PNP acquires 210 multi-role patrol jeeps

The Philippine National Police (PNP) now has 210 brand new, multi-role patrol jeeps that will be used for law enforcement and disaster response operations. Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Roxas led the blessing of the jeeps at Camp Crame this morning. He said the vehicles will be used to support the PNP units’ troop movement/deployment and other special operations such as civil assistance during civic actions, relief and SAR operation, Internal Security Operation (ISO) and other related activities. They will be issued to all PNP Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB), Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC), City Public Safety Company (CPSC), National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) District Public Safety Company (DPSC), Special Action Force (SAF), Maritime Group, and NCRPO District Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). He emphasized that procurement of the vehicles was done “nang walang kontrobersiya, walang issue [no controversy, no issues],” adding that the original budget for the procurement was pegged at almost P476 million. After bidding, the contract price was reduced to P397,950,000, generating almost P78 million in savings. “Kabahagi ito ng Daang Matuwid kung saan tama ang paggastos ng pamahalaan at ng mga ahensiya nito [This is part of the Daang Matuwid, where the government and its agencies spend wisely],” he added. For his part, PNP-OIC Deputy Dir. Gen. Leonardo Espina thanked Roxas for the patrol jeeps. He said when Roxas was appointed Secretary of DILG, “Ito ay time na bumuhos ang suporta ninyo sa PNP. [This was the time when support to the PNP overflowed].” The 210 patrol jeeps are in addition to the 1,470 light patrol jeeps purchased by the PNP to be distributed to each municipality nationwide, “Anuman ang chaleco. Lahat ng kababayan natin may karapatan magkaroon ng patrol jeep. [Whatever the chaleco. All our countrymen deserve to have a patrol jeep].”

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