Beng bares hike in city’s assistance to local police PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:12

Mayor Beng Climaco revealed yesterday that the city government under her administration has increased in financial assistance to the local police force from P113.5 million last year to P191.84 million this year.

She told the media briefing yesterday that the increase is in consonance with her administration’s priority on the security of Zamboanga city, especially now that it is slowly recovering and rebuilding back better from the September siege.

The lady chief executive admitted, however, the city is beset with peace and order problems despite the assistance to the police. “But, rest assured, we in the city and the police are doing everything we can to address these concerns,” she said.

Climaco added that the barangay officials are also encouraged to help maintain peace and order in their respective areas of jurisdiction, for which the city government distributed last week hand-held radios to 14 barangays at five units each for faster communication in times of emergency.

That completed the 36 barangays under District 1 with communication facilities and eight island barangays of District 2. The rest will receive their radios in due time.

Climaco acknowledged the concerns of the business sector on the city’s peace and order situation, particularly the “Enough is Enough” group that urged the local government and the police to do something about the spate of killings and kidnapping cases.

She stressed her administration welcomes criticisms from the public and she even suggested that when people criticize government they must also offer solutions to the problems.

“Our call is for everyone to contribute to peace-keeping effort. Let us not give up on the people of Zamboanga. It is okay to criticize, but we also ask what people can contribute because the city government is exhausting all means to support the police and the military,” Climaco pointed out.

Recall, the mayor met last week in City Hall with the security sector, the business group and other civil society organizations and concerned citizens regarding the current security situation in the city. — Vic Larato