ILOILO City – The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) received 42 brand new motorcycles and five 5.56-millimeter light machine guns from the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) national headquarters.
“The high-powered firearms and motorcycles should help us respond quickly to requests for police assistance,” according to PRO-6 spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong during the turnover on Nov. 11 in Camp Delgado, the PRO-6 headquarters here.
The motorcycles would be released to provinces and municipalities that have police mobility issues.
The light machine guns, on the other hand, would be for mobile police units and police stations in rebel-threatened areas.
The motorcycles and machines were worth over P3 million.
For next year, the PRO-6 expects more firearms, patrol cars and motorcycles from the national police headquarters as the PNP steps up its capability enhancement program, said Malong.
For new police recruits currently undergoing training in Bacolod City, Malong said, the national headquarters would be procuring short and long firearms
In August this year, around 400 all-male police recruits took their oath as members of the PNP.
After their six-month training, they would be assigned to the Mobile Force Battalion with others posted in municipal mobile forces.
“We need to strengthen our mobile forces. They are augmentation forces ready to bolster municipal police stations,” said Malong./PN