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DBM releases P942M to PNP

Manila, Philippines — The national government has hired additional 3,000 policemen for the Philippine National Police (PNP) to strengthen the country’s law enforcement capabilities, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said yesterday.

Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said the government has already released P942 million to allow PNP to mobilize additional police officers across the country, particularly in communities and streets.

Abad said the fund release was charged against the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) under the 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

“This latest fund release will allow the PNP to mobilize more police officers in their respective communities and increase police visibility in the streets, especially in areas with high crime rates,” Abad said in a statement.

“After all, ensuring sustainable peace and order in the country is essential, especially if we want to achieve rapid and sustainable economic growth and inclusive development,” he added.

The fund release will support the hiring of 3,000 police officers officially appointed in December 11, 13, and 27 last year, in response to the PNP’s requirements for Personnel Services (PS) from December 2013 to December 2014. These include base pay, allowances, and other benefits of officers.

The PS requirements for the rest of the filled-up positions in the PNP—amounting to P59.96 billion — have already been supported by the regular budget of the national police force for 2014.

The release also expands the PNP’s force to a total of 149,535-strong police officers committed to enforce the law, as well as prevent and control crimes with the support of their communities.