Meet ‘Mariang Pulis’: Philippines’ first all-women police station in Siquijor town

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Meet ‘Mariang Pulis’: Philippines’ first all-women police station in Siquijor town
Siquijor top cop Colonel Angela Rejano says the all-women police station in Maria town 'signals the time to move forward' in strengthening the role of women in Philippine law enforcement

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday, September 14, introduced its first all-women police station, “Mariang Pulis” in the municipality of Maria, Siquijor.

The 21-member team is led by Maria police chief Captain Judith Besas.

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,” said Siquijor top cop Colonel Angela Rejano.

MOBILE PATROL TEAM. Maria town police at the event launching the all-female station on September 14, 2019. Photo from PNP

Rejano selected the members of the Mariang Pulis force  totaling 21 – the ideal number for a Class C municipality like Maria, the Police Regional Office 7 (PRO7) said in a press statement. 

READY FOR MOBILE PATROL. A few of the 21 members of Mariang Pulis. Photo from PNP

The launch took place over a week after the PNP Highway Patrol Group launched its first all-women riders team. The elite Special Action Force recruited its biggest batch of women in February.

While the recruitment efforts have been aggressive, the promotions have not been as inclusive. As of September 14, all of the PNP’s top officials remain to be men, with no female holding the rank of general. –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.