Azurin PNP chief, General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. (2nd from left) examines one of more than 13,000 brand-new guns procured by the PNP to improve their firepower further. The guns are part of the P969 million worth of weapons, vehicles, and other equipment bought by the police. Also in the photo are PNP Director for Logistics, Maj. Gen. Ronaldo E. Olay (2nd from right), and PNP Director for Comptrollership, Maj. Gen. Jesus D. Cambay Jr. (rightmost).

PNP acquires new equipment worth P969M

August 27, 2022 Alfred P. Dalizon 668 views

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has further beefed up its “move, shoot, communicate and investigate” capabilities after unveiling on Friday the latest acquisition, which is P969 million worth of brand-new equipment.

According to PNP Chief General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr., the new motor vehicles, weapons, and other equipment will further enhance their operational readiness and capability as he led their presentation and blessing at Camp Crame.

“As we continue to mobilize our police units through operational plans, strategic measures, and other crime prevention and solution initiatives, I would like to note that it is also important to continuously upgrade our equipment to further strengthen our anti-criminality campaign and other field operation strategies against illegal drugs, criminality, insurgency, and terrorism,” Azurin said as he led the unveiling of the equipment along with PNP Director for Logistics, Maj. Gen. Ronaldo E. Olay and PNP Director for Comptrollership, Maj. Gen. Jesus D. Cambay Jr.

The top cop explained that the newly-procured logistics were sourced from fund allotments under their Capability Enhancement Programs (CEPs) 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, Congress-Introduced Initiative Appropriation Fiscal Year 2021, and Trust Receipt 2018 worth P969,904,051.40.

The equipment includes ten units of 4×2 patrol jeeps, 36 units of 4×4 personnel carriers, 8,358 units of 9mm Striker Fired Pistol, 8,500 units of caliber 5.56mm basic assault rifle, 34 units of 7.62mm light machine guns, 4,900 units of 5.56mm basic assault rifle, 884 units of tablet computer, and 2,005 units of an enhanced combat helmet.

Azurin said that new vehicles and tablet computers would be distributed to different municipal police stations across the country while the firearms would be issued to PNP recruits, PNP Academy (PNPA) cadets, the PNP Maritime Group, and their different regional mobile forces and battalions.

The PNP top cop said that by boosting the national police force’s operational readiness, they will be fully able to immensely improve the performance of all their units across the country, particularly in keeping peace and order.

“Ang mga sasakyan at kagamitang ito ay napakalaking tulong sa ating mga police station upang mas lalo pa silang maging epektibo sa pagtupad sa kanilang tungkulin para sa mas maayos at mabilis na paghahatid ng serbisyo at pangangailangang pangseguridad ng ating mga kababayan,” Azurin said.