MANILA, July 4 (PNA) — The Philippine National Police will hold its fashion show on Thursday to redesign its PNP uniform.
The PNP, thru the Directorate for Research and Development, having a technical study to address concerns raised by the rank-and-file over the design of the PNP uniform.
PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima said the national police is looking at using a lighter shade of blue so as to make it easier on the eyes.
Purisima also said he wanted to change the texture of the fabric to be used, and instead go for a softer kind so that police officers will be more comfortable to move around.
“The head gears will also be redesigned,” the official said.
With this, Purisima said a fashion event tagged: “Cop Walk” is set to be held Thursday at the national headquarters of PNP in Camp Crame which will showcase design proposals for the uniform.
He said there will be 16 sets of uniform designs to be modeled in the competition.
Purisima, however, clarified that it doesn’t necessarily follow that the winning proposal will already be the final design, as it would still undergo changes if found necessary.
According to PNP Public Information Office Chief, Police Sr. Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, a pool of fashion designers and experts in the garments industry has been commissioned by the PNP to assist in coming up with the proposed modified designs for the different types of PNP uniforms.
Sindac said the “Cop walk…PNP on the Ramp” features creations of Filipino fashion icons like Rene Salud, Eddie Baddeo and other independent designers who will help provide the PNP with essential inputs in coming up with the best quality and comfortable PNP uniform and paraphernalia by making use of the creativity of students from fashion designer schools and manufacturers of suppliers of police uniforms.
He added the show is among the many moves being undertaken by the PNP leadership in response to results of an internal survey and a strong clamor from the rank-and-file policemen for a change in the police uniform.
Sindac recalls that a National Police Commission (Napolcom) resolution allows the PNP after a certain number of years to review and evaluate the viability of the police uniform and recommend for either its retention, modification or total replacement.
“We are soliciting as many inputs from the professionals and different sectors of society including the media,” Sindac said. All the changes in the proposed design of the PNP uniform are still in the drawing board.
During the submission of entries, all participating designers were required to submit their respective sketches while the manufacturers provided materials according to the technical specifications set by the PNP, including their suggested materials which they think are appropriate or better to prototype the designers’ creations.
Sixteen General Office Attire designs, each for male and female categories, will be showcased to in “Cop walk”.
The Uniform and Equipment Standardization Board still has the final say on which design to recommend to the Napolcom for the final approval of the Napolcom Chairman.
Should the Napolcom approve of the new uniform design for the PNP, this will entail no additional expense on the part of the police personnel, because every policeman receives a Replacement Clothing Allowance of P14,000.00 every three years, Sindac explained.