Japan gives Philippines P53.3M worth of anti-terrorism, public safety equipment

Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of the Philippines His Excellency Koji Haneda turned over PHP53.3 million worth of donated public safety and counter-terrorism equipment to the Philippine National Police (PNP) on February 12.

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Donated equipment include six (6) bomb suits, six (6) ballistic shields, and 442 ballistic helmets.

“Director General Oscar Albayalde, PNP chief, was on hand to receive the items, expressing his gratitude for Japan’s assistance. This came a little over year after Japan completed the turnover of 100 patrol cars to the Philippine National Police (PNP) at a Ceremony attended by President Duterte in January 2018,” the Japanese embassy said.

It said that the equipment, amounting to a total of PHP53.3 million, was granted through Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA).

“They form part of the Japanese government’s continuing effort to help upgrade Philippine law enforcement capabilities.,” it added.

During the turn over ceremony, Ambassador Haneda emphasized the need for both Japan and the Philippines to join hands in enhancing their collective capabilities in the face of violent extremism, noting that keeping the people safe was a key responsibility of government.

He also saluted the PNP for having accomplished much in the area of law enforcement and conveyed Japan’s continuing support.