COA flags PNP for purchase of Mahindra vehicles worth P1.89B


By John Carlo Cahinhinan

The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged the Philippine National Police (PNP) over its purchase of more than 2,000 Mahindra service vehicles worth Php 1.89 billion in 2015.

In its 2017 annual audit report on the PNP, COA noted the absence of “operational needs assessment” before the purchase of 1,656 Mahindra Enforcer and 398 Mahindra Scorpio.

“It follows that during the procurement planning of the patrol vehicles, there was no careful assessment as to the identification of the particular type of vehicle that is appropriate and most suited for emergency situations or hot pursuit operations vis-à-vis the nature of crimes considering that the patrol vehicles are intended o be utilized for mission related activities,” the audit report read.

Of the 2,054 vehicles purchased, COA said 206 were not being effectively utilized “due to frequent breakdowns, poor after sales services and limited availability of spare parts impacting on its vision of a more capable, effective and credible police force.”

In 2015, the PNP purchased 1,656 Mahindra Enforcers worth Php 1.543 billion and 398 Mahindra Scorpio Light Transport Vehicles amounting to Php 349.44 million.

The 2,054 patrol vehicles were intended for distribution to all PNP units throughout the country for their respective anti-crime responses, disaster relief and rescue operations and patrol.