PNP gets P1.8B worth of new equipment

Oscar D. Albayalde
PNP chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde leads the blessing of P1.8B new police equipment at Camp Bagong Diwa in Tanay, Rizal.

THE Philippine National Police has acquired P1.8-billion worth of police equipment to enhance its  basic operational requirements, especially city and municipal police stations, public safety battalions and company, and national support units.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde led the blessing of the 23,800 pieces of newly-procured police equipment yesterday at the NCRPO Grandstand, Camp Bagong Diwa, in Taguig City.

Deputy Director General Archie Francisco Gamboa, the chairman of the NHQ Bids and Awards Committee, presented to Albayalde the police equipment amounting to P1.871 billion, bankrolled by a supplemental fund from the PNP Capability Enhancement Program of 2014 to 2018.

Gamboa said the procurement is part of the continuing effort of the PNP leadership and national government to enhance the firepower, mobility, communication,and investigative capabilities of PNP operating units.

These newly-acquired equipment include  2 units single engine helicopter (Airbus H125);  107 units patrol jeep 4x2 single cab (Toyota Hi-lux);  349 units 125cc motorcyle (Honda XRM);  5,000 units striker fired 9mm pistol (Canik TP9SF Elite-S);  4,000 units striker fired 9mm pistol (Taurus TS9);  42 units 7.62mm MG3 light machine gun (Pakistan Ordnance Factory);  3,045 units waistcoat vest level 3A with Upgrade Plate Level IV;  11,084 enhanced combat helmet;  124 units tactical radio (VHF Lowband);  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.

The combat helmets, tactical radios, body armor, sidearms, motorcycles and patrol vehicles will fill-up the shortage among the line units, while the light machineguns will be issued to the Maritime Group to arm its newly-acquired fleet of high-speed watercraft for police maritime patrol operations in coastal areas.