Efforts are underway to modernize and further equip the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the entire country.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento made this announcement during his visit here on Wednesday, citing among the new equipment to be purchased are handheld radio transceivers, side arms, rifles and construction of new police stations as well as crime laboratories.
Sarmiento was here as he turned over 42 “Mahindra” vehicles worth PhP37.5 million to the Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9).
Sarmiento said the agency has allocated PhP800 million for the purchase of communications equipment to ensure all patrolling policemen are equipped with handheld radio transceivers.
“We want that every patroller will have a radio with him or her in order to swiftly call for backup as the need arises,” Sarmiento said.
He said the DILG is set to procure 15,000 handguns to be issued to the new police officers and 30,000 M4 rifles to replace the M-16 Armalite rifles.
“We are going to replace the M16s with M4s,” he added.
He said they will hire 10,000 new policemen and will construct new police stations as well as crime laboratories.
“These will be done to better equip the police in responding to the needs of the public.