- Fifteen shopping mall guards were fined for wearing costumes while on duty
- The PNP-SOSIA said wearing costumes poses security risks
- The practice of wearing costumes during the Holiday Season is a violation of Private Security Agency Law
It is common for on-duty security guards in the country’s shopping malls and hotels to dress up and wear Christmas costumes such as Santa Claus outfit during the holiday season, but the Philippine National Police Supervisory Office on Security and Investigation Agencies (PNP-SOSIA) said the practice poses security risks.
The PNP also said that not wearing the prescribed security guard uniform while on duty is a violation of Republic Act No. 5487 or the Private Security Agency Law which mandates that security guards have their own uniforms to set them apart from police and soldiers.
On November 5, fifteen security guards of Landmark Department Store in Makati City were caught wearing costumes that made them look like Buckingham Palace guards. The security agency to which they belong was fined P10,000 for each guard.
Another security agency that deployed guards in a Quezon City mall was fined more than P400,000 for the uniform violation and other offenses such as expired duty detail order, and no license to exercise security profession.
PNP SPNP-SOSIA Enforcement Management Division acting chief Superintendent Jaime Santos said the practice of wearing costumes could lead to confusion in times of emergency and that individuals with criminal intent could copy the guards’ costume to engage in illegal activities.
Santos added that the costume might restrict the guard’s movement during an emergency situation.
“Unang-una, mataas ‘yung security risks niya na maaaring gamitin or gayahin ng mga grupo na gustong gumawa ng krimen sa loob. Kapag may mga emergencies na kinakailangan ang presensiya at tulong nila hindi sila lalapitan dahil ang akala nila ordinaryong employee,” ABS-CBN quoted Santos as saying.