The Senate today passed in third and final reading a measure drafted and sponsored by Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa aimed at strengthening private security service industry and ensure the protection of the rights of those who belong to the industry.
With 21 Senators voting in favour, zero against and no abstentions, Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2423 or the Private Security Services Industry Act passed the final reading, repealing the Republic Act ( RA) No. 5487 or the Private Security Agencies Act.
Dela Rosa, chair of the Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee, said the measure aims to strengthen regulation of the private security services industry by making it sensitive to the complexity and growth of the industry and the requirements of global certification bodies.
The bill also aims to improve the protection of Filipino security guards by providing necessary training through the development of tiered training and education, including basic security guard courses, specialized courses in officers, security officer training courses, detective training courses and candidate protection officer courses. .
Under the bill, private security professionals must be Filipino citizens of full age, physically and mentally fit, of good character, and must not have been convicted of any crime in order to obtain a license to practice. the private security profession (LESP) which will be valid for five years.
“By saying yes to this measure, we are giving the industry the legislative support it has been missing all along, while relying on a 52-year-old law,” Dela Rosa said.
Section 4 of SBN 2423 ensures that private security firms must be 100% Filipino-owned and controlled, provided they employ no more than 2,000 private security professionals.
Any Public Safety Agency (PSA) or entity that operates without a valid License to Operate (LTO) will be subject to a fine of not less than 1 million pesos and not more than 5 million pesos, while there will be a fine ranging from 50,000 pesos to P100,000 for PSAs or entities proven to be operating with an expired LTO or anyone engaged in a private security profession without a valid license or an expired license.
“It is my fervent hope and I believe it is also the hope of this organization that through this measure the private security services industry will prosper even more with the success of every security professional,” said added Dela Rosa.