PNP to acquire new 17,048 firearms from Israel

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PNP Officer-In-Charge, Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said the PNP is set to acquire 17,048 new units of 5.56m Basic Assault Rifle amounting to Php ‭712,927,360 sourced from GAA 2019, Trust Receipts, and GAA 2019. ‬

As the Philippine National Police posted 98% absorptive capacity for the procurement of new police equipment, the PNP National Headquarters Bids and Awards Committee has entered into a momentous collaboration with the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) through the ‘Government to Government’ (G2G) mode of acquisition.

The OIC, PNP signed the Implementing Arrangement with IMOD East Asia Regional Director Nuni Sella on December 11, 2019 as the PNP will acquire the new basic rifles [from] Israel Weapons Industries (IWI), one of the leading arms manufacturers in the world.

The signing was witnessed by the Chairman, PNP NHQ Bids and Awards Committee, Police Major General Jose Ma Victor F Ramos, members of the PNP NHQ BAC, NHQ BAC Secretariat, and other notable personnel.

Gamboa cited the Basic Assault Rifle has a price of only Php 41,820, much lower than the price per unit obtained through public bidding.

“The procurement through G2G was no easy undertaking. We initiated this undertaking. Through various discussions and coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of National Defense (DND), and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the historical procurement was given birth.” Gamboa said, who led the NHQ-BAC as its chairman to pursue G2G.

‘Accord between DND and IMOD’

The mode of procurement was originally based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of National Defense and IMOD for the procurement of defense and security equipment under a Defense Cooperation Agreement pursuant to Section 53.8 of the RIRR of RA No. 9184 or The Government Procurement Reform Act of 2016.

In a letter from DND dated March 18, 2019, the defense department stated that “the said MOU is an executive agreement ratified by the President, it is applicable and may be utilized by the PNP for its procurement on a G2G arrangement with IMOD for which this Department fully support and recommend.”

To fully exercise the said accord, the PNP through the Procurement Management Committee and the PNP NHQ Bids and Awards Committee, have conducted market study and several deliberations on the latest procurement of Basic Assault Rifle and Light Machine Gun conducted through by the PNP NHQ BAC Public Bidding. The market study and determinations of the PNP NHQ BAC and PMC included the procurements conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Based from curated records, PDEA through Public Bidding has procured 600 units Galil Ace (Basic Assault Rifle) from IWI for a price per unit of around Php168,000.00.

In 2017, the PNP NHQ BAC through Public Bidding has procured 8,170 units of Basic Assault Rifle for a price per unit of Php 87,995.00.

Similarly in 2017, the PNP NHQ BAC through Public Bidding has procured 698 units of Basic Assault Rifle for a price per unit of Php 82,000.00.

In 2018 the PNP through Public Bidding has procured 7,700 units of Galil Ace for IWI from a price per unit of Php46,999.

‘Much Lower Prices thru G2G’

In 2019, the PNP has procured 5,767 units Basic Assault Rifle for the same price of Php 46,999.

“These procurement projects were done through Competitive Public Bidding, and these projects passed the very rigid and strict post-qualification procedures, test and evaluation, and acceptance requirements of the PNP,” Gamboa said.

He also noted the Government-to-Government mode of procurement has laid the path for the PNP to procure Basic Assault Rifle of the same superior quality for a price per unit of Php41,000 only, far lower than the price per unit obtained through public bidding.

“Aside from its firm legal anchorage and transparency, backed up by intelligent market research, the Government-to-Government mode of procurement truly is transparent, corrupt-free and beneficial to the government,” he said.

The weaponry of the PNP is even made more superior and standardize through G2G as part of the continuing effort of the PNP leadership and the national government to enhance the firepower, mobility, and tactical capabilities of PNP operating units to serve and protect the Filipino people. PNP-PIO