Celso cites constant US-ZC partnership PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 September 2011 17:24

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday expressed appreciation to the American government for the constant support and assistance, as he stressed on the significance of the continuous partnership between the US and Zamboanga City.

The mayor reiterated his overwhelming gratitude to the US government through Ambassador Harry Thomas during the inauguration and turnover of the PNP Crime Laboratory building, a project funded by the US Department of Justice-International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) yesterday afternoon at Camp Batalla in R.T. Lim Boulevard.    “This crime laboratory and all the state-of-the-art equipment and apparatus herein will significantly help our  regional forensic investigators and law enforcers in solving crimes, especially where there are no eyewitnesses to positively identify the perpetrators”, the mayor said in his message during the inauguration activity which was keynoted by Ambassador Thomas.

The mayor hoped that the new and improved Crime Laboratory will ensure the constant training of law enforcers and everyone involved on the fine points of forensic science that will result to what he termed as the Zamboanga Crime Scene Investigators (CSI).

“Once again we thank the United States of America through the Honorable Ambassador Thomas for all the assistance and support not only on law enforcement but also in complementing our plans and programs on education, health and social services that impact the lives of the Zamboanguenos”, the mayor added.
The facility cost the US government some P14 million and is part of the continuous cooperation and friendship between the US and the Philippines particularly Zamboanga City.

Ambassador Thomas in his speech described the building as one of the unique accomplishments of the Philippine and US governments as he thanked the various police officials in the country and the region for their efforts in making sure that the project is realized.

The ambassador challenged all the Police Crime Laboratory personnel and all the other agencies concerned to work with the Crime laboratory  and help protect and always render service and be heroes in the society.

He is confident that with the enhanced capability, the PNP can make great stride s in its mandated duties and responsibilities.

Also present during the inauguration were Gloria Steele, USAID Mission Director; Police Regional Director PCSupt. Elpidio de Asis; Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Western Mindanao Director Felicisimo Khu; PNP Crime Laboratory Director PCSupt. Lorlie Arroyo; Crime Laboratory Deputy Director for Operations PCSupt. Salome Jose; Crime Lab-9 chief, PSupt. Solomon Segundo; ICITAP Asst. Program Manager Tyler Truby; Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTFP)
Commander Col. Francis Beaudette; Westmincom Deput Commander BGEN. Gerardo Layug, other offiicials from the USAID and ICITAP and many others.

Prior to the turn over ceremony at Camp Batalla, Ambassador Thomas had a private lunch with Mayor Lobregat, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and members of the City Council where they discussed various issues affecting the two countries. — Sheila Covarrubias