Albayalde said as police operations will be intensified against supply of illegal drugs and organized crimes, it entails corresponding upgrade of resources to cope with the additional functions with the total amount of Php 1,134,388,799.98 allotted for sea and air assets.
Specifically, the PNP Bids and Awards Committee has approved the procurement of 28 units of high-speed tactical watercraft amounting Php 336,000,000 of which seven (7) of these units had been delivered and are currently in-service.
Eighteen (18) more units of similar high-speed tactical watercraft are programmed under the 2019 procurement program as additional equipment for maritime operations, police visibility in the shorelines, and maritime law enforcement and public safety operations.
At present, the PNP fleet of watercraft includes 107 police rubber boats, 19 coastal craft, 25 fast boats, four (4) speed boats, and 10 gunboats or dauntless boats being used by 17 Regional Maritime Units, three (3) Maritime Special Operations Units, and other police maritime stations nationwide.
In support of seaborne maritime patrol operations, the PNP is also adding five (5) more single-engine turbine and training helicopters with the total price of Php 798,388,799.98 to its fleet that is expected to be delivered in August 2019 to bolster anti-terrorism operations and air support to maritime patrol operations in high seas.
The PNP Chief emphasized that the newly-acquired police equipment will steer and enhance operational capability during seaborne and airborne police operations in line with the flagship campaign of the national government against terrorism, illegal drugs, and criminality.
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