PNP_PRO1 News Release: 11-15-05
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CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO- The Region 1 police is further beefing up its mobility after the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mel Senen S. Sarmiento completely turned-over the 40 units of Mahindra Patrol Jeeps to the police stations of Ilocos Norte and La Union on Thursday (November 26) in a ceremonial turn-over held at Police Regional Office 1(PRO1) Grandstand.

The DILG Secretary awarded 21 patrol jeeps for the municipal police stations of Ilocos Norte and 19 for La Union municipal police stations and duly received by their respective Chiefs of Police (COPs) and Local Chief Executives (LCEs).

Secretary Sarmiento in his message said that with the brand new patrol jeeps, the Ilocos Norte and La Union police will be better equipped and more responsive in its anti-crime program as well as in carrying out the “Lambat-Sibat”.

Sec. Sarmineto also announced the additional procurement of around 16,000 side firearms and a programmed purchase of long firearms amounting to 2.1 billion pesos.

“Aside from vehicles we will also provide communication equipment to our policemen amounting to more than 800 million pesos and it is also in our plan to purchase vests for our police,” the DILG Secretary added.

Meanwhile, Police Chief Superintendent Ericson T. Velasquez, Acting Regional Director of PRO1, expressed gratitude to the SILG for the patrol jeeps and for spearheading the capability enhance program for the PNP.

“Surely, the new vehicles will enhance the mobile capability and substantial police presence of our police units in responding to emergencies and in support to administrative and operational requirements,” PCSupt. Velasquez added.

At present, the Region 1 police received a total of 116 Mahindra patrol jeeps with the breakdown as follows: Pangasinan -44; La Union -19; Ilocos Sur 32; and Ilocos Norte 21.

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