The Philippine National Police (PNP) has acquired fresh vehicles, equipment and bomb-sniffing dogs to beef up the capabilities of its operating units. The acquisition is worth PHP 1.8 billion (USD 34.5 million) and was part of the PNP’s capability enhancement program from 2016 to 2019 which the current administration earmarked to be at PHP 21.1 billion (USD 403.9 million) in total.
According to the Chief of the PNP, the 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.
A total of 23,801 pieces of equipment were received by the police forces which include, two single Airbus H125 helicopters which will go to the Special Action Force (SAF) to support internal security and the law enforcement and public safety operations of police forces in the Visayas and Mindanao, 107 units Patrol Jeep 4×2 single cab, 349 125cc motorcycles, 5,000 Striker Fired 9mm pistols, 4,000 Striker Fired 9mm pistols, 42 7.62mm MG3 light machine guns, 3,045 waistcoat vests level 3A with upgrade plate Level IV, 11,084 enhanced combat helmets, 124 units of tactical radio and 48 Explosive Detection Dogs (EDDs).
The PNP are expecting the arrival of four more new helicopters in June and October this year, while another three will be coming next year. These helicopters will be given to each police regional office. The light machine guns, meanwhile, will be used by the Maritime Group to arm its newly-acquired fleet of high-speed tactical watercraft for police maritime patrol operations in the coastal areas.
(Source: Sunstar Manila; The Philippine Star; Philippine News Agency)