Senate repeals 'heightism'

Posted at 08/06/2012 5:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate has repealed the height requirement for applicants to the police force, fire protection and the jail management and penology bureaus.

By a vote of 19 affirmative votes, the Senate passed on third and final reading Senate Bill 3217, which seeks to repeal the height requirement imposed on the Section 30 (h) of Republic Act (RA) 6975 or the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Act of 1990, as amended by RA 1998.

The latter provides that the height must be at least 1.62 meters and 1.57 meters for male and female, respectively.

“Height discrimination unnecessarily limits quality choice while promoting social injustice. Height may be a consideration in tasks requiring certain physical activities but not all who are short are physically, much less intellectually, impaired,” said Senator Gregorio Honasan II, the bill’s author.

“The Philippine Constitution affirms the principles of employment and non-discrimination. While it is right for hiring institutions to employ people for their intellect, for their drive and for what they can bring to the organization, it is wrong to deny them for reasons of creed, color, culture, gender identity or height,” he added.