PHIILPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde yesterday led the public presentation of the more than P2.1 billion worth of brand-new weapons and motorbikes procured by the PNP as part of its ongoing all-out effort to combat drugs, crime and terrorism.
“These firearms and motorbikes definitely will further enhance our capability to patrol the streets and wage a continuing war against drugs, crime and terror,” the PNP chief said as he witnessed the blessing of the newly-procured PNP guns and motorcycles.
The police equipment were procured by the PNP National Headquarters Bids and Awards Committee chaired by PNP Chief Directorial Staff Deputy Director General Archie Francisco Gamboa under the PNP Capability Enhancement Program funds for Calendar Years 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The basic assault rifles and light machine guns will be issued to PNP mobile forces and the PNP Maritime group while the striker-fired pistols will be issued to new police recruits and the elite PNP Special Action Force for their capability enhancement on internal security operations.
The 650cc motorbikes will be distributed to the PNP Highway Patrol Group and the Police Security and Protection Group to enhance their operational readiness and visibility during their day-to-day operations.
Gamboa said the acquisition of firepower and mobility equipment supports the realization of the Capability Enhancement and Modernization Program of the PNP, which is imperative in order to equip all its units, especially those in most peculiar areas in the country.
“This is through the directive of President Duterte to accomplish the mission and functions of the police organization,” he said.
The new equipment will reinforce the firepower of Municipal and City Police Stations, Regional Public Safety Battalions, Provincial Public Safety, Provincial and City Police Offices, the different Police Regional Offices and PNP National Support Units as well as the national headquarters.
The newly-procured police equipment include 8,170 units of 5.56mm basic assault rifle (Galil Ace 22N); 4,933 units of 5.56mm basic assault rifle (Emtan); 1,920 units of striker-fired 9mm semi-automatic pistol (Masada); 10,000 units of striker-fired 9mm pistol (Canik TP9SF Elite-S); 231 units of 7.62mm light machine gun (Negev); 320 units of 5.56 light machine gun (Negev) and 310 units of 650cc Kawasaki Versys motorcycles.