PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday formally accepted more police equipment donated by the Japanese government to the force as part of its effort to help the Duterte government combat terror.
The equipment is part of the 500 million Japanese Yen (roughly P236.5 million) foreign aid given to the PNP to help improve its capability and operability under.
Albayalde said the package is part of Japan’s Economic and Social Development Program to the Philippine government in support of its counter-terrorism campaign.
Albayalde received the equipment consisting of six bomb suits, six ballistic shields and 440 units of ballistic helmets from Japanese Ambassador to Manila Koji Haneda.
The PNP chief said the equipment will be issued to PNP Explosives Ordnance Detection or bomb disposal units to enhance the safety and protection of police bomb technicians in responding to police emergencies specifically bomb threats.
Last year, the PNP received the bulk of the aid package consisting of police mobile assets that are now being used by line units in field operations.
“All these donated equipment will certainly go a long way in enhancing police capability in addressing security issues and threats to public safety.,” said Albayalde as he thanked the Japanese government for their latest donation to the PNP.