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South Korea Donates 142 Brand-New Patrol Bikes to PNP

It is to honor the friendship and protection that the Philippines extended to Korea many years ago.
IMAGE PNP-PIO (LEONITO NAVALES)
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South Korea has donated 142 brand-new patrol bikes to the Philippine National Police (PNP).The bikes are meant to enhance the PNP's mobility, especially in traffic-prone areas. 

Officials of the Republic of Korea officially turned over today, September 26, 142 brand-new patrol bikes to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to enhance the police force’s mobility, particularly in the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año and PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde received the ceremonial key from the Korean officials during the turnover of the units at Camp Crame this morning. Korean ambassador Han Dong-man and Korea National Police Agency Commissioner General Min Gab-ryong attended the event.

“The Philippines fought together with us to protect the freedom of Korea.”

Photo by PNP-PIO (LEONITO NAVALES).
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Min says that the Philippines was with South Korea to protect its freedom many years ago, referring to the Korean War in the ’50s. “The Philippines fought together with us to protect the freedom of Korea. Hence, it is now our duty to support the Philippine National Police, which has been a friend for a long time,” said Min.

The 142 units of the 125cc Aquila Grand Voyage were manufactured by Hyosung Corporation, a Seoul-based company that produces cars, motorcycles, and vehicle parts. 

The patrol bikes were part of the last trench of donations from the South Korean government to the PNP under the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) project agreement amounting to $6.6 million.

Photo by PNP-PIO (LEONITO NAVALES).
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The agreement, which was the first cooperative project between South Korea and the Philippines, was signed by the PNP and the Korean Embassy on July 12, 2017, with the purpose of enhancing the PNP’s crime-investigation capabilities and anti-criminality campaign.

Min emphasized that the motorbikes are not only brand-new but also of good quality, with a dependable after-sales service program. They’re neither handovers nor leftovers. “These bikes are currently being used in Korea,” the Korean official added.

Albayalde said that these latest additions to the PNP’s fleet will be distributed in traffic-prone areas in Metro Manila, Angeles City, Baguio City, Cebu City, and Davao City to bolster police visibility and anti-criminality efforts.

“This is a noble move of our Korean counterparts as the PNP is stern to provide an immediate response to incidents and crime in cities,” Albayalde said.

Not the first time South Korea donated. 

This is not the first time that South Korea donated to the police force. In May last year, South Korea donated 49 Hyundai Elantra cars and 81 Starex vans to the PNP. Ever since Albayalde took over the reigns of the PNP, donated cars to the police force are now named to the policemen who will use it, instead of a particular unit in the PNP as a way to prolong the lifespan of the vehicles. 

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“The vehicles are being issued to the policemen who are duly-authorized by the commander as the drivers of a particular motor vehicle. In this way, we would be able to monitor and identify the persons responsible for even a minor dent,” said Albayalde in a report by Manila Bulletin last year.  

This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.phMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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