The Philippine National Police Eastern Visayas regional office in Palo, Leyte. (File photo)
TACLOBAN CITY -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Eastern Visayas is proposing at least PHP1.35 billion budget in 2020 to buy new helicopters to boost its law enforcement operational capability.
PNP Regional Director, Police Brig. Gen. Dionardo Carlos, told the members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) on Friday that a helicopter will cost about PHP450 million each.
“With the kind of terrain that we have in the region, we need Agusta A109 helicopters. During operations, the chopper will serve as a communication link. It will help a lot in saving the lives of our troops as this will be used during emergency situations,” Carlos added during the 2020 budget proposal presentation.
The PNP’s air asset will bolster the operational capability of the police in fighting criminality, terrorism, and response to emergencies that require air-ground operations.
Currently, the PNP regional office here, with more than 9,000 personnel in six provinces, has no air asset, Carlos said.
Part of the proposed project is the setting up of air stations at the regional office and some police headquarters in the provinces.
The RDC-Development Administration Committee endorsed the proposal along with PHP510.88 million worth of projects of the police regional office lined up for 2020.
Among the priority activities next year include the construction of PNP buildings, new police station buildings, covered courts, motor pools, and sea craft acquisition.
“The proposed projects are implementation ready with architectural designs, programs of work and lot of donations from local government units,” Carlos said.
These projects are meant to complement the enhancement of peacekeeping efforts articulated in the regional development plan and strong drive in eradicating illegal drugs. (PNA)