ZCPO, SCC forge scholarship pact for cops’ kin PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:48

Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) Chief Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro disclosed yesterday that full scholarships will be provided to dependents of police personnel incapacitated or killed in the line of duty.

This, after the ZCPO formalized its partnership with Southern City Colleges (SCC), represented by its president Edwin Caliolio, with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last Friday, March 13.

Under the agreement, full scholarships for elementary, high school and college will be provided to dependents of any police personnel injured or slain in the performance of their duty beginning 2016.

Children of the slain Special Action Forces (SAF) in Mamasapano, including those who hailed from Luzon and Visayas, were also offered educational scholarships, noted Casimiro.

“I told our personnel that even if anything happens to us in the line of duty, we are already assured that our children will be able to have a decent education,” said Casimiro.

The police chief said that scholarship grant will be institutionalized as part of the City Police’s programs and projects for its personnel and their dependents.

Meanwhile, the ZCPO continues its crackdown against illegal drugs with 20 operations conducted from March 9 to 15, resulting in the arrest of 27 suspects.

Police personnel were also able to intercept at least 8,386 board feet of good lumber at RT Lim Boulevard which were turned over to CENRO 9.

A total of 81 individuals were apprehended for violations of different City ordinances. Sixty one were issued citation tickets while 17 rendered community service.

As part of its internal administrative cleansing mechanism, Casimiro reported that the ZCPO has dropped from its rolls 16 personnel with AWOL cases.

“It will be an injustice to the men and women of ZCPO who are working in the streets, day and night, rain or shine. There are people on AWOL, and still, they are receiving their salaries. We are pushing for the stoppage of their pay and allowances,” said Casimiro.