Voting 23-0, Senate has approved in third and final reading Senate Bill 1563 or the proposed PNP, BFP, BJMP, and BuCor Height Equality Act seeking to lower the minimum height requirement for aspiring officer or member of Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
The proposed law seeks to lower the minimum height requirement for male to 1.57 meter and for female to 1.52 meter.
“With the passage today of Senate Bill No. 1563 or the PNP, BFP, BJMP and BuCor Height Equality Bill which we hope will soon be enacted into law, we give more in law to those who have less in height. We make an important contribution in addressing the existing social inequality for those who have not been gifted with towering height,” said Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, a former PNP chief.
“Legislated requirements restrict our vertically challenged countrymen in their desire to serve as law enforcers, firemen, jail officers and correction officers,” Senator dela Rosa said.
“If we continue to allow physical attributes as basis of entry into government service, and if as legislators, we have only done so little to change this practice, are we not shortchanging our people, the Filipinos who gave us our legislative mandate,” he added.
“Sa araw na ito, pinatunayan natin na tayong mga senador ay hinalal upang ipagtanggol ang “maliliit” – literally and figuratively, Mr. President. Our people expect no shortcomings from us. Indeed, there is no tall order that cannot be conquered,” the senator said.