Security force eyed for city’s watershed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 March 2015 14:07

The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) has proposed the creation of a security group to help protect the watershed area of Zamboanga City from intruders.

In his report during the regular Monday press briefing in City Hall, March 23, Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro said that in a recent security briefing with the Zamboanga City Water Distrcit (ZCWD) and the Marine Battalion Landing Team-1, the ZCPO recommended the organization of a Special Cafgu Active Auxiliary (SCAA) as one of the security measures to address the threats to the City’s water system and supply.

“Though the Water District has been spending millions for the protection of the water resources, we still need the security, especially on the borders,” explained Casimiro.

He disclosed that police forces have monitored people entering the Pasonanca watershed area from the Zamboanga City – Zamboanga del Norte border to cut down trees.

“As of now, we don’t have any indicator that there is a large number of armed groups getting into the Water District (Pasonanca watershed), but we have monitored individuals who are cutting (trees) especially in the borders of the Pasonance watershed area,” he said.

According to Casimiro, the ZCWD is coordinating with its Technical Working Group (TWG) to request military forces for the appropriate training for the personnel who will be making up the proposed SCAA.

Allowances for the auxiliary civilian force will be shouldered by the ZCWD, he added.

For the security of the intake, plants and distribution pipes in the City, the ZCPO will be asking the intelligence community to conduct a security surveillance to be submitted to the ZCWD Board for information and action.

“I believe that our watershed has to be protected, and that is the reason why we reached out to the ZCWD and its officers to inform them that there are threats,” said Casimiro. — Jasmine Mohammadsali