Beng OKs new security concept under TG PoMa PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:10

Mayor Beng Climaco has given her imprimatur to a new security concept with the creation of a joint task group composed of local police officers and Marines from the First Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT-1) in a bid to step up  the already heightened security measures in the city of Zamboanga.

Mayor Climaco told a press briefing in City Hall yesterday morning that the joint Police-Marines-Army (PoMa) security task group still has Col. Andrelino Colina, commander of Task Force Zamboanga, as head for the military  contingent, and City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro as head for the police counterpart.

The MBLT-1 under Col. Ronald Juan has been deployed to the city since November last year.

Col. Juan said a company-size troop of MBLT-1 was recalled from Tawi-Tawi to augment the security force in Zamboanga under the PoMa security concept, which has been implemented and proven effective in other cities.

“With the creation of PoMa and its approval by the mayor, you will see more marines in tandem with policemen on the streets of Zamboanga. We advise the public not to worry about the increased visibility of Marines in the city because they are here only to augment Zamboanga’s security operations,” Col. Juan said.

He explained that the Marines are here only to support the law enforcement operations of the police, especially in the conduct of foot patrols and checkpoints in the east and west coast areas, the city’s land-based entry and exit points.

He nevertheless urged the people of Zamboanga to support and cooperate with the new security concept under Task Group PoMa, stressing that security is after all everybody’s concern. “It will not be effective without the help of the public,” he said.

The joint security Task Group PoMa, Col. Juan added, will in the coming days engage and tie up with civil society organizations in the city, seeking for their support as well. — Vic Larato