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CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO– Around 722 brand new 9mm Glock 17 Generation 4 pistols were distributed to 722 Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) cops this afternoon (October 18) during the ceremonial distribution held at PRO1 Concord Building.
Region 1 police director Chief Superintendent Ricardo C. Marquez led the distribution of new hand guns to police personnel of PRO1 without issued firearms and who passed the proficiency training on Glock 17 Generation 4 pistol conducted by the PNP Regional Special Training Unit 1 (RSTU1).
PCSupt. Marquez said, the first tranche of new service firearms were all issued to police patrollers assigned with the four (4) provinces with the following breakdown: Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) – 66; Ilocos Sur PPO- 113; La Union PPO- 144; and Pangasinan PPO-399. Each unit of 9mm Glock 17 Generation 4 pistol comes in a complete set with two (2) spare magazines, cleaning kit user’s manual, carrying case, and a basic load of 28 rounds of ammunition.
“These Glock safe-action pistols will strengthen the PRO1’s law enforcement functions and it will enhance the implementation of our Patrol 101. Our patrollers can now better serve and protect the community,” he said.
The Regional Director said those with ranks of Police Officers 1 to 3 were prioritized in the distribution of the new firearms under the PNP’s Capability Enhancement Program in relation to PNP’s CODE-P program focusing on excellence and competence.
Aside from the 722 firearms distributed, additional 1,315 units are now for withdrawal in PNP Headquarters to complete the 2037 quota for PRO1. The 2037 firearms quota for PRO1 is part of the 74,879 guns purchased by the PNP intended to boost the firearms requirement of the police.
According to the Regional Director, the Glock 17 has a market price of P40,940 per unit, but the PNP thru transparent bidding process the firearms purchased only at P16,659.94 per unit wherein the PNP saved an amount of P200,082,954.24 from the original P1.198 billion allocation that was used in buying additional 15,000 pieces of the same brand pistols.
The 9mm Glock 17 Pistol is the service firearm used by sixty percent of police forces and other Law Enforcement Agencies in Europe, United States of America and Asia.
Meanwhile, some 1,425 pairs of patrol shoes were also distributed to police patrollers to be used in patrol crime-fighting activities.
Likewise, around 35,366 M16 ammunition and 495 M16 Magazines were distributed to various police units of PRO1.
PCSupt. Marquez said, a total of 22,484 M16 ammunition were distributed to the four (4) Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) of the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan ; 5,904 M16 Ammunition for the four (4) Police Provincial Offices (PPOs); and 6,978 M16 Ammunition for Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 (RPSB1).
An additional 495 M16 Magazines were also equally distributed to PPOs and 71 M16 Magazines for RPBS1.