Climaco bares more logistics for local police, TFZ this 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 February 2015 13:51

Saying that the outcomes are encouraging with regard to the city government’s support to the security sector, Mayor Beng Climaco recently announced that for this 2015 her administration has increased its logistical assistance for the entire Zamboanga City Police Office and Task Force Zamboanga.

Climaco said already in the pipeline for procurement are 157 handheld radio units with battery packs, 7 motor vehicles, 62 motorcycles and 50 firearms plus 1 police van with complete equipment and accessories for the city police and TFZ.

This year also, a new Zamboanga Central Police Office building will be constructed at the back of City Hall, particularly in the area once occupied by the former Zambagora Barter Trade.

This, Climaco said, as security remains one of her administration’s priority thrusts along with health and education.

“The city’s support to the security sector is ever-increasing and the outcomes are very encouraging. In 2014, a total of P200.1 million was allocated for police logistics, a big leap from the 2013 allocation of P113.5 million,” Climaco said in her State of the City Report last week.

She also pointed in her annual address to the City Council that the fusion of operations by the police, military and other law enforcement units is vital to public safety and security, both in land, air and sea.

Thus, she averred that a comprehensive security plan, which is a collective effort of all units, is in place.

According to her, the national government upon Pres. Aquino’s instruction during his recent visit to the city will issue an executive order that will create a coordinative mechanism for the national agencies, the police, the military and the local government unit.

As far as accomplishments are concerned, the lady chief executive said in 2014 the city police under Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro had neutralized 11 suspected Abu Sayyaf Group members that eventually foiled the group’s evil intentions for the city.

She said six lawless elements were also apprehended and two others were killed in police operations. At least 28 most wanted persons at the city and police station levels and 269 other fugitives were likewise arrested.

The mayor also cited the police for having successfully conducted last year 315 anti-illegal drug operations that led to the arrest of 513 suspected drug pushers, confiscation of 1,575.94 grams of shabu with a total market value of P6.72 million, and 319 cases were filed in court for violation of the anti-drugs law.

Other police accomplishments in the year that was included the 11.50% reduction in shooting incidents at 145 in 2014 as compared to the 2013 record of 164 incidents; 50% reduction in kidnapping incidents at 2 with 2 victims in 2014 compared to the 4 incidents with 5 victims in 2013.

The local police have also institutionalized the ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnics that resulted in zero casualty during the New Year revelry, for the first time ever.— Vic Larato