Congress allots P334 million for PNP body cameras

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  • P334 million has been allocated by Congress for the procurement of body cameras for the PNP
  • The amount represented a more than 200 percent increase from the initial budget of P100 million
  • Congress increased the budget for body cameras as response to Pres. Duterte’s call for heightened transparency in police operations

In response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for the police to show heightened transparency in the fight against criminality, lawmakers allotted P334 million for the procurement of body cameras for the Philippine National Police.

The amount, according to Rep. Karlo Nograles, House Committee on Appropriations chairman, represented a more than 200 percent increase in the initial funding of P100 million.

“Under the 2018 national budget signed by President Duterte on Tuesday, we have allocated P334 million for the purchase of body cameras for the police. This represents a more than 200 percent increase from its initial funding of P100 million,” Nograles said.

“This is a big step toward modernizing our police force, and we are investing big money in it,” the lawmaker, noting that the use of body cameras by law enforcers is a trend in other countries, added.

As mentioned in Malaya, Rep. Nograles said that aside from transparency, the body cameras will help police officers in evidence gathering, documentation, and post-operation assessment.

“There have also been reports from body cam-wearing cops overseas that arrested individuals admit to their offense quicker when they realize that their actions were recorded. It makes the job of the police easier,” Nograles said.