MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday launched the first all-female police force in the country in Maria town, Siquijor.
Aptly named Mariang Pulis, it is composed of 21 personnel headed by Police Capt. Judith Besas.
The team was handpicked by Police Col. Angela Rejano, director of Siquijor Police Provincial Office.
"Wala naman pong limitasyon para sa isang babae na i-limit 'yung functions nila sa mga administrative at desk function. Pwede naman po silang mag-excel pa sa ibang aspeto ng trabaho namin bilang isang pulis," she told radio DZMM.
"Having initiated this new concept of gender and development for policewomen in Siquijor, the Mariang Pulis signals the time to move forward in promoting the vision and mission of the PNP in creating an opportunity for women to strengthen their role in the context of policing in the law enforcement pillar," she said in a statement.
Rejano said the policewomen were trained in driving, shooting, arresting techniques, among others.