15th ANNIVERSARY: ARROYO LAUDS PNP SUPPORT, RELEASES Php1 B
MANILA, January 31, 2006, (MALAYA) FOR standing solidly behind her administration, President Arroyo yesterday ordered the release of P1 billion to the Philippine National Police on the occasion of its 15th anniversary.
"From the start, with your support, men and women of the police, I set a course to reform the fundamentals of our economy. I needed you, I still need you because the seas were often rough and the wind was in our face. But because you the police were always there for me, we could sail on and we sailed on because the choices were stark – sail against the wind and change our economic fortunes or perish," Arroyo said in her speech at the anniversary rites in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
PNP chief Arturo Lomibao they are expecting part of the P1 billion to be released in a few days.
He appealed to the public not to misinterpret the fund release, noting Arroyo had long been asking what the PNP needed to further improve its working conditions.
Arroyo said the PNP’s maintenance of peace and order has helped the country earn better credit ratings from foreign creditors.
She said the P1 billion special allotment release order will be taken from revenues from the value added tax, which will rise to 12 from 10 percent tomorrow.
She said P1 billion SARO will help the PNP hire an additional 15,000 policemen spread in three years, buy 4,000 new patrol cars and at least 5,000 new firearms, and add 50 telephone lines for the Patrol 117.
She said the country reached its growth targets for 2005, with gross national product growing by at 5.7 percent and gross domestic product at 5.1 percent.
The people, she said, must feel the effect of the economic growth through increased police visibility and value-added protection while those who provide this protection should also benefit through better access to affordable education and housing opportunities.
"One proof that our taxes really work for our people is to add the number of policemen and policewomen working for them. But for the police to be visible, taxes used to hire and pay them must not be evaded. We can only deploy more policemen to catch criminals if taxes are not evaded by crooks," she said. – Raymond Africa and Jocelyn Montemayor
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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