THANKS to the national and different city governments and their different stakeholders, the Philippine National Police is well on its way to further enhancing their ‘move, shoot, communicate and investigate’ capabilities in Metro Manila and the rest of the country to better keep peace and order and fight criminality and terrorism, officials said yesterday.
The PNP chief said that the nearly P570 million worth of enabling equipment will fill up the requirements of different PNP units for mobility, firepower and communications which are among the key priorities of their capacity-building, modernization, and development agenda.
Gen. Cascolan said that the new equipment were procured by the PNP Bids and Award Committee thru the Philippine International Trading Corporation, funded from the Capability Enhancement Programs (CEPs) 2019 and 2020, Congressional Initiative Allocation (CIA) 2019, APEC 2015, and Reserve Agency Fund 2018 amounting to P569,092,642.
He said that the new equipment include 92 units of single-cab police patrol vehicles, six units of 4-wheel drive troop carriers, 90 units of 1,000cc motorcycles, 7,700 pieces of Basic Assault Rifles, and 434 pieces of handheld radio transceivers.
Gen. Cascolan said that the 90 units of 1,000c motorcycles or ‘Big Bikes’ will significantly enhance the PNP’s capability for high-speed tactical police response to street crimes especially those perpetrated by motorcycle-riding suspects more notoriously known as “riding in tandem”.
“In response to the instructions of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to address the increasing crime incidents involving motorcycle-riding suspects, I have directed through a memorandum the increase of police visibility by adding more motorcycle patrols to our existing fleet and initiate refresher training to our mounted tactical responders,” he said.
The PNP chief said that all 17 Police Regional Offices, in coordination with the PNP Highway Patrol Group headed by Brigadier Gen. Alexander C. Tagum were instructed to initiate the conduct of training on Tactical Motorcycle-Riding and to organize Motorized Anti-Street Crime Operating Teams which will go after motorcycle-riding criminal elements.
He said that 178 policemen in Cordillera, Ilocos-Pangasinan and Caraga regions as well as the PNP Special Action Force are currently undergoing skills development training on tactical motorcycle-riding.
Recently, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas thanked the Makati City government headed by Mayor Marlen Abigail S. Binay for donating more than P90 million worth of brand-new guns, patrol vehicles and protective gears to the local police to further improve its ‘move, shoot, communicate and investigate’ capability.
Among the equipment given to the Makati City Police Station headed by Colonel Oscar Jacildo were 100 units of caliber 5.56mm Tavor X95 assault rifles; 100 units of cal. 5.56mm Galil Ace 2IN assault rifles; three pieces of 7.62mm Galil sniper rifles; 70 pieces of Meprolight rifle scopes; 45 pieces of KCI Tactical Gas Masks; 35 pieces of Meprolight Night Vision scopes; 300 pieces of spare cal. 5.56mm magazines; two pieces of Dillion precision reloading machines; and 10 self-contained breathing apparatus that can be used by the local Special Weapons and Tactics or SWAT.
The Makati city government also donated two Toyota Hi-Lux FB vans and 20 Yamaha NMax 155cc motorcycles that will help beef up the street patrols of the local police.
Sinas said the Makati City donation will greatly strengthen the city police’s capability to maintain peace and order in the country’s top financial hub.
“These pieces of equipment will likewise increase the logistical equipment of the men and women of the Makati City police force necessary to better serve the Makati residents,” he said.
Last month, the Makati City government also provided the local police with 3,390 pairs of combat shoes, 3,571 pairs of patrol shoes, 1,488 holsters with rigs, 691 sets of athletic uniforms, 2,142 pieces of handcuffs, 1,339 belts, and 1,116 PNP ball caps.
Mayor Binay assured Sinas and Southern Police District director, Brigadier Gen. Emmanuel B. Peralta that she will continuously support the world-class policing of the Makati police force.
Last September, the Quezon City Police District also acquired new guns and a robotic vehicle to augment the anti-criminality operations of its District Mobile Force Battalion and Special Weapons and Tactics or SWAT.
QCPD director, Brig. Gen. Ronnie S. Montejo said that one remote-operated vehicle worth P65,299,950; eight new sniper rifles valued at P9,008,999; and 96 units of 9mm sub-machine guns were procured by the Q.C. government headed by Mayor Joy Belmonte for use of the local police.
Montejo said the turnover of the new equipment was a ‘good timing’ since they have opened two more police stations. QCPD Stations 13 and 14 are located respectively in Bagong Silangan and in Project 6.
Also, the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce, Inc. (FFCCIII) donated 20 brand-new Toyota Vios patrol cars and six SWAT tactical vehicles to the Manila Police District headed by Brig. Gen. Rolando F. Miranda.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso joined Sinas and Miranda in receiving the vehicles from the FFCCCII.