LGU allots P200M, PNP P16.8M in 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 November 2015 11:51

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco highlighted on Friday, the city’s ever-increasing support to the security sector particularly to the police, as a show of support and gratitude to the law enforcers who continuously exert effort to keep Zamboanga City safe.

Speaking before officers and members of the Philippine National Police assigned in Zamboanga City and Region 9 during the Congressional hearing on RA 1725 otherwise known as the PNP Modernization Act, Mayor Climaco said the city government is consistent in its support to the security sector through various security initiatives and projects.

“The City earmarked over P200M for security and bulk of this goes to the police while the national government allocated only P16.8 million (for MOOE) in 2015,” the mayor said adding “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.”

The hearing was spearheaded by the Congressional Committee on Public Order with Representatives Samuel Pagdilao and Francisco Ashley Acedillo of the Magdalo Party List presiding over the almost 4-hour consultation. Also joining in the discussions were Zamboanga City Representatives Celso Lobregat of District I and Lilia Nuno of District II.

The mayor said the City Government, since the time of her predecessors has been very supportive of the security and with her administration’s thrust on Security, Health and Education (SHE), will continue to increase assistance for the enhancement of the capability of the men and women of the PNP.

She hailed the members of the police for their dedication to public service, as she expressed her all out support to the PNP Modernization.

Nevertheless, she presented to the Committee on Public Order and Safety several recommendations aimed to improve the proposed modernization plan 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.

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

Among the numerous support initiatives of the local government to the police are the purchase of transportation and communication facilities, firearms, grant of monthly allowances to security personnel, construction of the City Police headquarters and the latest is to have the PNP entrance exams administered in Zamboanga City, a request which was recently approved by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM). — Sheila Covarrubias