By Martin Sadongdong
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday unveiled 25,884 newly procured equipment worth P2,156,617,850 that is expected to boost the police force’s operational, intelligence and administrative capability.
PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde said the newlyprocured equipment is partly a realization of the Capability Enhancement Program (CEP) and modernization of the PNP for calendar years (CYs) 2016, 2017 and 2018.
“While we have waged our relentless fight against criminality, illegal drugs, terrorism and transnational crimes, we must also ensure that our basic equipage is also properly addressed and enhanced to equip all PNP units,” Albayalde said.
The PNP chief said 8,170 units of caliber 5.56mm Galil Ace 22N basic assault rifles; 4,933 units of 5.56 Emtan assault rifles; 231 units of 7.65 mm Negev light machine gun; and 320 units of 5.56mm Negev light machine gun will be given to the provincial mobile force companies to enhance their firepower.
Meanwhile, 1,920 units of Turkey-made Canik TP9SF Elite-S caliber 9mm pistol will be distributed to the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) while 10,000 more units of the same firearm will be given to the newly recruited cops.
Furthermore, the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG) will get 310 units of brand new 650cc Kawasaki Versys motorcycle to enhance their mobility and response capabilities.
“These basic equipage, firearms and motorcycles, shall intensify the operational readiness and police visibility of our personnel,” Albayalde noted.
According to Deputy Director General Archie Gamboa, the chief directoral staff (TCDS) and chair of the National Headquarters-Bids and Awards Committee (NHQ-BAC), the PNP was able to attain 98.81 percent absorptive capacity for CY 2017 CEP and 92 percent for the regular P2 billion for CY 2018 CEP.
The PNP’s 10-year Capability Enhancement Program puts emphasis on the acquisition and upgrading of its move, shoot, communicate and investigate capability that will boost the operational and administrative readiness of the police force.