A GRAFT-FREE Philippine National Police bidding process over the past two years of the Duterte administration has not only ensured that quality ‘move, shoot, communicate and investigate’ tools and other equipment would be procured by the force but at the same time enable it to save millions that can be used to buy what officers in round-the-clock patrol really need, officials told the Journal Group yesterday.
The corruption-free bidding process has also enabled the PNP to save enough money this year which was used to procure 107 brand-new patrol vehicles, PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said.
As PNP chief, Gen. Albayalde is the head of the PNP procurement program and is in the forefront of a campaign to ensure that there would be no more anomalous purchases in the organization which, during the past several administrations has been rocked by graft-tainted biddings.
“It should be worthy to note that with all these regular and supplemental appropriations, the PNP has posted a high 98 percent absorptive capacity or utilization efficiency of appropriated funds,” said Gen. Albayalde.
He explained that with the able stewardship of the PNP Bids and Awards Committee, the PNP was able to save enough money to buy an additional 107 units of patrol vehicles for their field units nationwide.
“This is an excellent manifestation of efficiency in managing government resources in line with the good governance and anti-corruption programs of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. We are committed to this kind of efficiency for the best interest not only of the PNP but most importantly of all the Filipino taxpayers,” the PNP chief explained.
The PNP-BAC is chaired by PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Deputy Director General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa. The BAC is responsible for seeing to it that all PNP procurement process are in accordance with government rules and regulations before a final contract is signed by the PNP chief which is the head of the procuring entity.
Gamboa echoed the PNP chief’s words. “Whether you like it or not, the PNP now has a greater participation in the bidding of our equipment and other tools. But with all honestly and candor, I would say that our procurement program has greatly improved since the entry of the Duterte administration, thanks much to the head of the procuring entity which is Gen. dela Rosa before and now, PNP chief, Gen. Albayalde,” he told the Journal Group.
Over the past two years, the PNP has obligated a total of P7.8 billion in its Capability Enhancement Program (CEP) or an absorptive capacity of almost 99 percent. “All those transactions passed thru three cycles of procurement, the 1st in government and actually a PNP record since before President Deterge came, the PNP failed to use nearly P10 billion which could have been used to improve our move, shoot, communicate and investigate capabilities,” the official said.
As a result, the PNP has managed to greatly improve its capability during the past 2 years, the latest of which is the procurement of more than P2.1-billion worth of brand-new weapons and motorbikes needed by the police to effectively win its all-out effort to combat drugs, crime and terrorism.
Last month, Gen. Albayalde led the blessing and commissioning of newly-procured PNP guns and motorcycles with a total contract price of P2,146,617.850.
However, the PNP chief maintained they would be needing additional budget and the support in particular of local government units as they embark on another major mission to ensure a secure and fair mid-term 2019 elections and at the same time keep criminals off the streets.
“Because our country holds general elections every three years, the PNP has considerably perfected already the art of performing election duty as a Comelec-deputized agency. The added responsibility, however, entails corresponding upgrade of resources to cope with the additional functions,” he said.
According to the PNP chief, it is partly the reason why they have requested a hike in the proposed PNP budget for 2019 which is 30 percent more than last year’s appropriation, largely due to the increased salary and allowances of personnel which comprise 89 percent of their annual budget, with only 8 percent allotted for Maintenance Operating and Other Expenses; and only 3 percent for Capital Outlay or acquisition of new facilities and equipment.
The PNP chief said their current equipment inventory represents only 46 percent of the total PNP requirements or 51 percent fill-up in requirement for land vehicles, 19 percent fill-up in required aircraft, 31 percent fill-up in required watercraft, 93 percent fill-up in required handguns, 62 percent fill-up of required long firearms, 15 percent of crew-served weapons; 27 percent of communication requirement; 15 percent of anti-terrorism equipment; 61 percent of CDM equipment and 22 percent of investigative equipment.
Gen. Albayalde explained that the supplemental President’s Contingency Fund allows the PNP greater elbow room to procure basic requirements and program expenditures that cannot be supported by Capital Outlay and MOOE from regular appropriations.