The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday said that 70 percent of PHP1.3 billion worth of equipment has been delivered by the Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC).
In 2016, the PNP transferred PHP1.348 billion to PITC to procure various mission-critical equipment.
Republic Act 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act, authorizes the PITC to act as procuring agent for other government agencies, including the PNP.
“Out of these funds, 70 percent have already been fully utilized, and the corresponding items have already been delivered to the PNP,” Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., PNP Officer-in-Charge, said in a statement on Sunday.
“Throughout the years, the logistics arm of the PNP has been in constant coordination with PITC to ensure successful procurement and timely and complete delivery, especially of the remaining equipment,” Danao added.
The PNP coordinates with the PITC for the procurement and delivery of three police equipment, namely combat helmets, night vision goggles, and sniper rifles.
In its 2021 audit report on the PNP, the Commission on Audit said that out of the PHP1.348 billion transferred to the PITC in 2016, “requested items amounting to PHP602.768 million remained undelivered and savings from completed projects were not returned/remitted to the Bureau of the Treasury as of Dec. 31, 2021.”