THE Philippine National Police leadership this week boosted the firepower and mobility of the Police Regional Office 4-B to help it further enhance its fight against criminality specifically drugs and insurgency in the entire Mimaropa region which comprises the provinces of Mindoro Oriental, Mindoro Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan, PRO4-B director, Chief Superintendent Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. announced yesterday.
Apolinario said their latest logistical equipment issued to them by PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde include 35 units of brand-new single cab 4X2 patrol jeeps, 10 Negev 7.62mm light machine guns with 10,000 rounds of linked ammunition and 160 pieces of Enhanced Combat Helmet Level III helmets.
The official said the 35 patrol vehicles were distributed to the five PRO4-B police provincial offices and other municipal police stations while the light machine guns and Kevlar helmets will be used by the regional mobile police forces.
He said nine of the patrol vehicles will be used by the Romblon police; eight by the Palawan police; seven by the Mindoro Oriental police; four by the Mindoro Occidental police; another four by the Puerto Princesa City police; two by the Marinduque police and one by the regional headquarters.
“These new pieces of logistical equipment will surely help our personnel in the field effectively perform their tasks specifically when it comes to their move, shoot and investigate capabilities,” Apolinario said.
Apolinario called on all end-recipients of the new patrol vehicles, weapons and bullet-proof helmets to ensure their proper maintenance as part of the police force’s professionalism.