By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) received various office and police equipment from the PNP Foundation Inc. (PNPFI) on August 15, Monday, at 7:30 a.m., coinciding with the flag-raising ceremony in front of the PNP national headquarters building, Camp BGen Rafael T Crame, Quezon City.

Prior to the turnover of donation, the Deed of Donation was formally signed by PNPFI chairman, Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, with Teresita Ang See, vice-chairperson, and Police General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr, Chief PNP.

The donation, amounting to Php4,938,800.00, consists of 113 sets of desktop computers with USB mouse and keyboard, 67 units 3in1 printer, 23 units projector, 22 units portable public address system with 2 wireless microphones, 16 units CCTV with 4 channels, and 60 units mountain bike.

“The Deed of Donation that we are formalizing today manifests the strong relationship between the PNP and PNP Foundation Inc. that sets an upright jumpstart towards stronger linkages and commitment with our trusted pillars in public service. This partnership will also help in streamlining the quality of our police services and strengthen law enforcement capabilities for efficient delivery of government services to the Filipino people,” PGen Azurin said.

Azurin also said in his statement that through this development, more accomplishments will be jointly achieved, as the PNP builds a stronger connection with the community. This is also seen to strengthen the police force, as it transforms the organization into a much stronger and more responsive police organization.

“Despite some stumbling blocks that our organization has been faced with, and the challenges that we have hurdled in the past, your Philippine National Police will swiftly embrace the shared vision and responsibility in realizing our organizational stability, reformation, and resiliency,” Azurin added.

Meanwhile, Sen. Lacson, who was guest of honor and speaker during the activity, said that there has been a long list of donations to numerous regular and special units of the PNP all over the archipelago.

“So far since its creation, the foundation, along with its generous donors, have donated various items to around 348 police stations and offices nationwide, amounting to an aggregate total of P193M, including P9.95M directly given in cash to the immediate families of the members of the Special Action Force (SAF) who were either killed or wounded in action in the Mamasapano encounter in Maguindanao,” he said.

Lacson further said that in his individual capacity especially as senator of the republic for 18 years, he always puts a premium on the welfare of the officers and men and women of the police organization in all his legislative work, be it in augmenting the annual budget of the PNP or in enacting laws that benefit the police force.

“I can proudly say without mental reservation and fear of contradiction, being your former chief, I have paid my dues to the men and women of this proud organization both active and retired,” Lacson said.

Coinciding with the activity, the PNP awarded Medalya ng Kadakilaan, Medalya ng Kasanayan, and Medalya ng Papuri to ten (10) PNP personnel for their significant accomplishments, while 33 PNP personnel received Medalya ng Katangitanging Gawa as gold, silver and bronze medalists during the World Police and Fire Games in Rotterdam, Netherlands from July 22 to 31, 2022. (ai/mtvn)

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