The Philippine National Police (PNP) expressed gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for the police force capability upgrade during the acceptance and blessing ceremony of 11,931 newly-procured equipment worth PHP1,618,455,384.
“The Philippine National Police is deeply grateful to our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who always there to support us leading to the unprecedented improvement and capability enhancement of the police force. This is also a vital move for the organization to accomplish our mission and functions,” PNP Chief Police Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said during the event at National Capital Region Police Office Grandstand, Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
Police Director General Albayalde said the procurement is aligned with the realization of the Modernization Program of the PNP.
Among the procured assets are 387 units of Patrol Jeep (4×2), 59 units of Marked Light Transport Vehicle, and 6,440 units of Undershirt Vest Level IIIA for police stations.
320 7.62mm Light Machine Gun units, 231 units of 5.56mm Light Machine Gun, 313 Basic Assault Rifles, 160 Base radios, and 3,666 units of NATO magazines for PNP Special Action Force and Mobile Forces.
138 units of inflatable rubber boat for Maritime Group, Regional Mobile Forces, and SAF.
176 units of Unmarked Light Transport Vehicle and 41 units of Unmarked Brand New Van for PNP administrative, intelligence, and investigation units and offices across the country.
Albayalde emphasized that the newly-acquired police equipment will steer and enhance operational readiness and personal protection during police operations in the flagship campaign of the national government against terrorism, illegal drugs, and criminality.
PNP-NHQ Bids and Awards Committee noted the PNP has hoisted 98.81% absorptive capacity in its procurement of various police equipment, and most of the procured equipment are part of the Php 6.4 billion release for Fiscal Year 2017.