The Philippine National Police Foundation Inc. (PNPFI) donated PHP2.8 million worth of equipment to the Philippine National Police (PNP) toenhance its capability to combat crime and illegal drugs.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, the chairman of the PNPFI, was the guest of honor during the turnover rites held at Camp Crame’s Multi-purpose Center on Monday.
The donation includes two units of Acer laptops, 10 LCD projectors, three sets of public address system, nine Canon cameras, two scanners, two megaphones, one generator set, and 20 mountain bikes.
The recipients of the new equipment will be the Regional Health Service 11, Guian Municipal Police Station, Maritime group, Police Regional Office 12, Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, Engineering Service, Quezon City Police District, Cavite Police Provincial Office, Mapanas Police Station, Bataan Police Highway Patrol Group, Zambales Police Highway Patrol Group, Famy Municipal Police Station, Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office, Romblon Police Provincial Office, Occidental Mindoro Police Provincial Office, and Laloma Police Station of QCPD.
The PNP Foundation was established in 2002 when Senator Lacson was the chief of PNP during the Estrada administration.
It was created through the support of proactive and civic minded individuals with a seed money reaching PHP165 million.
Lacson said in an interview that the total pledges reached PHP500 million, adding most of the pledges did not arrive when he left the PNP after the Estrada presidency collapsed.
The PNP Foundation’s seed money is held in perpetuity and the accrued earnings go to the members of the PNP as donations as stated in its charter.
To date, the foundation has so far donated more than PHP50 million worth of equipment to the police force, Lacson said.
During the Mamasapano incident, the foundation received PHP15 million in pledges and were given to the families of the SAF commandos who died in Maguindanao.
The families of the police commandos, who were considered killed in action, got PHP250,000 while the injured received PHP150,000, Lacson said.
“It [PNP Foundation] will continue to donate to the PNP as long as… conservative naman yung aming investment so di malulugi yun,” he said.
The senator added that the foundation’s recent donation is on top of the PHP50 million it already released. (Angelo S. Samonte/PNA)