THE Philippine National Police has earmarked P288 million for supply and delivery of a Body Worn Camera (BWC) system for police operations, PNP Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa announced yesterday.
According to the PNP-OIC, the bidding was won by EVI Distribution, a San Juan City-based company, at the contract price of P288,888,888 including taxes, duties, maintenance and its data system.
Gamboa said that the PNP National Headquarters Bids and Awards Committee (NHQ-BAC) will assess the required performance security of the winning proponent and conduct final evaluation of the system before the issuance of the Supply Contract and Purchase Order this year.
“This system is expected to equip our police units in support to our anti-criminality and anti-terrorism operations including mission-essential equipment for mobility and investigation,” the top police official said.
The PNP-OIC emphasized that the PNP will not only procure body cameras but also a sophisticated, reliable, and secure system which will allow complete system management, real-time live streaming, data storage and backup, and overall connectivity and monitoring.
Among the inclusions of the procurement are its connectivity systems, accessories, video management software, computer servers, and sufficient storage for the BWCs.
In addition, the National Management and Monitoring Center will be established as the unified data hub of body camera system.
The PNP Information Technology Management Service will man the monitoring center along with its 17 Regional Monitoring Centers, and 81 Provincial Monitoring Centers (PMCs).
“This is our continuing effort to align our police operations with SMART POLICING or Secured, Mobile, Artificial Intelligence-Driven, Real Time, Technology as an intelligent implementation of innovations in policing technology while at the same time incorporating it with existing policies,” Gamboa explained.
Also yesterday, Gen. Gamboa signed an accord with a company called Home Defense Technology Corporation, Inc. to establish efficient communications and response arrangements in real-time crime reporting system aided by technology.