Zambo provinces get 42 patrol jeeps PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 January 2016 14:48

by ALLEN ABASTILLAS

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento formally turned over Wednesday 42 Mahindra police patrol jeeps to two provinces in Zamboanga Peninsula.

Sarmiento personally handed over the vehicles to police commanders and mayors of the respective towns of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur provinces during a simple rite held at the headquarters of Police Regional Office 9 in Camp Abendan, Barangay Mercedes, Zamboanga City.

At least units went to the Zamboanga Sibugay and the 26 others to Zamboanga del Sur.

“The patrol jeeps would help our police in the areas for quick security response and the operational plan ‘Lambat Sibat’ conceived by former Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas,” Sarmiento said.

The DILG will be distributing at least 1,454 patrol jeeps nationwide to upgrade police operations and security service.

Police Director Juanito Vaño Jr., director for logistics of the Philippine National Police said they have distributed 747 patrol jeeps to 39 provinces in the country since May this year.

The remaining 707 units would be distributed in January next year to provide security in the forthcoming May 2016 elections.

“The patrol jeep units will render our police for quicker response, reach the areas and render fast services,” Vaño said.

He said the patrol jeep can carry 12 passengers and have been tested for rough terrain and different types of road conditions and would be used as workhorse for police operations.

The turnover rite was dubbed as “Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding the Rule of Law.”

Sarmiento and Vaño were welcomed by Police Regional Office 9 Director Chief Supt. Miguel Antonio Jr.

Sarmiento thanked the different mayors in the region for giving their support to the police most especially in logistics for operations in the maintenance of peace and order.

The DILG chief disclosed that there will be recruitment for police training next year with 10,000 qualified persons having police eligibility, college graduates, natural born Filipino.

“We need to recruit new policemen and remove those unfit in the service. We will retain the good policemen and fit for the service. Meron doon carnapper na policeman sa Manila pinapahanap ko at para makasuhan at matanggal na. Marami pa tayong  matitinong policemen,”Sarmiento told newsmen.

Sarmiento told the mayors that there will be recruitment for the Bureau of Fire Protection next year.

“Localize na po ang recruitment next year para sa mga qualified para hindi na umuuwi palagi sa kanilang probinsiya,” Sarmiento said. —  Allen Abastillas