The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P2.86 billion to the country’s police force to cover repair and maintenance expenses and the procurement of mission-essential equipment for mobility, firepower, communication, and investigation.
In a statement, the DBM said the fund was released to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the Philippine National Police (PNP) Operational Transformation Plan for fiscal year 2013.
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said P2.5 billion will go to the purchase of 1,000 patrol jeeps, 13,597 long firearms, and 4,997 mobile radios.
It will also fund the improvement of the Firearms Identification System (FIS).
P344 million will cover minor repairs and the repainting of 810 of the most dilapidated police stations, as well as fund the procurement of M4 magazines and kits for PNP maneuver units.
Abad noted that P655 million will be released for the hiring of 7,439 Non-Uniformed Personnel (NUPs), who will be assigned to regional offices for administrative work.
“By increasing the number of staff in our regional offices, our policemen won’t have to preoccupy themselves with administrative matters. Instead, they can focus on mobilizing their forces more effectively so they can respond more quickly to emergencies and improve their visibility in their assigned areas,” Abad said.
MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO