Mayor gives security forces top priority PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 11:52

Mayor Beng Climaco reaffirms her firm commitment to the security sector, as she extols policemen and soldiers for their bravery and heroism in safeguarding the city and the neighboring areas.

Because of Climaco’s priority thrust on security through the Security, health and Education (SHE) program, the City Government’s allocation for the security is constantly increasing. The support covers infrastructure projects to include the construction of the Zamboanga City Police Office building, transportation and communication facilities, fuel, incentive allowances and other logistics.

Specifically, the mayor is very appreciative of all the efforts of law enforcement units which recently seized components of improvised explosion devices (IEDs) in Gapuh, Talabaan and the subsequent apprehension in Basilan of the suspect, who allegedly intends to sow terror in the city sometime July.

On Thursday, June 25, the chief executive visited soldiers wounded in a recent explosion in Lamitan Basilan, undergoing treatment in a local hospital to personally express gratitude to the uniformed men who put their lives at risk for the safety and protection of the people in the City and Basilan.

The soldiers wounded in the Lamitan explosion after the apprehension of suspected bomber Al Kobar, belong to the 18th Infantry Battalion under LCol. Cristobal Perez and those wounded in a landmine explosion also in Basilan belong to the 32nd IB and the Special Action Force –who in a combined operation a month ago, intercepted in Basilan at least 76 IEDs that were intended for use in Zamboanga City.

“We commend the intelligence community composed of combined agencies- the Air Force, Navy, Police and Army in the series of operations thwarting the suspects’ evil plans in Zamboanga”, the mayor said as she renewed commitment to support the security sector in terms of logistics and other forms of assistance and support.

For 2015, the City Government has allocated over P200 million. In 2014, a total of P200.1 million was allocated which was almost double the 2013 allocation of P113.5M. The projects included the procurement of 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 Task Force Zamboanga.

The new Zamboanga City Polie Office building, costing over P29 million will break ground tomorrow, June 30. It will be constructed at the former Zamboanga Barter and Goods Retailer Association (ZAMBAGORA) area, at the back of City Hall. Police outposts will also be constructed in various barangays.

A total of P117million, contained in the 2015 supplemental budget is intended for the city’s Public Safety and Surveillance Project (PSSP) seeks to establish a world-class data center that is reliable, secure and scalable to be an intelligent citywide command center retrofitted with data security firewalls, fire control, precision cooling, network monitoring system, and will house various servers for different applications running the public safety program. Sheila Covarrubias