The Philippine National Police (PNP) has beefed up its muscle yet again with the procurement of P1.2 billion worth of firearms, transport, and communication equipment.
PNP Chief General Camilo Pancratius Cascolan led the blessing and send-off of the newly-acquired assets on Friday at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Police Major General Emmanuel Luis Licup, chairman of the PNP bids and awards committee, presented to Cascolan 11 units of brand new shuttle bus, 22 units of high-speed tactical watercraft, 355 units of patrol jeep, 5,767 units of Galil Ace 22N 5.56mm basic assault rifle, and 214 units of VHF (very high frequency) lowband hand-held radio.
Cascolan said this latest procurement program was funded through the Capability Enhancement Programs (CEPs) 2019 and 2020, and CEP 2019 Balances with a total amount of P1,221,601,033.
He said the 11 shuttle buses were given to various Police Regional Offices (PROs) for faster mobilization of their personnel during essential programs and operations.
Meanwhile, the PNP Maritime Group and the Special Action Force were issued with the high-speed tactical watercrafts which they can use for preventive patrol and anti-criminality operations along coastal waters.
The patrol jeepneys would be distributed to different municipal police stations (MPSs) across the country “to boost their police patrol operations as part of intensified security drive in communities in times of national health crisis.”
The Police Mobile Forces would be the end-users of the new assault rifles while the handheld radios were issued to the PNP Communications and Electronics Service.
Aside from the new procurement, Cascolan also received two coasters and a cargo shuttle worth P8,714,000 as donated by the Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (AFPMBAI).
Just last October 26, the PNP procured 92 patrol jeepneys, six 4×4 personnel carriers, 90 heavy motorcycles, 7,700 basic assault rifles, and 434 digital handheld radios worth P569 million which Cascolan would enhance the troops’ patrol operations.