, firefighters, jail guards may be scrapped soon

Shorter Filipinos will soon be able to apply as police officers and firefighters after the Senate ratified a bicameral conference committee report on a proposal to scrap height requirements in the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

Shorter Filipinos will soon be able to apply as police officers and firefighters after the Senate ratified a bicameral conference committee report on a proposal to scrap height requirements in the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

 

Virgil Lopez of Sun.Star Online reports "once (the bill is) signed into law, Section 30 of Republic Act 6975 or the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990 as amended by Republic Act 8551 or the Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998 will be immediately repealed." That means there will no longer be a height requirement for applicants for jobs at the PNP and BFP as well as at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

 

"Set to benefit as well from the proposed measure are applicants to the PNP, BFP and BJMP whose regular appointments have been on hold because of failure to comply with the height standard," the report also said. Under the current law, males who want to join the PNP, BFP, or BJMP have to be at least 5’4" tall. Females have a height requirement of 5’2".

 

Senator Gregorio Honasan II, who pushed for passage of the bill, said the height requirement was unjust and discriminatory.

 

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