Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II distributed P20 million worth of hand-held radios to Negros Occidental policemen at Camp Alfredo Montelibano in Bacolod City yesterday to help them improve their services to the public.
Roxas said the 998 units of hand held radios, each worth P20,000 are part of the 12,300 radio package earlier purchased by the DILG for policemen nationwide.
He said having hand-held radios is essential, especially for policemen on patrol operation, as they could immediately communicate with their colleagues during untoward incidents.
Roxas said the radios are of high-quality but the policemen need to take care of them so they will not be destroyed, so training on how to use them will be conducted soon.
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella thanked the DILG for the hand-held radios.
Marañon and Puentevella said the equipment will help the policemen in Negros Occidental to be more efficient and quick in responding to calls for help.
Aside from the hand held radios, the PNP, through DILG, will also buy 75,000 units of 9-milimeter Glock pistols and 23,000 M-4 rifles to be distributed to policemen throughout the country.
Roxas said this means policemen will no longer have to wait for their retired colleagues to hand in their service firearms, or acquire loan to buy guns.
PNP and DILG will also acquire 2,000 patrol jeeps to be distributed to 1,400 towns in the Philippines, to address the lack of patrol vehicles, he said.
Meanwhile, the PNP is hiring 18,000 new policemen this year and will employ 10,000 non-uniformed personnel to fill the clerical and administrative jobs so all policemen can be assigned to patrol operations.
Roxas said there is no more need for political “back-ups” this time as the selection of new PNP personnel, both uniformed and non-uniformed, will be based on the credentials of the applicants.
After the distribution of the hand-held radios, Roxas visited PO3 Alfie Bungo of E.B. Magalona police station, who is confined at the Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital for gunshot wounds he sustained during a gunfight with suspected robbers in the town last week.
Roxas conferred the “Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting” to Bungo and assured his family of financial help.*APN