MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday admitted facing logistical problems and called on local government units (LGUs) to support the agency?s integrated transformation program.
In his presentation during a multi-sectoral forum with stakeholders at Camp Crame, Chief Superintendent Lani-o Nerez, deputy chief for logistics, said one of the problems is the ?deteriorating and dismal? state of police stations nationwide.
Of the 1,741 police stations across the country, only 691, or 40 percent, are owned by the PNP while the remaining 1,050, or 60 percent, are in LGU-owned buildings and lots.
Nerez said the agency wants all police stations to be PNP-owned, but he also pointed out that before this, they must fix or improve deteriorating police stations, which ?make [policemen] vulnerable to the enemies.?
To respond to this problem, the PNP has launched the ?Adopt a Police Station Project? in Region 7 and the ?Model Police Station Project,? which has been funded by local government officials, and has benefited, among others, Cebu City police stations 3, 4, and 6.
Nerez also reported that the PNP is short 66,886 long firearms, including 48,456 M16 rifles, for its 125,000 personnel.
?Ideally, each policeman should have one issued short firearm. [But] due to inadequate funds to procure firearms, the PNP prioritized issuance of firearms to PNP units and personnel in high risk areas,? Nerez said.
He revealed that the yearly procurement of firearms was not enough to fill the shortage in 10 years.
In 2008, the PNP procured only 1,000 9-millimeter Berretta pistols, compared to almost 7,000 guns purchased in 2007.
Nerez said policemen in areas where the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is not present need rifles and other long firearms.
Although some local government units have donated firearms to policemen in the past, this has not been enough.
Aside from this, the PNP also lacks 12,714 vehicles, Nerez said.
The police is also 74 percent short of the 109 watercraft it is required to have, and 80 percent short of its required aircraft.