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PNP seeks upgrade of communications

July 9, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 424 views

THE Philippine National Police headed by General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. on Friday signed a memorandum of agreement with a private company to help improve the force’s ICT infrastructure nationwide.

The top cop and Philippine Fiber Optic Cabling Network Ltd or PFOCN led by Hendrick Huang signed the agreement which initially aims to have a plan to interconnect the PNP National Headquarters and selected PNP units using fast, secure, reliable, and resilient data communications.

The objective of the collaboration is to explore the use of fiber optic and other technologies as potential solutions to meet the PNP’s need for an improved Information and Communications Technological (ICT) infrastructure.

This infrastructure will interconnect the PNP National Headquarters with its regional, provincial, down to municipal police offices, enabling efficient and seamless communication across all levels of the PNP organization, the PNP chief said.

Gen. Acorda expressed his gratitude to PFOCN for their commitment to help the PNP enhance its ICT infrastructure. He emphasized the importance of fast, secure, reliable, and resilient data communications in the PNP’s daily operations and applauded PFOCN’s willingness to collaborate on this proof of concept.

“I am confident that this partnership with PFCON will open up new horizons for the PNP to witness firsthand the advantages of fiber optic networks in terms of enhanced speed, reliability, and security of our communication systems,” Gen. Acorda said

The official also said that they recognize the significance of information and communication technology in advancing law enforcement capabilities and has made ICT development one of their top priorities under his Five-Focused Agenda.

“We are hopeful that this undertaking will contribute significantly to our efforts to modernize the PNP and align ourselves with the global standards of law enforcement,” he explained.

The MOA signing was witnessed by key officials of the PNP Directorate for Information Communications Technology headed by Major Gen. Bernard M. Banac and PFOCN deputy managing director Mr. Wang Jianhong.

According to Maj. Gen. Banac, they look forward to a positive outcome of the proof of concept which will provide valuable insights into the potential benefits and feasibility of utilizing fiber optic and other technologies in the PNP’s information and communications systems.