To support its operations, the Philippine National Police acquired more police vehicles, force protection and IT equipment through supplemental appropriations aligned for its modernization program.
PNP Chief, Police General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr presided the official commissioning of purchased PNP equipment and police vehicles in Camp Crame, Quezon City, this afternoon.
PNP Bids and Awards Committee Chairman, Police Major General Ronaldo E Olay presented to the PNP Chief the equipment consists of 130 personnel carrier (4×4), 41 units advance life support ambulance, 1,464 all-purpose vest (tactical vest Level III), 212 units of 5.56mm light machine gun and 8,001 units 9mm striker fired pistol.
This latest procurement was funded through appropriations for the Capability Enhancement Programs (CEPs) 2019, 2021, and 2022 worth PhP761,219,682.00.
“We deeply appreciate the outlay for mission-essential equipment that is earmarked for the PNP this year to further boost the mobility, and firepower capabilities of every PNP unit from the regional offices down to municipal police stations and precincts.”, PGen Azurin said.
The patrol vehicles will be issued to Provincial Mobile Force Company and Municipal Police Stations with mountainous terrain, ambulances to PNP Health Service, all-purpose vest to high-risk police stations of police regional offices, while firearms will be distributed to PNP all over the country.
PGen Azurin underscored that security and welfare of the people does not only depend on the number of police officers in the field but also with their efficiency and effectiveness armed with what is needed.
“As we mobilize the police units in the field, we must also increase the effectiveness of our police officers by giving them the necessary equipment”, PGen Azurin further.
He reminded and encouraged all police units and offices, being the recipients of all the procured equipment of PNP, to use them properly and take good care of them as these were procured from the people’s taxes.
“This is part of the ‘Malasakit program’ under MKK=K which aspires to address the external and internal issues of the organization. Every police officer must take into mind and in action our sworn duty to serve and protect our community, and this is one way of showing we care; by taking care of our equipment”, PNP Chief PGen Azurin added.