STATE-OF-THE-ART drones which proved their usefulness when security forces battled Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Marawi last year will now be a norm in police operations where they will serve as the police’s ‘eye-in-the-sky.’
This after Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said they will soon provide different police regional units specifically their mobile groups with 700 drones worth P56 million to make their fight criminality and rebels more effective.
Valued at P80,000 each, the PNP chief said they will be asking all 17 Police Regional Office directors and chiefs of different PNP national operational support units to see to it that there will be an officer responsible for the use and maintenance of the drones.
Policemen who would be assigned to handle these drones will have to undergo specialized training since a simple error may prove too costly and the drones would either be lost or totally damaged.
Drones have proven to be very effective in monitoring any activities in a given area including the presence of armed persons, whether they are members of the New People’s Army or Southern-based terrorists in the past prompting the PNP leadership to seek their procurement.
Gen. Albayalde said that in particular, he want drones to be fielded in areas where there are large NPA sightings specifically during actual clashes between the guerrillas and security troops.