Don't be surprised if you see more female motorcycle riding cops managing traffic along the busy road that is EDSA.

As part of efforts to uphold gender equality in all fields, the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) recently activated a special unit composed of all female motorcycle riders that will help their male counterparts in managing traffic along EDSA.

Brig. General Eliseo Cruz, HPG Director, said that the deployment of female HPG officers is part of their gender equality program.

“Regardless if you are male or female cop, you should be able to respond to any crime incident. If we can contribute in crime prevention, in responding to any crime incidents especially highway robbery and carjacking, we can help in improving the flow of traffic along Edsa so there is a need for us to be on the streets because that is our job,” said Cruz.

The special team is comprised of 20 female officers who are all trained traffic enforcement supervisors, created by the HPG Director himself. The female HPG officers will be assigned along EDSA in two shifts; from 5:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and 3:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Their main responsibility will be to help the flow of traffic along EDSA, respond to vehicle-related crimes, and conduct traffic enforcement on those that will violate traffic rules if necessary.

Eliseo added that they have more than 20 policewomen stationed along EDSA, but they also have 10 female riders being deployed at any given time. However, the female riders are still not deputized to issue tickets. Instead, they will be partnered with a male counterpart who is deputized by the LTO and MMDA to issue citation tickets.

Pat. Judy Ann Maata, one of the 20 female cops who will be deployed in EDSA, said they will apply a different approach on drivers as compared to what their male counterparts do.

“There is a big difference in the way male and female cops apprehend erring motorists. Male officers seem to flex their authority in these cases. As for us female officers, I think they are more respectful if we are to deal with them. We are also a bit softer and more approachable as compared to our male colleagues, said Maata. She also added that female cops are more unlikely to accept bribes from traffic violators.

With at least 170 HPG personnel, 20 mobile units, and 36 motorcycles assigned along EDSA, Cruz said that they will assist in easing up traffic along the busy thoroughfare, as well as apprehend undisciplined motorists.