Capitol donates test gowns

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

FEMALE police recruits, 70 to 80 of them, are made to line up naked during physical examination, said Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) head Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale.

The PWC, which received the complaint, immediately responded and donated 50 examination gowns for these lady recruits.

“Maybe it’s too trivial, but it matters to us, the dignity of women,” said Magpale.


She only mentioned the gowns donated to the PNP after she received the commemorative badge from PNP Regional Director Marcelo Garbo during last Monday’s weekly PNP flag ceremony.

Magpale asked Garbo if women can also become generals.

“Women in uniform, yes, but will they ever get to wear that star?” was Magpale’s question to PNP officials.


Garbo invited Magpale as their guest in last Monday’s flag ceremony, which had a parade and review to commemorate the National Women’s Month of March.

Thelma Chiong, a PWC commissioner, recalled that when they received a complaint from a lady recruit, the commission immediately reacted.

“Hubo tanan aron kuno dali ra ang examination (They had to be naked to hasten the examination),” said Chiong.

Their reason is to facilitate a quicker examination of 10 ladies at a time. She understands that it takes longer for them to take off their clothes before examination.

“So now they fall in line wearing their gown,” said Magpale.


The acting governor asked the officials if there are women generals in the PNP. She was told there are already two three-star women generals.

“Gamay ra na (That’s only a few),” Magpale told them as she encouraged them to have more.

The PNP, according to regional officials, is not biased against women.

“It’s just that there are only few women to choose from,” Magpale said, quoting PNP officials.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 07, 2013.

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