PNP chief says release of equipment may come in 2019

Bidding procedure delays cops’ use of body cams

/ 04:47 PM November 28, 2018
Oscar Albayalde

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde. INQUIRER file photo / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Body cameras for anti-drug policemen will most likely be released in 2019, even though it was initially supposed to be issued in the middle of this year.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has allocated P332 million for the purchase of body cameras for local drug enforcement units to ensure transparency in operations. Director Gen. Ronald dela Rosa, former chief of the PNP, earlier said it will be issued by June.


READ: Anti-drug cops to get body cams by June—PNP chief

But in June this year, Director General Oscar Albayalde, who is now police chief, said the roll-out may be moved to the latter part of the year.


READ: PNP moves roll-out date for body cam program

Speaking before reporters on Wednesday, Albayalde said the bidding process is still ongoing for the purchase of the body-worn cameras.

“December na [next month] eh. Most probably hanggang next year na nga iyan kasi ongoing pa ‘yung bidding sa ngayon,” he said.

(It’s December already next month. Most probably it will come next year since the bidding process is still ongoing.)

Although the PNP national headquarters has not issued the cameras, Albayalde said some local chief executives have donated some units to the police, especially in Metro Manila.

READ: PNP anti-drug ops continue despite scant body cameras available for cops

He said this has allowed some policemen to cover footages of anti-drug operations.


Albayalde also said that many companies have placed their bids for the project, but only around 17 have passed qualifications. /jpv

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