City’s support to PNP swells to 401 million PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:33

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

To further boost the capability of the city’s law enforcers, Mayor Beng Climaco has ensured that allocation for security is continuously increasing.

Records from the City Budget Office reveal that allocation for the police and the military for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) and capital outlay (equipment and infrastructure projects), from 2013 to 2016 reaches P401.033M. The amount is sourced from the peace and order funds of the city.

The P401M allocation excludes other support consisting of rewards, allowances, anti-illegal drugs expenses and other assistance that reaches P192M for the same 3-year period.

“Bulk of this amount goes to the police,” Mayor Beng Climaco said emphasizing her administration’s inflexible commitment to security.

On a yearly basis, the budget for the police and military is as follows: P53.64M in 2013; P83.42M in 2014; P198.03M in 2015 and P65.92M in 2016 for a total of P401M.

The support to the police and military is translated into transportation and communication facilities, infrastructure projects such as the ongoing construction of the City Police Office at the back of City Hall, monthly allowances, fuel, repair and maintenance of vehicles, firearms, computers and office supplies and numerous others.

Other than the police and military, the city likewise provides assistance to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) for MOOE and capital outlay- equipment. For the 3-year period, allocation for BFP reaches P15.30M and P9.78M for BJMP.

“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,” Mayor Climaco said in a recent gathering of police forces in the city.

Nonetheless, the chief executive stressed that amidst all these support to the PNP, military and other law enforcement units, the civilian sector has a very important role to play in peace-keeping.

Security is everybody’s responsibility, she said adding that the civilian sector should support and cooperate with the authorities by reporting all the presence of suspicious individuals, packages or items including abandoned vehicles and conduct of suspicious activities in their areas. — Sheila Covarrubias