INTERIOR Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd has announced ongoing efforts of the national government to modernize local police in the provinces through procurement of more patrol jeeps, communication equipment and weapons.
Roxas made the announcement during distribution of more multi-purpose patrol jeeps to several towns of Misamis Oriental province in southern Philippines held at Camp Vicente Alagar last week.
Under his watch, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has purchased 1,490 patrol jeeps that are now being handed over to municipalities across the country.
The Interior secretary also announced ongoing procurement of weapons and firearms for police officers stationed in rural areas.
A total of 74,879 modern sidearms and 30,253 basic rifles will be issued to rural frontline units nationwide, increasing operational preparedness of local policemen by 93 percent.
Communication between officers and field units will also be enhanced by a hundred percent through distribution of 29,914 radio units.
The modernization of the PNP and the provision of modern equipment are part of Oplan (Operation Plan) Lambat-Sibat, an intensified anti-criminality campaign that employs deliberate and sustained approach to solving crimes.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd had instructed Roxas to lead the campaign in order for every Filipino family to live in a safer community.