Despite having 95-percent of the calls to the newly launched 911 hotline being bogus, the administration sees its first few days of operation as a resounding success and are now making the necessary arrangements so that the Philippine National Police (PNP) may respond to emergencies more expeditiously.
Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto has recently commented on the PNP’s lack of four-wheeled vehicles that may hinder them from rushing to an emergency as quickly as possible.
“Reaching the police in seconds is one thing; having the police rush to the scene of the crime in minutes is another. Kung hindi, sayang lang ang napakagandang programa na 911 kung wala o kulang o mabagal ang pag-responde,” said Recto.
[If they can’t respond quickly enough, the 911 program will be for nothing.]
The PNP has ‘guaranteed’ a 15-minute response time to 911 calls but it could make it difficult for them to achieve it without vehicles according to Recto.
Last year’s hearing at the House of Representatives for the 2016 national budget indicated that the PNP needed at least 3,000 four-wheeled patrol cars adding that every town and city needed two more each.
Surprisingly, despite the shortage of vehicles, the PNP still incurred up to Php 1.23 billion in fuel, oil and lubricant expenses last year.
If the administration is to provide the amount of patrol cars needed, Recto wants the PNP to be meticulous in the maintenance to ensure the durability of these units.
“Kung madaling masira, madaling magmukhang madungis ang mga patrol cars, nasan kaya ang diprensya kung bakit tila madaling mag-depreciate at mabulok ang mga PNP service vehicles?” Recto said.
[If it (the patrol cars) breaks down easily or looks shabby and dirty, what do you think is the cause of why these PNP service vehicles deteriorate and depreciate rather quickly.]