By Aaron Recuenco
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has been allocated with almost P2 billion to improve its personnel’s operational capability that include firepower and investigative capability.
NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas said the fund has been approved by Congress as part of the NCRPO modernization plan — P1.2 billion came from the Philippine National Police (PNP) budget for 2020 while P700 billion is an allocation of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Sinas said the P1.2 billion from the PNP fund will be used to procure more guns, communication equipment and will also be used to finance various trainings that would improve the investigation skills of Metro Manila policemen.
“We will use the fund to boost the knowledge, morale and welfare of its personnel to cope with the fast-varying complexities of police service,” said Sinas.
The P700 million from the DPWH, on the other hand, will be used for the construction of police facilities at Camp Karingal in Quezon City and Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig. Part of the fund will also be used for the construction of police stations in Pasig City and Manila.
Among those which will be constructed are the multi-purpose building, grandstand and training building of the NCRPO at Camp Bagong Diwa. Classrooms and dormitories will also be funded.
The improvement of operational capability, according to Sinas, also include ensuring air power of the police.
By air power, he was referring to the creation of the Aerial Patrol Unit.
“This project is aimed at upgrading our mobility and patrol capabilities in coordination with the Air Unit of Special Action Force (SAF),” said Sinas.