PNP assures worthy service vice city’s massive support PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 August 2015 12:40

by Vic Larato


A top official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) from Camp Crame was virtually short of words to express his profound gratitude to the city government of Zamboanga under Mayor Beng Climaco for its enormous assistance to the local police force in terms of logistics and various other forms of support.

“Thank you so much Mayor Beng. In return, we could only promise you and the people of Zamboanga quality and worthy police service of our men and women in the field,” assured Police Director Juanito B. Vano, chief of the PNP Logistics Command at Camp Crame.

Vano, who was in the city as guest of honor during the 114th Police Service Anniversary celebration last Wednesday at the Police Regional Office 9 Headquarters in Mercedes, particularly cited the 50 motorcycles worth P4.7 million that the city government through Mayor Climaco gave to the local police last week and the ongoing construction of the Zamboanga City Police Office building amounting to P30 million at the back of City Hall.

Vano, formerly regional police director for Region 9 prior to his present position at Camp Crame, said the city government of Zamboanga ever since has always been very supportive of the police.

“Sana ang ibang LGU ay ganoon din. Ang tulong ng LGU tulad nung motorsiklo na dinonate ng Zamboanga ay nakapag pagaan sa ating ka-pulisan sa kanilang pag-papatrolya sa mga kalye,” General Vano said.

Specially now, he said, the present thrust of the PNP is to provide strong presence or visibility of the police on the streets rather than staying in precincts or offices.

“So, the 50 motorcycle unites the city has donated is really a big help to the local police in line with our thrust on street patrol,” the police general said.

He further said the PNP through his office is on the process of procuring more equipment and other important logistics for the entire police organization in the country and Zamboanga City will be given its share as well when the time comes.

However, he lamented that the procurement process is too long and tedious following the government’s new procurement law, which explains the delay or slow pace of the PNP’s modernization program as far as logistics are concerned.

“We are now in the a tedious process of procuring P1-billion worth of logistics ranging from firearms and ammunition, patrol vehicles and helicopters to rubber boats and communication gadgets. But I could not tell when will the process be completed and the purchase is perfected. We just have to follow the very carefully the process to avoid legal problems in the future,” Vano explained to the media.

In fact, he added, there are many newly purchased equipment of the PNP that remained unused because of legal impediments.

“Sayang  talaga. These equipment are used instead for evidence exhibits in court litigations. That is why we are now very careful in our procurement system to avoid similar problems,” he said.

Likewise, regional police director Chief Supt. Miguel Antonio thanked Mayor Climaco and the city government for all the assistance already given and those that have yet to be given to the local police.

“Masyado kaming natutuwa dahil sobra-sobra, ng uumapaw ang kanyang supporta sa amin,” Supt. Antonio said of the chief executive.

“Kung wala ang mga supporta na ‘to hindi namin magagampanan ng mabuti ang aming tungkulin bilang pulis,” he said, and in return he vowed the local police must and should serve, do their duties as law enforcers even beyond of what is expected of them. — Vic Larato