Private guards take over Camp Crame security
MANILA, Philippines – To be able to deploy more cops to the streets, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced Monday, November 10 that 73 security guards have taken the place of PNP personnel in guarding the gates of its headquarters.
In a statement, the PNP said the 73 were from Right Eight Security Agency (RESA) Inc., assigned to 4 gates in Camp Crame effective last Saturday, November 8.
RESA was the lone bidder for the contract which costs around P21 million yearly, although according to data from the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (Philgeps), the contract which was awarded on October 15, 2014 is worth P19 million.
RESA has had over P133 million worth of government contracts from 2009 to 2014, according to Philgeps. The amount includes the new PNP contract.
Their previous contracts involve the Deparment of Trade and Industry, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, the Intramuros Administration, the Technological University of the Philippines Taguig campus, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation in Davao.
PNP Headquarters Support Service acting director Chief Superintendent Albert Supapo said the guards were also deployed to several other facilities with 4 others tasked as “roving guards.”
According to Supapo, all the security guards underwent a 3-day briefing to familiarize themselves with camp rules. They will be working in three 8-hour shifts inside the camp. – Bea Cupin/Rappler.com