The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday received 78 news vehicles donated by the US embassy in Manila for the use of police units in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas
Thirty motorycles and 48 other vehicles were received by Deputy Director General Leonardo Espi–na, the PNP deputy chief for operations, and Director Gil Histosis, the chief of the Directorate for Logistics in ceremonies in Camp Crame.
On the other hand, 28 of 110 units of Altis patrol cars and 20 of 59 units of 650cc motorcycles sourced from CEP 2013 and 19 units sourced from CEP 2012 for the PNP regular procurement from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation funds acquired by the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management to address the mobility requirements for the World Economic Forum and the Aseanapol Conference to be hosted by the PNP on May 12-16, 2014 have been delivered.
Espina said “the cooperation and support of the US government to the Philippines is a big boost to the capability-building of the whole organization in our bid to provide a peaceful and secure community.”
Typhoon Yolanda, known internationally as Typhoon Haiyan, was a powerful tropical typhoon that devastated Eastern Visayas on November 8, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing thousands of people in that region. Yolanda is also the strongest storm recorded to make landfall.
The PNP said six policemen died and 15 were injured in Region 8, and a total of 6,271 personnel were affected. Fourteen dependents of PNP personnel were also among those killed in the typhoon.