The policeman’s blue-gray uniform will soon be replaced because it’s not suitable for a tropical country like the Philippines, National Police chief Alan Purisima said Wednesday.
That uniform was designed and then sewn and made official 22 years ago, but Purisima says it’s time to retire it.
“That uniform is oppressive and inappropriate to the Philippine climate,” he said.
The new uniform will be lighter and the cloth made of cotton to be more comfortable compared with the old polyester uniform that’s hot when put on.
Purisima says they have not yet finalized the new uniform’s design, but they will soon decide after uniform makers model 16 designs today in front of top police officials in Camp Crame.
The patches will be enlarged to make them more visible, while the Pershing cap will also be changed.
“We will make the uniform light and cool to the eyes and not hot,” Purisima said.
He did not say how much the new uniform will cost, but police sources say the cost of the uniform sets will be deducted from the policemen’s three-year allowance amounting to P14,000.