Huge budget needed for reforms in PNP

A RANKING officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is advocating major reforms that include the comprehensive modernization program to ensure quality service to regain the public’s trust and confidence.

Director Rey Lanada, chief of the PNP directorate for comptrollership, said modernization for the police involves P2 billion worth of purchase of new equipment for the PNP included in the President’s budget this year.

Lanada said President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III assured the PNP’s modernization before the P1.645 trillion budget for 2011 was approved last year.

He said the modernization program will provide police the necessary equipment needed for operations.

The budget of the PNP this year is P69.4 billion, compared to P49.9 billion in 2010.

Of the budget, P2 billion will be allotted to buy new equipment and P221 million will fund the recruitment of 3,000 new police officers, another P100 million will be used to build new police stations all over the country, Lanada said.

In the past several years, more than 90 percent of the PNP’s budget went to salaries and allowances of its personnel while only 8 percent was for operating expenses and less than 1 percent for capital outlay.

“The increase in the budget will ensure that reforms (in the PNP) will be implemented,” Lanada said.

The PNP said it needs land vehicles, aircraft and watercraft to improve its operations especially the anti-criminal programs.

It said it needs about 10,000 new policemen every year to ensure heightened police visibility and operation.  Anthony Vargas

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