• P3B from DAP failed to curb crime surge

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    Despite receiving more than P3 billion from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), the Philippine National Police (PNP) has failed to resolve the dismal peace and order situation of the country.

    According to documents from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the PNP is the recipient of allocations from the DAP intended for the hiring of new personnel, procurement of additional equipment including patrol cars and firearms, construction of new police stations, and upgrading of capabilities.

    The allocations include P128.2 million for the construction of 20 new police stations and the first tranche of releases intended for the hiring of non-uniformed personnel amounting to P860.7 million.

    The biggest DAP allocation received by the PNP was reserved for the modernization program of the agency amounting to P2 billion, which is listed under item 111 of the DBM document.

    The cited allocation was intended to augment the capability enhancement program of the PNP which involves the improvement of mobility, procurement of firearms and communication devices, and repair and rehabilitation of police stations.

    Moreover, the said allotment is apparently the first tranche in a supposed series of allocations.

    Since the Supreme Court recently declared several provisions of the DAP unconstitutional, however, the PNP will not be able to get the funds from the next allocation tranches.

    Another huge allocation was listed under item 57 of the DBM document amounting to P115.556 million for the implementation of the P1,000 per capita/personnel for every police station pursuant to Special Provision No. 8 of the 2011 General Appropriations Act.

    In item 50, moreover, P8.722 million was earmarked for the construction of the PNP Crisis Action Force Building in Camp Crame “to address various crisis situations.”

    An allocation of P45 million, meanwhile, was allotted to the Department of Public Works and Highways for the construction of the PNP Maritime Group Training Facility in Mabini, Batangas intended to “enhance the rescue capabilities of the police force.”

    The P3-billion DAP allocation given by the executive department to the Department of Interior and Local Government, which has jurisdiction over the PNP, is on top of the annual budget received by the police force in 2013 amounting to P72 billion.

    However, despite of the hefty additional allocation to the PNP from DAP, the peace and order situation in the country continues to worsen based on the number and gravity of crime incidents reported daily.

    Because of this, the current PNP leadership under Director General Alan Purisima has faced persistent criticism.

    The unabated crime surge prompted Senator Grace Poe to file a Senate resolution calling for a probe on the worsening peace and order situation of the country in a bid to craft short-term and long-term plans and policies on crime prevention.

    “It is not unknown to the entire country that most of these crimes remain unresolved and most of the culprits remain unknown or at large,” said Poe, who chairs the senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs.

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