Government to provide P25M assistance for PNP’s medicines, hospitalization

The Philippine government is set to provide P25-million support for the Philippine National Police (PNP) to cushion the financial burden of medical expenses.

“I am giving you P25 million for medicines and all,” President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 said promised a in his speech during the 117th Police Service Anniversary celebration held at Camp Crame, Quezon City.

“It will take care of your expenses. If put to good use, it is enough. You can always choose. I will pay. You go to St. Luke’s…Cardinal Santos,” President Duterte said.

In his welcome remarks, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde expressed the PNP’s “deep gratitude” to President Duterte for his pledge of P25-million monthly support to the PNP’s Reimbursement of Hospitalization Expenses Program.

President Duterte stressed his administration’s commitment to promote the welfare of the uniformed personnel and their families.

“I will likewise assure you that you will do your best and our best to promote the welfare of uniformed personnel and that of your families,” Duterte said.

“Since you put your lives on the line to serve our country and people, it is only just and fair — just fair that the government takes care of you as well,” Duterte said.

At the same time, President Duterte said his administration is fully committed to enhance PNP’s capabilities.

“In fact, we have allotted more than P2 billion for the PNP Capability Enhancement Plan,” Duterte said.

President Duterte noted that Wednesday’s occasion is a celebration of PNP’s success in cleansing the organization from scalawags, who hamper the PNP’s efficiency in performing its mandate to enforce the law and serve the people.

PNP’s performance in the past two years manifests its efforts in instituting reforms from within its ranks, Duterte said.

Duterte cited the tireless dedication of the police personnel, noting that almost 160,000 illegal drug personalities have been apprehended in the past two years.

Duterte also mentioned that more than 6,000 administrative cases were resolved as part of the efforts to cleanse their ranks. In addition, the PNP has also achieved a total crime solution efficiency rate of 72.13 percent.

“Kaya ako sumasaludo sa inyo kasi bilib talaga ako sa inyo,” Duterte said.