By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1, Ilocos Norte
LAOAG CITY – The Department of Interior and Local Government has turned over some 21 units of new Mahindra Patrol Jeeps to various police stations in the province to beef up the local government’s anti-crime program.
The patrol jeeps were part of the 40 vehicles that Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento turned over at the Philippine National Police regional office in San Fernando City, La Union.
Senior Supt. Albert Ocon, Ilocos Norte police director, said the other 19 units of patrol vehicles were given to the police stations in La Union.
During the turn over rites in La Union, Sarmiento said the patrol jeeps will result in a more responsive anti-crime program.
He said the PNP has an additional procurement of some 16,000 side firearms and a programmed purchase of long firearms amounting to P2.1 billion.
“Aside from vehicles we will also provide communication equipment to our policemen amounting to more than P800 million. It is also in our plan to purchase vests for our police,” Sarmiento said.
Chief Supt. Ericson T. Velasquez, the acting regional police director in the Ilocos, said the patrol jeeps will enhance the PNP’s capability against criminalities. (With reports from PPO, Ilocos Norte)