Beng breaks ground for P30M ZCPO bldg PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:17

by Vic Larato

Mayor Beng Climaco together with other city government officials and ranking police officers braved the stormy weather early yesterday morning for the groundbreaking of the new Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) building worth P29.947 million at the former barter trade complex at back of City Hall.

“To the members of the PNP, you will be the ones who will inherit this building. We want to leave this as a symbol of our gratitude to the police and the military who continue to make achievements in protecting the city of Zamboanga,” Climaco said in her message as she spelled out the highlights of her second year as city mayor of Zamboanga.

Climaco said her two years in office was a journey through the storms. “Indeed, we have reached a lot of storms in my two years as city mayor but I hold my head up high because I believe and I have faith in the Zamboangueños and my love for Zamboanga translates it into action.”

Climaco said in two years time under her administration Zamboanga City was adjudged as the emerging secondary city in Southeast Asia by the Lee Kuan Yew University in Singapore.

Zamboanga City was also cited as model for culturally sensitive housing in Jakarta, Indonesia, received the Freedom Flame Award and the Fr. William Masterson Award, among other accolades and recognition for Zamboanga during the past two years.

“All of these are achievements that we celebrate,” the chief executive said.

For his part, city police director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro thanked the city government under the leadership of Mayor Climaco and the Sangguniang Panlungsod for the upcoming ZCPO building.

“This building (once constructed) symbolizes the freedom the thin blue lines are willing to die for,” Casimiro said. “No words can express our gratitude. But thank you. May this building inspire your police more to work for the protection and save the people of Zamboanga,” he concluded.

Present during the groundbreaking ceremony amid the heavy downpour were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar, Melchor Sadain, Rudy Bayot, former councilor Rey Candido as representative of District 1 Rep. Celso Lobregat, and ranking police officers headed by Asst. Regional Director Chief Supt. Ramon Ochotorena.-Vic Larato