Tuesday, August 03, 2021

P116M for cars, guns, jackets

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) is asking the City Government for P116.2 million to help them prepare for two international activities in the next few months and to maintain peace and order.

The amount will be used to buy 120 cars and motorcycles totaling about P101.2 million and more than P15 million worth of equipment.

“The CCPO is in dire need of support from the local government unit since the equipment being issued by the Philippine National Police national office is very minimal and not able to cope with the logistical requirements of this police office,” said CCPO officer-in-charge Marciano Batiancela Jr.

He said the equipment and mobility of the city’s police force will be “very important” in preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit.

In a letter he sent to Mayor Michael Rama dated March 10, Batiancela said they need 50 bullet-proof helmets (P1 million at P20,000 per unit) and 50 bullet-proof jackets (P2 million at P40,000 per unit) for the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) team and the Motorcycle Riding Unit (MRU).

They also need 50 M16 rifles (P7.5 million at P150,000 each) for the use of the SWAT and the MRU, and P50 bullet-proof jackets for the Mobile Patrol Group (MPG).

As for ammunition, Batiancela said the CCPO needs 60,000 9mm ammunitions worth P1.32 million (at P22 each) and another 50,000 units of 5.56mm ammunitions for P1.45 million (P29 each).

Lastly, he said, they need one reloading machine.

As for the vehicles, Batiancela in a separate letter to the mayor dated March 26 that they need 30 multi-purpose vehicles for the MPG. This would cost the City P45 million at P1.5 million per vehicle.

They are also in need of 50 motorcycles for the SWAT, amounting to P14.5 million (at 290,000 each) as well as two units of 4x4 SUVs.

Aside from these, Batiancela said they need 30 motorcycles for the Traffic Patrol Group (P18 million at P600,000 each) and five units 4x4 SUVs (P11.5 million or P2.3 million each) for Police Stations 4, 7, 8 and 9, and for the City Public Safety Company.

They also need three sedans (P6.6 million at P2.2 million each) for the police assigned to the South Road Properties.

Asked about the CCPO’s requests, Councilor Dave Tumulak, chairperson of the City’s Peace and Order Program, said they will still review all the items and confirm whether these can be charged to the P400.5-million budget of the City this year for peace and order.

He pointed out that under the P400.5 million, there was a P108-million approved budget for motor vehicles and P28 million for police equipment.

Tan-awon sa nato (We will see),” he said.

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