Manila – The government is alloting P9 billion for the Philippine National Police’s “transformational plan” from 2013 to 2016, President Aquino said during the ceremonial distribution of newly acquired pistols to PNP personnel. The President said the plan will involve upgrading the capabilities and equipment of the national police force, as well as address its lack of manpower. He said the PNP will be hiring 15,000 non-uniformed personnel to allow uniformed police doing administrative work to go to the front lines.
Sa halip na maghapong nakaposte sa mga presinto’t opisina ang ating mga pulis, magsisilbi silang karagdagang puwersa sa pagbabantay sa mga komunidad,” Aquino said. Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said it will address the shortage of PNP personnel. “Inaprubahan ng Pangulo ‘yung pagtugon sa pangangailangan ‘nung PNP. Unang-una, ‘yung kakulangan sa personnel, ano. Iniutos ng Pangulo na isang mabilis na paraan ay mag-hire ng civilian na personnel at sila ang gagawa ng trabaho ng mga (nasa) desk na sa kasalukuyan ay pulis ang gumagawa,” Roxas told reporters.
The plan also involves the purchase of 13,000 units of M-4 rifles, communication and laboratory equipment. Roxas said the PNP will also conduct a bidding for the purchase of 2,500 patrol cars. New pistols President Aquino handed new pistols to selected PNP personnel in a ceremonial distribution of 22,603 newly acquired Glock 17 pistols in Camp Crame. It is the first tranche of the 74,879 pistols purchased by the PNP in its target to reach a 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio.
The PNP took pride of the savings that it was able to generate in what it described as its most transparent and rigid bidding, allowing it to purchase more pistols at a low price. The market price of the pistol is estimated to be at P40,000 each while the PNP was able to purchase it at P16,569. 94. P1. 2 billion was alloted for the purchase. The complete delivery of the pistols is expected by the first quarter of 2014. In his speech, President Aquino paid tribute to the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, saying it was the latter’s wish to fully equip the national police force. Kung mayroon pong isang tao na tiyak matutuwa sa katuparan ng adhikaing ito para sa kapulisan, ito po ay ang dating Kalihim ng DILG na si Jesse Robredo.
Malinaw sa kaniyang matagal nang pinapasan ng mga pulis ang kalbaryo sa kakulangan ng armas, kaya pinangunahan niya ang paghahanap ng akmang solusyon. Hindi man natin siya kasama ngayong umaga, siguradong ipinagmamalaki niya ang tagumpay nating ito,” Aquino said. Aquino exhorted the PNP to perform well, warning the corrupt of consequences. At the same time, Aquino commended the police force for the lower crime volume recorded in 2012 compared to 2010. Sa mga reporma at tagumpay na ito, inaasahan kong patuloy na pangungunahan ng ating mga alagad ng batas ang pagsupil sa krimen at transaksyunalismo.
Wala nang puwang sa ating kapulisan ang mga nagsisiga-sigaan sa lansangan o padrino pa ng masasamang elemento. Patuloy nating ibabantayog ang dangal at integridad ng inyong hanay; at sa mga hindi pa rin tumitino, sisiguruhin kong preso, na ating pong pinalalawak, ang susunod ninyong destino,” Aquino said. Instant promotions During the program, Aquino lauded two police officers who were able to thwart criminals even without using a handgun.
He told Roxas and PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima to grant promotions to PO2 Edlyn Arbo and PO2 Felipe Moncatar. “Mar at Alan, parang hindi ko napansin doon sa report ng ating dalawang nabanggit na sila ay na-promote. ‘Yong mga ganyang gandang gilas palagay ko naman ay talagang naman yan ang definition ng meritorious promotion, see to it that these two are promoted,” Aquino said, ribbing Arbo to invite Roxas as godfather in case she gets married. “Edlyn, kung hindi ka pa kinakasal, si Mar Roxas puwede mag-ninong. [Laughter],” Aquino said. Aquino challenged PNP personnel to perform even more given their new pistols.