IN support of the objectives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to make the conduct of law enforcement operations transparent, the Public Safety Savings and Loans Association, Inc. (PSSLAI) has committed to donate five (5) sets of body-worn cameras (BWCs) to PNP personnel.
“On behalf of the men and women of the PNP, ipinapa-abot ko ang pasasalamat sa PSSLAI sa kanilang commitment na mag-donate ng limang sets ng body-worn cameras. Ito ay malaking tulong upang matiyak ang transparency at accountability sa pagganap ng aming tungkulin,” said PNP Chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar during a recent activity wherein he was appointed as the Chairman Emeritus of the financial institution that caters to the financial needs and stability of police and jail management personnel.
The PNP launched the body-worn camera system on June 4 to ensure transparency and legitimacy of law-enforcement operations. Initially, a total of 2,696 body cameras have been distributed to 171 police stations and offices.
But according to PGen Eleazar, the PNP still needs approximately 30,000 more sets of BWCs in order to cover all police stations and units of the police organization.
Each BWC set costs approximately P2 million, which include 16 cameras and other accessories.
“I understand that it will take billions of fund from the national government to complete the 30,000 units of body-worn cameras that the PNP still needs kaya kami po ay patuloy na gumagawa ng paraan upang makakuha ng mga ito sa pamamagitan ng malakas na ugnayan sa ating mga LGUs (local government units) at mga pribadong indibidwal at grupo na handang tumulong sa kapulisan sa adhikaing ito,” the PNP Chief said.
He said the initial objective is to equip the Provincial and Station Drug Enforcement Units as well as the National Support Units that include the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), the Maritime Group (MG) and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG).
Aside from PSSLAI, Eleazar said other private groups such as the Ayala Foundation have already signified their intention to help the PNP procure more BWCs.
Currently, Gen. Eleazar said they are drafting a fact sheet that will serve as a guide for donors, containing all the specifications of a body-worn camera that is compatible with the system recently procured by the PNP.