The 10-year modernization program of the Philippine National Police recently gained more traction. The ceremonial turnover of an enhanced combat helmet and tactical protective eyewear for the police force was held at the flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines in October 2018.
3M Philippines president and managing director Ariel Lacsamana and Armscor Shooting Center, Inc. president Gina Marie Angangco presented plaques to PNP chief Oscar Albayalde and PNP deputy directors. Armscor Shooting Center, Inc. is a local partner of 3M in the defense industry.
This signified the full delivery later in the year of the first batch of protective headgear for the police force. The force has undertaken the upgrading of soldier protection with the 3M ballistic helmets with the objective of becoming a highly capable, effective and credible police service by 2030.
Ceradyne Inc., a 3M company, designed the state-of-the-art, ultra-light 3M™ Combat II Ballistic Helmet L110 which leverages 3M scientific expertise to deliver the highest level of protection for its weight, based on a technology that has already been proven with the United States military. The effectiveness of the 3M L110 allows military and police forces to receive greater protection and comfort at an industry leading light weight to more easily and safely complete their missions.
The procurement of an initial 14 thousand ballistic helmets are part of the PNP’s modernization efforts to fulfill its vision of being a highly capable, effective and credible police service that works with the community to create a safer place to live, work and do business. The 3M ballistic helmets are the first of its kind to be delivered by 3M in Asia.
“At 3M, we are committed to providing the most innovative ballistic helmet solutions available and continue to push technology boundaries to save lives,” 3M Advanced Materials Division vice president and general manager and Ceradyne, Inc. board of directors chairman Tim Koenig said in a statement. “We also have a proven history of producing thousands of helmets that utilize similar technology to the L110. Our quality and compliance-driven manufacturing has earned 3M a reputation that our customers can trust.”
3M Philippines president and managing director Ariel Lacsamana referred to their company as “a science-based technology company with access to technologies that the U.S. military trusts” and they want to “make sure this is available to the Filipino soldiers protecting us.” He said, “Their lives are worth protecting, every life is.”
“This should give our kababayans (compatriots) more confidence in our own soldiers that they are better equipped to protect our safety and security,” Lacsamana said. “Credit goes to the PNP for being a visionary in exploring the technologies that will best ensure safety for our police force. 3M stands behind the defense industry and look forward to offering similar state-of-the art protective gear for the armed forces.”
Angangco noted that Armscor Shooting Center, Inc. is a proud partner of the PNP and 3M. She said, “Over the years, Armscor has serviced the pistol and ammo requirements of the PNP.”
“Today, we have taken this partnership forward even more, venturing into the protection of our uniformed personnel,” Angangco added. “Armscor is honored to be able to provide the PNP with a more integrated solution to its law enforcement mandate in its bid to become a word-class police force.”
3M has operations in about 70 countries where it serves its customers where they are. This resulted in valuable direct relationships with the company at headquarters and support for local customers throughout the process and delivery.