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PNP maps out modernization plans for 2011

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) directorate for comptrollership has laid out reform and modernization programs aimed at ensuring quality police service and boosting the morale of the 137,000-strong organization.

Director Rey Lanada, chief of the PNP’s directorate for comptrollership, said that part of the modernization program of the PNP is the acquisition of P2 billion worth of new equipment.

Lanada said the modernization of the PNP was assured by no less than the commander in chief, President Benigno Aquino III.

He said the modernization program of the 137,000-strong PNP "will provide police the necessary equipment needed for operations."

According to Lanada, the budget of the PNP this year is P69.4 billion, compared to P49.9 billion in 2010. Of the budget, P2 billion will be allotted to buy new equipment and P221 million will fund the recruitment of 3,000 new police officers.

Another P100 million will be used to build new police stations all over the country, Lanada said.

In the past several years, more than 90 percent of the PNP’s budget went to salaries and allowances of its personnel while only eight percent was for operating expenses and less than one percent for capital outlay.

Lanada said that the increase in the budget will ensure that reforms will be implemented.

Among those considered for acquisition are land vehicles, aircraft and watercraft to improve its operations especially the anti-criminal programs and even humanitarian missions.

Aside from modern equipment, the PNP also needs about 10,000 new policemen every year to ensure heightened police visibility and operation. (PNA/PIA9-BST)




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