PNP gets nearly P3B-worth of new equipment

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday has acquired more helicopters and other equipment worth a total of P2.88 billion to boost their firepower and mobility.

PNP Chief General Archie Gamboa said during the presentation of the newly-procured equipments that the acquisition is part of the country's police force modernization.

At the forefront of the new assets are two single-engine turbine helicopters worth P225 million—adding to a total of seven helicopters at the disposal of the PNP.

Two of the seven will be sent to Visayas and Mindanao while the rest will remain in the national headquarters in Quezon City.

Other newly-aquired assets include 12 troop pickups worth P1.6 million each, 37 medium troop carriers worth P3.1 million each, 501 combat helmets worth P32 million; the procured assets also include firearms such as 25 light machine guns, 7,700 basic assault rifles, 24,909 pistol, and magazines; bomb equipment such as 3 explosive ordnance division robots, 3,413 undershirt vests, 225 units of night vision goggles, 19,861 ballistic eyewear units, 200 handheld radios, among others.