PNP proposes P14.8-billion worth of infra for modernization

The Philippine National Police has proposed P14.8-billion worth of infrastructure projects to the Department of Public Works and Highways to boost its modernization program with better facilities.

At the PNP-DPWH Convergence Program Meeting over the weekend, Police Major General Edwin Roque, PNP Director for Logistics said all pertinent documents and requirements are already submitted to the DPWH for final validation for 2020 prioritization program.

Based on the proposal of the PNP, a grand total of Php 14,843,473,726.47 will be allotted to prioritize various infrastructure projects in all 17 Police Regional Offices nationwide.

The PNP has proposed 117 projects in Luzon worth P11.018-billion; 70 projects in the Visayas worth P1.96-billion; and 104 projects in Mindanao worth P1.85-billion.

According to Roque, the proposed infrastructure projects include Police station buildings, Combat Simulation facility, firing ranges, additional office buildings for provincial police offices; City Police Office and Provincial Mobile Force Company barracks, quarters and dormitories, additional NHQ and RHQ building, Regional NSU building, and others.

DPWH Undersecretary for Planning and Public-Private Partnership, Dr. Maria Catalina Cabral acknowledged the urgency of availability of these proposed PNP infrastructure even as she commended the PNP Directorate for Logistics for the fruitful result of the PNP-DPWH Convergence Program Meeting. She also sought PNP assistance for security of DPWH projects to thwart burning of equipment and sabotage of ongoing projects perpetrated by terrorist and criminal elements in the countryside.

Cabral said the DPWH will continue to support the PNP Modernization Program by providing essential infrastructure.

A P267.89-million DPWH-funded project is currently underway in Camp Crame for a 5-storey multi-purpose carpark building that offers a solution to parking woes of personnel and PNP clientele transacting business at the PNP National Headquarters. The building is designed with 176 parking slots, 12 multi-purpose function halls, drivers’ lounge, concessionaire spaces, pavilion and roof deck, 32 comfort rooms for male, female and PWD; vehicle ramp, 4 ground floor PWD ramps, two passenger elevators, three staircases and an administration office.

According to PNP Chief, Police General Oscar Albayalde, “all these proposed projects will go a long way in enhancing effectiveness and productivity of the PNP in performing our mandated law enforcement and public safety functions.” PNP-PIO