MANILA – President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday renewed his administration’s commitment to purge the police force of erring members to improve its image.
“Sa ating pamamahala, tinatapos na natin ang maliligayang sandali ng mga scalawag sa inyong ahensiya. Desidido tayong linisin ang inyong hanay, at itira lamang ang mga tunay at tapat na lingkod-bayan,” the President said in his speech during the 114th Police Service Anniversary, held in Camp Crame.
“Sa kabilang banda, binibigyan natin ng insentibo ang mga nagpapamalas ng husay at gilas sa serbisyo. Itataguyod natin ang kultura sa kapulisan kung saan nasa sarili ninyong kamay ang inyong pag-angat,” he said, adding that he wants the police organization to be trustworthy and reliable.
The administration is also working to eliminate corruption in the Philippine National Police (PNP), for instance in the procurement of guns, the Chief Executive said.
As the country’s president, he said he provides the PNP its needs within the means of the government.
He noted that in his 6th State of the Nation Address last week, he mentioned the achievement of a 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio, the first time in PNP history, as well as the use of a Crime Incident Recording System, which has improved the documentation of crimes in the country.
The installation of hundreds of CCTV cameras in different parts of the National Capital Region that are considered crime hot spots, has also enabled the police to respond quickly to victims of crimes, he added.
And as part of modernization in the police force, the government has approved the purchase of 2,523 patrol jeeps, 577 utility vehicles, 5,736 motorcycles, 29,266 handheld radios, and 3,328 investigative kits, the President reported.
“Bukod sa pagpapalakas pa ng puwersa at pagpapaunlad sa kakayahan ng inyong hanay, tinututukan din natin ang inyong mga personal na pangangailangan,” the President said, noting that almost 25,000 housing units have been allocated to qualified members of the PNP.
The government, he said, is also improving the pension system of uniformed personnel to ensure their welfare after they leave the service.
“Nakita naman po natin na karapat-dapat lamang sa mga benepisyong ito ang mga nagmamalasakit sa bayan,” he said. “Kung mananatili ang mataas ninyong morale sa serbisyo, pihado namang mapapanatili, kundi man mahihigitan, ang nakamit na ninyong mga tagumpay.”
Aside from leading the Police Service Anniversary, the President also presented awards to members of the PNP for exemplary service rendered to the public.