Zambo shorelines under tight watch by TF Naval PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:50

The Naval Task Force has taken over from the Zamboanga City Police Office the responsibility of keeping watch on the city’s long shorelines in both the east and west coasts, which are considered very vital to the security of the city.

Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro, officer-in-charge of the ZCPO, told the weekly press briefing in City Hall yesterday afternoon that under the integrated public safety plan it is now the responsibility of the Naval task group to keep the coastal areas under tight security.

He said the plan was a result of a strong coordination among the different law enforcement agencies in the city, primarily the ZCPO, Task Force Zamboanga, Coast Guard, the Navy and now the 11th Mobile Battalion Landing Team which replaced the 3rd MBLT.

Casimiro said the Naval task group camp will be established at the Mindeva property in Rio Hondo considering its proximity to the mangrove areas and other waterways to include the Sumatra and Paniran strong points that were used by the rebel group during the Zamboanga siege in September last year.

To recall, Mayor Beng Climaco together with Casimiro and other security officials conducted a shoreline inspection last week for purposes of mapping out security plan for the coastal areas.

“During that inspection, we really saw the predicament on security for the areas inspected and with the help of the city government in the procurement of the necessary facilities we will have a strong security plan for our shorelines,” Casimiro said.

However, Casimiro pointed out that the police and military can only do very little without the support and cooperation of the public. “Our security plan can only be effective of we have the full support of the people and the barangay officials,” he stressed.— Vic Larato