The Philippine National Police (PNP) received today, May 29, 130 patrol vehicles from the Korean Government under the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) project to boost anti-criminality and criminal investigation efforts of the PNP.
In a simple ceremony today at the Camp Tomas Karingal in Quezon City, PNP Chief, Director General Oscar D Albayalde personally witnessed the turnover ceremony of 49 units of Hyundai Elantra and 81 units of Starex Van together with Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary for Peace and Order, Bernardo Florece, Jr. Korean Ambassador H.E Han Dong-Man and Commissioner General of Korea National Police Agency Lee Chul-Sung led the Korean counterparts.
Also, present during the turnover and blessing rites were QCPD Director, PCSupt Joselito Esquivel, Jr and NCRPO Regional Director, PDir Camilo Pancratius Cascolan. In addition, Albayalde said these latest additions to police mobility will be distributed to the Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management, Criminal Investigation and Detective Group, Anti-Kidnapping Group, Anti-Cybercrime Group, and National Capital Region Police.
He added that these patrol cars will be distributed also to Office and City Police Offices of Angeles, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Davao, and Baguio to bolster anti-criminality and police visibility efforts where Korean communities are established. On July 12, 2017, the KOICA project accord has been signed between the PNP and Korean Embassy on enhancing the criminal investigation capability of the PNP as the first cooperative project between the Republic of Korea and the Philippines.