THE Philippine National Police’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program gets going this year as the PNP leadership headed by General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa continues to further boost its effort to build more ‘strong stations and other facilities’ that will benefit the force and the public it serves.
Last week, Gen. Gamboa led the launching of a P1.2 billion Camp Bagong Diwa Development Plan aimed at providing better facilities for officers and men of the National Capital Region Police Office and the PNP Special Action Force.
The groundbreaking rites at Camp Bagong Diwa came as the PNP asked the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways to fund nearly P14.9-billion worth of infrastructure projects needed by the 190,000-strong police force to further boost its modernization.
Joined by NCRPO director, Major General Debold M. Sinas and PNP-SAF director, Maj. Gen. Amado Clifton B. Empiso, the PNP chief officiated the ceremonial groundbreaking activity at the Special Action Force open ground in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.
The various Department of Public Works and Highways-convergence fund projects for NCRPO includes the construction of the NCRPO Multi-Purpose Center worth P230 million; the NCRPO grandstand and site development worth P200 million; and a Close-Quarter Battle Simulation Building for NCRPO tactical officers to be built at the cost of P23 million.
Others are a P90 million Manila Police District project; the P5 million rehabilitation of the Pasig Police Station; various projects at the Quezon City Police District worth P204 million; and the construction of the Southern Police District Crime Laboratory worth P23 million.
“This is in line with the Build! Build! Build! program of the current administration which endeavors to usher the “Golden Age of Infrastructure”. Ultimately, the structures aim to boost NCRPO’s operational capabilities not just for the betterment of the police service that it provides for the Metro but also to uplift the morale and welfare of its personnel,” said Maj. Gen. Sinas.
The NCRPO is embarking on a massive program to further improve its ‘shoot, move, communicate and investigate’ capabilities this year, banking on the support of President Duterte and Congress.
The NCRPO had also upgraded its mobility and patrol capabilities through the creation of an Aerial Patrol Unit in coordination with the Air Unit of PNP-SAF.
This year, the NCRPO is constructing its very own Crime Laboratory with highly modernized equipment to further boost its crime solution efficiency. Sinas said that the approved funds will also be utilized to upgrade and modernize the Multi-purpose Building, Grandstand, Training Building with all its classrooms, dormitories and all other significant infrastructures inside Camp Bagong Diwa.
In June last year, the PNP Directorate for Logistics headed by Major Gen. Edwin C. Roque submitted all pertinent documents and requirements needed by the DPWH on its Year 2020 prioritization program.
The PNP proposal called on the DPWH to allocate a grand total budget of P14,843,473,726.47 to build infrastructure projects in all 17 Police Regional Offices nationwide in accordance with President Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program and promise to provide the national police force with all the facilities and equipment it badly needs before he steps down from office in 2022.
The PNP proposed 117 projects in Luzon worth P11.018-billion; 70 projects in the Visayas worth P1.96-billion; and 104 projects in Mindanao worth P1.85-billion.
According to Roque, the proposed infrastructure projects include Police station buildings, Combat Simulation facility, firing ranges, additional office buildings for provincial police offices; City Police Office and Provincial Mobile Force Company barracks, quarters and dormitories, additional PNP National Headquarters and Regional Headquarters’ buildings, Regional PNP National Support Unit buildings and others. At present, A P267.89-million DPWH-funded project is currently underway in Camp Crame. The money will build a 5-storey multi-purpose car park building aimed at helping address the perennial parking problem at the PNP-NHQ by its personnel and clients who are transacting business in offices such as the PNP Highway Patrol Group’s Motor Vehicle Clearing Division, the PNP One-Stop Shop for firearms’ holders and security guards, the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies, the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office and the PNP Permit-to-Carry-Firearms-Outside-of-Residence or PTCFOR Secretariat office.
The building is designed with 176 parking slots, 12 multi-purpose function halls, drivers’ lounge, concessionaire spaces, pavilion and roof deck, 32 comfort rooms for male, female and PWD; vehicle ramp, four ground floor PWD ramps, two passenger elevators, three staircases and an administration office.