THE Philippine National Police (PNP) received on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, over $3.3 million worth of equipment from the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program of the Diplomatic Security Services of the United States Embassy, to help boost the country’s counter-terrorism capability.

The donated equipment include 31 bomb suits, 37 digital SCANX, 40 X-ray sources, 10 Explosives Ordnance Division bomb suit batteries, 33 high-risk search techniques kits, 13 seeker-e kits, and seven pick-up Ford Ranger trucks.

The equipment was turned over by Ambassador of the United States of America to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson to the Regional Explosives Ordnance Disposal and Canine Unit (Recu) of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

PNP Logistics and Support Service director Major General Ronaldo Olay said these donation will significantly enhance the PNP’s capabilities in detecting, preventing, and responding to terrorist threats in the country.

“We are extremely grateful for this donation, which will undoubtedly be a game-changer in our ability to fulfill our mission to keep our communities safe from terrorism and other forms of criminality. This donation also highlights the strong partnership between the Philippine National Police and the American embassy, and we are deeply appreciative of this gesture of support from our American allies,” Olay said.

Carlson said the donated equipment stresses the US government’s commitment to supporting the Philippines in its fight against terrorism.

“The United States remains steadfast in its friendship and commitment to the Government of the Philippines, and we are very proud of our continuing partnership in the fight against terrorism. I am confident that working together, we will be able to deter, interdict, and prevent acts of terrorism,” she said.

Colonel Albert Magno, acting director of the PNP EOD/K9 Group, the end-user of the donated equipment, assured the public that the equipment will be put to good use in serving the Filipino people and protecting them from the threat of terrorism. (SunStar Philippines)