Climaco reaffirms support for PNP PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 November 2015 11:52

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Mayor Beng Climaco reaffirmed her commitment to the security forces in the City, vocally expressing her support for the men and women of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and lauding their dedication to public service.

“We in the City of Zamboanga support the PNP and all the laws to enhance the women and men to better their service. We are with you, we are behind you, we work with you, and we walk with you,” declared Climaco in a public hearing for House Bill 1725, known as the PNP Modernization Bill Friday, November 13.

“Tutulungan namin ang mga PNP women and men because your success is also the success of every Zamboangueño family,” she said.

The public hearing was spearheaded by the Committee on Public Order and Safety for the purpose of gaining the thoughts, views, and inputs from PNP personnel in Zamboanga Peninsula on the provisions of the proposed bill.

Presiding over the public hearing was Vice Chairperson for Public Order and Safety Representative Samuel Pagdilao together with Representative Francisco Ashley Acedillo of the Magdalo Party List, Zamboanga City District I Representative Celso Lobregat and Zamboanga City District II Representative Lilia Nuño.

In her message, Climaco highlighted the local government’s priority thrust on security and its consistent support to the PNP, manifested in the LGU’s numerous security initiatives and projects as well as a Php 200 M budget earmarked for the PNP.

“Majority of this will go to the PNP and it will increase by 2016. That is how we want to support the PNP and law enforcement agencies,” said Climaco.

The LGU also fought aggressively, explained Climaco, to have the PNP entrance exams administered in Zamboanga City, a request which was recently approved by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM).

With security one of her top priorities, Climaco also put forward inputs and suggestions for the proposed HB which included the enhancement of the EOD unit, the anti-kidnapping and anti-illegal drug programs, the synchronization of military and police procedures and operations, the implementation of gender and development programs, and the active presence of PNP in advisories in social media.

Participating in the public forum were PNP personnel from the City and Regional offices, representatives from NAPOLCOM and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), police retirees, and other stakeholders.

The HB 1725 is an act providing for the Philippine National Police Modernization program and for other purposes. It intends to establish a highly efficient and competent police force which is national in scope and civilian in character. — Jasmine Mohammadsali