Cordillera cops receive more guns-A A +A
Monday, September 9, 2013
CAMP BADO Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet -- The Police Regional Office here distributed 731 Glock 17 pistols, 20,468 ammunition, and 2,193 magazines to police officers 1 to 3 in the region.
The distribution aims to enhance the capability of the Police Regional Office – Cordillera (Procor) force and to improve crime prevention and security region wide.
The cops who received the guns are assigned in the field units and had undergone the Glock 17 proficiency firing. The personnel given priority to be issued with firearms are also those assigned in the capital towns and tourist spots and passed the marksmanship tests and glock proficiency firing as part of the requirements.
The firearms were turned over to Procor at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Multipurpose Hall, Camp Crame, Quezon City during a turn-over ceremony of the first two tranches led by President Benigno Aquino III together with Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP Chief Alan Purisima on July 2.
Procor distributed the firearms in the provinces and cities of Cordillera. The Abra provincial police office (PPO) received 33; Apayao PPO received 109; Baguio City police office received 200; Benguet PPO received 111; Ifugao received 118; Kalinga received 73; and Mt. Province PPO received 87 firearms.
The Cordillera police office now has 79 percentage issued firearms based on the 3,834 personnel strength.
However, a total of 813 firearms are still needed to be able to meet the 100 percent firearm to every policeman in the region. There are 439 additional short firearms which will be issued to Procor from the National Headquarters.
Procor Regional Director PCSUPT Benjamin Magalong said the purchase of short firearms is only the beginning of more upgrades and capacity building for the PNP as there are more equipment the PNP need to improve such as on mobility and communication.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 09, 2013.