Santa Cruz, Laguna: Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd turned over 24 multi-purpose patrol jeeps for the Laguna Provincial Police on Friday.
The patrol jeeps are part of the 1,470 vehicles recently purchased by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and are being distributed to various municipal police stations in the country.
Roxas had earlier turned over 31 patrol vehicles in Batangas.
According to Roxas, these patrol jeeps can be used for anti-criminality operations as well as medical emergency and disaster response.
The vehicles were purchased from India-based Mahindra Co., which secured a P1.317 billion deal to supply the PNP with 1,470 units of 4×2 patrol cars.
The patrol jeeps, bought from JV Auto Circulo Corporation and KIA Motors Las Piñas, is a P397.95 million deal. Each of the patrol jeeps were bought for P1.895 million.
Roxas assured all local executives present that all municipalities will receive a patrol jeep regardless of political affiliation. He said that the recipients were all municipal police stations, which were prioritized as they cannot easily afford to buy such patrol vehicles.
The procurement of new patrol jeeps is a significant part of Oplan Lambat-Sibat, an anti-crime campaign.