PNP boosts capability with acquisition of P694-M worth of new equipment; $6.6M Korean donation

PNP boosts capability with acquisition of P694-M worth of new equipment; $6.6M Korean donation




Things are really looking up for the 192,000 strong Philippine National Police(PNP).

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde, was the guest speaker when the presentation and blessing of the P694-million worth of newly-acquired police equipment that are expected to fortify the operational capability of the PNP and the ceremonial turnover of forensic kits from the Korean government.

Albayalde said , the National Headquarters Bids and Awards Committee (NHQ BAC) headed by Deputy Director General Archie Gamboa successfully procured assorted firepower mobility and force protection equipment with a total contract price of P694,908,780.

The presentation and blessing of the P694-million worth of newly-acquired police equipment that are expected to fortify the operational capability of the 192,000-strong PNP and the ceremonial turnover of forensic kits from the Korean government. (photo credit to flying kechup)


Among the modern equipment purchased by the PNP are 11,245 units of Undershirt bullet proof vest level IIIA; 4,169 units of waistcoat vest level IIA with tow plates level IV; 133 units of high frequency/single sideband manpack; 700 units of rotary blade/propelled wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drones; 20 units of mini bus and 2,000 units of Taurus TS9 striker fired pistol.

“The acquisition of the basic equipment intensifies the operational readiness and police visibility of the PNP towards achieving a more capable, effective and credible police force in line with the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to accomplish the mission and functions of the organization,” Albayalde said.

The bullet proof vest will be distributed to the Police Regional Offices (PROs) and National Support Units (NSUs) across the country for their capability enhancement on internal security operations’ equipage, according to the PNP Chief.
The new pistols will be given to the PNP recruits while the PROs and Logistics Support Service (LSS) will receive the mini buses for general dispatch purposes.
“The said newly-procured items will strengthen the fulfillment of duty of the PNP personnel in maintaining the peace and order in the communities through the conduct of anti-criminality police operations especially in the fight against illegal drugs and terrorism,” Albayalde noted.
The PNP Chief also personally received 120 donated units of forensic kits.
Said forensic kits were handed to Albayalde by Director General Park Hwa Jin of the Foreign Affairs Bureau, Korean National Police; and H.E. Dong-Man Han, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines.
The forensic kits will be distributed to the Crime Laboratory at the PNP NHQ as well as to the district and regional offices, Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG), Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Women and Children Protection Center (WCPC), and Korean Help Desks.
The donation was made possible when both the Philippines (through the Department of Foreign Affairs) and Kores initiated an  “Exchange of Note Verbale”
After the exchange of the verbal note, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) then granted a donation to the PNP worth US$6.6 million through the signing of the Records of Discussion by the Ambassador of Korea to the Philippines and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The implementation of the project includes the provision of equipment such as patrol cars, motorbikes and forensic kits.
Last May 29, 2018, the Korean government turned over to the PNP 130 units of patrol cars consisting of 49 units of Hyundai Elantra and 81 units of Starex Van.

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