Police to secure teachers in Zambo island barangays PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 May 2015 09:08

The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) is laying down the security plan to ensure the protection of teachers assigned in the island barangays against the lawless elements to include kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) once classes open next month.

Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, ZCPO director, disclosed Friday they are coordinating with the City Schools Division Office to determine the number of teachers assigned in schools located in the island barangays.

Casimiro said part of the security plan is to assign policemen to ferry teachers from and to the schools assigned in this city’s island schools.

Dr. Pedro Melchor Natividad, city schools division superintendent, said there are 19 schools, including a national high school, that are located in the island barangays.

Classes in public schools for school year 2015-2016 open on June 2.

Some of the teachers are ferried from and to the islands by ZCPO-owned motorboats while the others travel through watercrafts for hire and escorted by policemen and soldiers.

Casimiro said the security plan will be implemented in coordination with the military’s Task Force Zamboanga and barangay officials.

The plan is aimed to protect the teachers from falling victims to kidnappings as what had happened in the past years.

Three teachers were kidnapped in January 2009 as they were on the way to this city’s mainland coming from Sacol Island.

In December of 2011, militiamen have foiled an attempt by suspected KFRG members, who barged into the school, to seize three teachers in Sitio Tigui, Limaong Island.

A teacher was kidnap in December 2013 by gunmen while her companions managed to escape while traveling aboard a motorboat coming from a school in Sitio Sibugtok, also in Limaong Island.

Casimiro said that personnel will be also assigned to patrol in areas leading from and to the schools in this city.