PNP acquires P1.8-B equipments

PNP acquires P1.8-B equipments

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has reasons to be happy these days and the Duterte administration made sure there will be no part II of the Mahindra scam that happen under the Aquino administration.
The PNP has just acquired a P1.8 billion worth of equipment which includes helicopters, motorcycles, pistols, and bomb-sniffing dogs.
The new vehicles and equipment are 2 new single engine Airbus helicopters, 107 units of patrol jeeps, 349 motorcycles, 9,000 short firearms, 42 light machine guns, 3,045 bullet-proof vests, and 124 handheld radios.

1 of the 9 expected helis for the PNP (photo credit to owner)

The PNP also acquired 48 new bomb-sniffing dogs.
PNP chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde, was the guest of honor and witnessed the blessing of the equipment in a turn-over ceremony at the National Capital Regional Police Office headquarters at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City
“The PNP Capability Enhancement Program aims to provide for and enhance the basic operational requirements of every PNP unit especially the municipal and city police stations, regional public safety battalions, provincial public safety companies and national support units,” Albayalde told reporters.
The helicopters will be assigned to the PNP Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) to support internal security, law enforcement and public safety operations in the Visayas and Mindanao.
He said the PNP are still expecting the arrival of four more newly-procured helicopters in June and October while another three will be delivered next year.
Albayalde said the PNP aims to provide a helicopter in each Police regional office, which is also the wish of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
PNP chief said the combat helmets, tactical radios, body armor, side arms, motorcycles and patrol vehicles would fill-up existing shortages among the line units within the PNP.
The PNP Maritime Group will be the recipient of the light machine guns which will be used for their newly acquired fleet of high-speed tactical watercraft for police maritime patrol operations in the coastal areas.
The PNP chief said by the end of 2019, all PNP personnel would have their own issued short firearms.
All the new equipment will be sent to the different PNP offices

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Report from PNA

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