Lobregat turns over five speedboats to PNP, AFP PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 June 2011 17:44

Committed to be ever-aggressive in its assistance and support to public safety, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday afternoon led city government officials in turning over 5 speedboats to the police, military and the City Agriculturist Office.

Intended to help thwart lawlessness at sea, the watercrafts powered by 16 horsepower engines could accommodate 10 passengers each. Each costs P150,000 or a total of P750,000 for all the five units.

Of the 5 units turned over, 2 were given to the police; 2 were given to the Task Force Zamboanga while 1 was given to the City Agriculturist Office. 
The simple turn over ceremony held at the Paseo del Mar, was attended by City Police OIC director Col. Edwin de Ocampo, Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Buenventura Pascual, City administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., City agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, City Hall chief executive assistant Mario Roca and other city officials.
The police will deploy the two units to Labuan and Manicahan while the Task Force Zamboanga will deploy the watercrafts to Bolong. The unit assigned to the City Agriculturist Office will be used for roving purposes.

Mayor Lobregat said peace and order is still the primary concern of the city government in donating the speed boats. However, he stressed the same can be used for other purposes including the campaign against the illegal smuggling of black corrals and marine products as well as ferrying teachers to and from the islands.
Last year, the city government donated a total of 10 pump boats to the police.

Lobregat said the pump boats form part of the city government’s continuous commitment to support and assist the police and the military with the main objective of deterring kidnapping incidents and maintaining peace and security in the islands and coastal areas.

These (speedboats) are intended to augment the present fleet of watercrafts of the police and the military, the mayor stressed.
Meanwhile, Col. De Ocampo and Col. Pascual expressed appreciation to the mayor for continuously supporting the needs of the police and the military saying the new watercrafts will be a big help to their sea operations. — Sheila Covarrubias