PNP eyes ‘patrol tricycles’ in anti-crime drive


PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police said it is looking at purchasing tricycles as part of its long-term plans for the organization in a bid to enhance police presence in provinces, its spokesman said.

A prototype design has been made for what is to be called the Patrol Tricycle—a vehicle that is aimed at enhancing police mobility, similar to how existing PNP patrol cars are being used, Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said, citing outputs from a five-hour “special meeting” in Camp Crame Tuesday among high-ranking PNP officials, as presided by Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

The Patrol Tricycle started on December 21, 2012 when the Region 12 police office requested for the procurement of 16 units of the tricycle that seeks to “develop a cost-effective alternative motor vehicle that could fill the gap between resources that are available versus the needs of the police station.”

PRO 12 argued that small police stations must have at least three patrol vehicles to be effective, noting several considerable advantages compared to four-wheeled vehicles such as its lower cost, fuel efficiency, and its ability to go through areas with narrow roads, among others.

“Kung ating babalikan, may bike patrols tayo. Ito ay bagay din sa mga lugar na imbes na naglalakad ka, mas magandang nag ba-bike. Mas malaki maco-cover mo . . . So in terms of police presence, ma-maximize natin,” Cerbo said, adding that Roxas seemed to have welcomed the proposal.

The information on how many units will be procured in case the proposal materializes, is however, not immediately available.

He said PNP may seek funding from the Department of Budget.

But the procurement of Patrol Tricycles is just among PNP’s long term plans.

Cerbo said the meeting also included review of other resources that PNP needs for it to be “capable, effective and credible” such as communication equipment, infrastructure, and other matters concerning PNP personnel.

“Pero ang nililinaw ko dito is at this stage, mga proposal [yan]. Siguro kapag na-approve na ito at talagang may budget na ilalaan para dito, the secretary himself would be very proud na s’ya mismo ang magsabi nito,” Cerbo said, but noted that the meeting was somewhat like a conference to “finalize” results of the discussion on the proposals.

“Parang pini-present na lang sa kanya ang final output,” Cerbo said.

He said Roxas is willing to accept new ideas “as long as it can help enhance the quality of police service.”

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  • superpilipinas

    In the US, many police departments are using mountain bikes. But more of those cops are starting to have their own uniform-mounted 3G networked video recorder. For the price of the tricycle, I would exchange it with mountain bike and locally designed and manufactured video recorder. The police HQ would be able to monitor all policemen realtime online, provide communication, provide immediate backup, and police themselves.

  • pepito gwaps

    its nice. It has cheaper maintenance, fast in response and low fuel consumption compare to mobile patrol….How about riding in tandem patrol? one man will drive and one will apprehend the target…

  • kwangkwang

    matagal na dapat to. world war 2 ginagamit na to. tipid sa gas. low maintenance.

  • Ako_Hiking

    Somehow it doesn’t make sense that tricycles can be truly justified as part of anti-crime drive. PNP has even bigger problems with their personnel and procedures that is much more important than spending money on tricycles.

  • Kung Tufo Tufo

    Purchasing tricycles for money kickbacks?????? Purisima don’t do that. Tricycle cannot chase a high speed cars. It is better to buy a Vios than tricycle of the same price.

  • kontra_boohaya

    Seer, it’s not about the equipment. Gagawing prybeyt serbis lang yan ni seer poolis. Ang dami ngang motor na naka assign sa probins e mga seers nasa presinto lang naka tambay maliban sa market day, derby day, fiesta, bertdey, kasalan at binyagan….It doesn’t take a liter of gas to go around town and the barrios to connect with the people but they don’t do it…

  • Hey_Dudes

    It is easy to know what ails this police organization. Their lack of brighter ideas choosing to regress in utter backwardness will not spell the end of criminals in the country. Tila tayo ay hanggang tricycle standards na lang. Others are already into satellite industry while we are happy manufacturing tricycles.

  • franciscoyapanalagbate

    This tricycle idea is no idea at all. The bottom line of police work is to protect and to serve the people to save life, property, in a timely manner, all in the promotion of justice. This cannot be equated with pecuniary estimation, as life has no money equivalent. We claim to be a part a globalized world and yet we are stucked with “primitive”/backward way of thinking. Criminals are way, way ahead of our police service’s way of “doing things”. The police will eat the dust chasing those criminals. To be attuned to the needs of the modern world the police must MODERNIZE! Buy a couple of units of police car for more effectivity, reliability, high visibility, and respect from the citizenry. It’s less expensive than those tricycles which will be a source of corruption/abuse by way of its use. The people might sleep well at night “knowing” that the police are making rounds of the neighborhood. And this might lessen the nefarious activities of those criminally inclined.
    Kung ito man ay napag-isipan maaaring kung papaano pagkakaperahan at hindi ang paglilingkod sa sambayanan. Tabi-tabi po sa mga tinamaan.

  • $14334231

    this makes me laugh….now we have a riding in tandem cops!!!!…whoever brought this idea must have been promised a percentage by the manufacturer…….hahaha…balik stone-age uli tayo….

  • randyaltarejos

    Just want to contribute an idea for the good of the PNP. To me, this is a welcome development. Perhaps, the DILG should also consider providing the cops in the countrysides horses like what the Royal Mounted Police of Canada has for many years. In this way, the cops on horse backs can penetrate the upland hills in search of criminals. Why not ultralight planes to patrol the coastal shores and uplands to check on illegal logging activities? Ultralight planes are much cheaper than helicopters and they can be knocked down to fit in the garages.

  • $26606290

    Nice. Habang ang mga heneral naka SUV, traysikel ang mga nasa baba.
    For an organization suffering serious image issues, you propose this undignified form of transport.
    Yung commemorative plates niyo na paborito ng mga criminal, saan pumupunta ang kita nun. Idagdag niyo na lang sa fleet budget niyo.

  • disqusted0fu

    It doesn’t matter what changes the PNP does with their vehicles, it’s probably not going to work because the problem that they have is more on their workforce. This is just a waste of money for the government. This will end up like the anti corruption drive of the administration… it will not work.

  • IsipPinoy

    It is a cost effective way by which the police can respond to an incident.

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