Height limit for cops, firemen, guards repealed soon

Posted at 12/05/2012 6:01 PM | Updated as of 12/05/2012 6:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate has ratified a bicameral committee report that repeals the height limit for aspiring cops, firemen and guards.

Once signed into law, the height requirement found in Section 30 of Republic Act No. 6975 or the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990 as amended by Republic Act 8551 or the Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998 will be repealed.

Currently, the height requirements are at least 5’4” and 5’2” for male and female, respectively.

The height requirements under Sections 15 and 16 of Republic Act No. 8551 and Section 4 (h) of Republic Act No. 9263 or the Bureau of Fire Protection and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Professionalization Act of 2004, as amended by Republic Act No. 9592, will also be repealed.

Senator Gregorio Honasan earlier said that “heightism” or discrimination based on height limits choice and promotes social injustice.