TOP Philippine National Police officials headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday presented to the public part of the P784 million worth of brand-new police equipment they have purchased to further enhance the basic operational requirements of their city and municipal police stations, public safety battalions and companies as well as national support units.
Gen. Albayalde and PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the chairman of the PNP National Headquarters Bids and Awards Committee, witnessed the blessing of the newly-procured police equipment at the PNP Heritage Park in Camp Crame a day before the 118th Police Service Anniversary to be graced by President Duterte.
Lt. Gen. Gamboa said the police equipment amounting to P 784,688,248.21 was bankrolled by appropriations from the PNP Capability Enhancement Program of 2014 to 2019 and from the General Appropriations Act 2018.
Gamboa said the 95 units of 4x4 utility vehicles will be issued to Police Provincial Headquarters and City Police Offices to fill up mobility assets. On the other hand, the 10,000 units of Canik 9mm Pistol will be issued to newly recruited PNP personnel.
The PNP’s no. 3 official added that 78 units of NEGEV Light Machine Guns, 3,684 units of Enhanced Combat Helmets and 2,255 units of Tactical Vests will be distributed to Police Mobile Forces nationwide along with 568,226 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
According to Gamboa, the procurement is part of the continuing effort of the PNP leadership and the national government to enhance the firepower, mobility, communication, and investigative capabilities of PNP operating units.
The PNP chief said the PNP Capability Enhancement Program aims to provide for and enhance the basic operational requirements of every PNP unit especially the Municipal and City Police Stations, Regional Public Safety Battalions, Provincial Public Safety Companies and National Support Units.
As a major beneficiary of the Duterte government’s program to modernize the country’s armed services, the PNP leadership has fully committed to ensure a graft-free bidding process in the organization.
The PNP last year allotted roughly P1.135 billion to procure additional aircraft and patrol boats needed to help counter the presence of international drug traffickers, kidnappers and other lawless elements.
The purchase of the new police equipment comes in wake of what senior police officials have described as a graft-free PNP bidding process since the start of the Duterte administration.
Gen. Albayalde explained that with the able stewardship of the PNP Bids and Awards Committee chaired by Gamboa, the PNP was able to save enough money to buy an additional 107 units of patrol vehicles for their field units nationwide in 2018.
Two months ago, Gen. Albayalde led the handover of some P1.871 billion worth of newly-procured police equipment that will further boost their ‘move, shoot, communicate and investigate’ capabilities.
Included in the 23,800 units of brand-new equipment are two units of Single Engine Helicopter (Airbus H125); 107 units of Toyota Hi-Lux 4x2 single-cab patrol jeeps; 349 units of Honda XRM 125cc motorcycles; 5,000 units of Striker Fired 9mm Pistol (Canik TP9SF Elite-S); 4,000 units of Striker Fired 9mm Pistol (Taurus TS9); 42 units of 7.62mm MG3 Light Machine Gun from the Pakistan Ordnance Factory; 3,045 units Waistcoat Vest Level 3A with Upgrade Plate Level IV; 11,084 Enhanced Combat Helmets; 124 units Tactical Radio (VHF Low band); and 48 Explosive Detection Dogs (EDDs).
The multi-role single engine helicopter will be assigned to the PNP Special Action Force primarily to support internal security, law enforcement and public safety operations of PNP units in Mindanao and Visayas.