By Aaron Recuenco
While some students and other government employees were allowed not to be in proper uniform due to water supply problems in some parts of Metro Manila, policemen do not have the same leeway.
Senior Supt. Bernard Banac, spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said there is an existing directive from the leadership to be in proper uniform always especially during the campaign period.
“There are no exemptions for the policemen to wear civilian clothes,” said Banac.
He explained that he is sure that there will be no problem in the policemen’s compliance on the order to always wear their uniform since part of their training is to become resourceful.
He added that there were times that policemen would not even take a bath because of the continuity of the conduct of operations.
“We are always on the go, we always respond to all complaints so it is necessary that we are always in proper uniform,” said Banac.
But Banac stressed that part of the wearing of proper uniform is the observance of proper hygiene.
Earlier, some school authorities had allowed pupils and students not to wear uniform due to water shortage especially in the areas being served by the Manila Water.
Unit and department heads were also allowed to exempt government employees from wearing uniform.
Fortunately, water supply in areas affected by water shortage has started to normalize.