PNP receives 60-body-worn cameras, office equipment from PSSLAI

PNP receives 60-body-worn cameras, office equipment from PSSLAI

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) received a total of 60 body-worn camera units from the Public Safety Savings Loan Association Inc. (PSSLAI) and other equipment that will boost the operational capability of the police force.

PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar said the donated BWCs will further boost the effort of the PNP leadership to strengthen transparency and accountability of police personnel amid doubts and speculations that hounded the organization in the past few years, especially in the campaign against illegal drugs.

The donated body-worn cameras, according to PGen Eleazar, will be distributed to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Anti-Cyber Crime Group (ACG), Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG), PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG), and PNP Integrity Monitoring Group (IMEG) to strengthen their investigative capability in all their operations and probe of cases.

Aside from the 60 body-worn cameras, the PPSLAI donated one unit of brand-new Toyota Innova, ten computers, 13 printers, 11 scanners, three shredders, and one photocopy machine to the organization.

PGen Eleazar expressed his gratitude to the PSSLAI Board of Trustees and management headed by PSSLAI Chairman and CEO Atty. Lucas M Managuelod for the donation.

“To the PSSLAI Board of Trustees down to their management and personnel, we profoundly express our sincerest gratitude for the kind gestures you provided, and may this social responsibility that you embrace to continue to motivate other people to do the same for the sustainability of our PNP’s programs and projects,” PGen Eleazar said.

It was in June of this year when the PNP launched a body-worn camera system with the distribution of a total of 2,696 BWCs to 171 city police stations and various offices nationwide.

PGen Eleazar, however, said that the PNP needs 30,000 more BWCs to cover all police stations and units of the police organization nationwide.

Amid the challenge of funding to procure more BWCs, PGen Eleazar took the initiative of soliciting BWCS that are compatible with the system that is currently used by the PNP.

“Kasabay nito ang ating matatag na paninindigan sa konsepto ng accountability kung saan mabilis ang ating aksyon sa iilan nating kasamahan na walang disiplina at umabuso sa kapangyarihan na lalo lamang nagkumbinsi sa ating mga kababayan na ang kamalian sa ating hanay ay hindi kinukunsinti at pinagtatakpan at sa halip ay agad na itnatama upang hindi na pamarisan,” PGen Eleazar said.

PGen Eleazar said the donation of the PSSLAI depicted the continuing assistance and generosity of other stakeholders who serve as the police’s partner in continuing its current programs, particularly its Intensified Cleanliness Policy (ICP).

“The continuous support of the PSSLAI to the PNP is clear proof that they have been with us in achieving our goal of not only improving our operational capability but also to improve our services to the Filipino people because this what police service is all about—to win the trust and respect of our kababayan,” he said.

The Chief PNP vowed that the organization would continue to do its mandate to the best of its ability to ensure peace and order in the country. (ai/mtvn)

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