Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the amount will cover the purchase of 218,790 firearms worth P1.04 billion and 945 motorcycles and vehicles worth P944.5 million.
The funding for the PNP’s Operational Transformation plan (OTP) will be charged against the P22.47-billion supplemental budget for 2014, where it is the biggest allocation out of 26 items.
It is one of 10 projects in the supplemental budget that were supposed to be funded through the Disbursement Acceleration Program before it was stopped by the Supreme Court for being unconstitutional.
“We recognize that inclusive development would require a safe and secure environment where all Filipinos can benefit from the country’s economic growth,” Abad said.
“That’s why one of the priority projects funded by the 2014 supplemental budget was a program that would improve the capability of our country’s law-enforcement agency,” he added.
Aside from new firearms and vehicles, the budget will also cover upgrades in the PNP’s communication and firearms identification systems.
“Despite the challenges facing the PNP, the national government fully supports the police force in fulfilling their mandate to prevent crime and maintain peace and order,” Abad said.
“In doing so, we place value not only on the PNP as an organization but also on the service and sacrifice of our valiant and fearless policemen,” he added.
Lodged under the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the PNP received a total appropriation of P70 billion in the 2015 national budget.
This year, the government was programmed to spend P2.606-trillion, 15.1 percent higher than the previous year’s budget.
(PHOTO) MDT Armor's Tiger Mk.II Medium Armored Tactical Vehicle was seen at the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame, Quezon City Philippines.
MDT Armor's Tiger Mk.II Medium Armored Tactical Vehicle was seen at the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame, Quezon City Philippines. (c) Spectec Trading Ltd