Beng banners Zambo’s safety, security at RPOC PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:25

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco presented the city’s safety and security strategies at the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting yesterday at the Garden Orchid Hotel, this city.

She told the RPOC members mostly provincial governors, city and municipal mayors, regional directors of national agencies that safety and security includes water security, economic development, energy security, environmental protection and human security.

To realize these strategies, Climaco said the city government had allocated a big trunk of its budget for safety and security amounting to P595.316 million from 2013 to 2015 mainly because of the siege.

“We realize that we really need to focus making sure our locality is safe,” the mayor said, adding that for 2016 the local government has earmarked the amount of P124.89 million for safety and security, believing that is it the most important aspect not only for the people of Zamboanga but for everyone in the region as well as far as development is concerned.

She said Zamboanga, being the third largest city in the country in terms of land area, has the longest shorelines covering 98 barangays.

“That is why, during the siege the attackers gained entry to the city through the shorelines in Rio Hondo and Mariki. Six barangays were directly affected, but in a way the siege also affected nearby provinces of Basilan and Sulu,” she said.

For now, Climaco also the police would send her situational report first thing in the morning every day. “I get it around breakfast time so that we are updated on the happenings of the locality.”

The local government likewise activated the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC) in support to the ongoing Operation Plans Tokhang and Double Barrel of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and supplemented by the newly organized Oplan Cambio Vida for drug surrenderees.

Citing police report, the mayor reported to the CPOC that from July to August 21, Zamboanga City had accounted for a total of 8,247 drug users and 274 pushers who voluntarily surrendered for fear of getting killed in the ongoing war on illegal drugs.

During the same period, Oplan Tokhang knocked 13,100 houses, while 7,011 drug personalities were turned over to the LGU, and 7,435 more are being processed, of which 236 are pushers.— Vic Larato