The Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 sees nothing wrong in women leading police units.
In fact, such move would be an opportunity for women police officers to shows their capability and skills, Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong said.
Malong, chief of the of PRO-6 Public Information Office, is one of the 33 women police commanders in Western Visayas.
Women account for 17.5 percent of the 188 “commander” posts in the region.
Most of these policewomen are assigned as chiefs of police.
For now, no lady commander is occupying provincial or city director posts.
Recently, newly-installed PNP chief General Debold Sinas expressed plans of appointing women to lead regional police offices and district command units.
Sinas said he would evaluate the skills and competencies of women police chiefs before he would appoint them to key positions.
Sinas created an all-women Police Station during his stint as PRO-7 director.
While holding the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) top post, he also established an all-female police precinct in Taguig City.
“We’re glad that the PNP hierarchy has acknowledged the competence of women police officials to lead a police unit,” Malong said.
She believed that policewomen officials would also exemplify how the PNP should be led. (Jennifer Rendon via The Daily Guardian (TDG), photo courtesy by TDG)