MANILA - After almost 18 years, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will change its uniforms.
Out of 30 proposals, the design with a blue ribbon was selected.
The PNP said the selection was very thorough, with the new uniform made from high quality fiber.
Now it just needs the green light from the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM).
"Ito yung uniporme na hindi lang magiging functional, magiging durable, but also isang uniporme na maipagmamalaki natin," said Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, chief of PNP public information office.
Several PNP officials tried out the new uniforms during the flag raising ceremony on Tuesday.
The new design has an insignia, which contains the officer's rank.
The new uniform won't need to be tucked in anymore.
"Magaan at komportable isuot sa day-to-day activity," Sr. Supt. Buenaventura Viray of the PNP research and development division said.
According to the PNP research and development division, each uniformed personnel gets a P14,000 uniform allowance every three years.
VACC to PNP: Focus on fighting crimes
Meanwhile, though many are excited to try out the new uniforms, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) believes the PNP should instead focus on fighting crimes.
"Yung material resources ng PNP should go sa crime prevention, hindi sa cosmetics, pampaganda ng uniform. Pag bumaba ang crime rate sa Pilipinas, then bigyan natin sila ng best uniforms that money can buy," VACC member Boy Evangelista said.
This is in light of several high-profile cases recently reported including the killing of racing champ Enzo Pastor in Quezon City and Crown Regency Hotel chain owner Richard King in Davao City.
Police have yet to make arrests in these cases.
The Quezon City Police District has already formed Task Force Enzo to handle the investigation.
The Pastor family, meanwhile, has also sought help from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). -- Report from Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News; ANC