‘Bato law’ brings ladderized training, economic package for private security guards

SEN. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa remains confident that thousands of private security personnel nationwide will benefit from the improved economic package and ladderized professional development mandated by the Private Security Industry Act, which he authored and championed.

It lapsed into law last July 30 as Republic Act 11917 (RA 11917), after President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. did not sign nor veto it, pursuant to Article VI, Section 27 of the Constitution.

In an interview with CNN Philippines’s The Source host Pinky Webb on Wednesday, dela Rosa said, “This law provides for a whole range of measures to improve the welfare and conditions of our private security guards.”

He recalled that “this law is more than 50 years ago already, but it did not capture the prevailing conditions of private security agencies.”

The senator affirmed the updated law provides for professional advancement of guards, for their progression from security guards to investigators or trainers, or in short, for a ladderized professional development.

Also, it mandates the progression of their salaries and benefits as they go up the ladder of professional development.

To be known as the “Bato law,” it covers both the security guards and the agencies.

Dela Rosa took special pride in citing Section 15 of Republic Act 119171 on “Ladderized Training and Education,” which provides that “the Philippine National Police, in partnership with private security training institutions or public institutions duly accredited by the government to provide such training education to private security professionals, shall develop ladderized training and education, which include basic security guard courses, specialized security guard courses, and candidate protection agent courses.”

Moreover, it shall also “include enhancement trainings, such as but not limited to, supervisory trainings, personal upliftment and other specialized trainings to place the security professional a level up from his current position.”

In turn, it further provides penal provisions for “any violation of the provisions of this Act, after due notice and hearing, subject to corresponding penalties.”

This developed, as another “Bato bill” lapsed into law, which may pave the way for the establishment of regional penitentiaries in Visayas and Mindanao to decongest the national penitentiary.

For humanitarian reasons, it also proposed to separate hardened criminals from each other so as to cut their ties and prevent them from continuing to work together on nefarious activities inside prison.