Loren Legarda and Ralph Recto have agreed to increase the equipment budget of the Philippine National Police (PNP) by P5 billion next year to further improve its anti-crime programs.
Recto made the proposal to raise the PNP’s equipment budget during the Senate plenary debates on the 2017 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) last Friday night.
Legarda, chairperson of the Senate finance committee, accepted Recto’s suggestion.
Recto said the P5 billion augmentation would allow the PNP to construct 80 police stations at a total cost of P425 million, and 47 provincial offices costing P493 million.
He said the additional budget will allow policemen “to meet its guarantee of a 15-minute maximum response time to all distress calls in urban areas.”
The P5 billion additional fund for PNP logistical modernization will be lodged in the P67.5 billion Unprogrammed Fund in the P3.3 trillion 2017 national budget.
Recto said the Senate moved to hike the PNP’s capital outlays (CO) after noticing that it will be cut from P3.82 billion this year to P3.37 billion next year, or by P500 million, “which could slow down its momentum in battling crime.”
Under its proposal, the PNP plans to buy 256 motorcycles, 132 personnel carriers, 136 light transport vehicles, 229 patrol boats, 283 satellite phones and P2-billion worth of anti-terrorism equipment.
The PNP also said it would need P45 million for the titling of donated lots.