Task Force Zamboanga involves CAFGU, SCAA in securing Zambo Print
Saturday, 11 August 2018 13:55

by JEMUEL MOJICA

The Joint Task Force Zamboanga (JTFZ) has disclosed that they have furthered strengthened their security operations in the entire city by also actively involving the Civilian Armed Force Geographical Units (CAFGUs) and even Special Citizens Armed Auxiliaries (SCAAs).

JTFZ commander Col. Leonel Nicolas said that aside from the regular operating troops coming from the Philippine Marines and Philippine Army units here in Zamboanga City, the CAFGUs and SCAAs are also actively involved with the Task Force in securing the entry and exit points of the city particularly those in the coastal barangays.

“With the help of the CAFGUs and SCAAs, we have further enhanced the security measures in and around Zamboanga City,” Col. Nicolas said.

Nicolas said that although there is no imminent threat to the peace and security of the city, the Task Force Zamboanga, nonetheless, has beefed up its security measures in the entire city.

According to him, for  instance, soldiers from the JTFZ have also been detailed to conduct patrol and necessary checking and inspection of all vehicles entering and leaving the Zamboanga Port Area. “This security measure is being carried out by the task force in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard in the local port,” said Nicolas.

The JTFZ commander also said that even in the downtown area and other major thoroughfares in the city, soldiers were deployed to conduct visibility patrol  and in some instances mobile checkpoints especially during nighttime.

Nicolas also appealed to the local populace to help the soldiers and policemen in securing the city by providing any information regarding about the presence of suspicious people or groups in their community.

It can be recalled that Mayor Beng Climaco, who chairs the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC),  has directed the police and the military forces in Zamboanga City to beefed up security measures in the entire city following the Lamitan car bombing in Basilan Province last July 31 which left 10 people dead and several others wounded.—Jemuel E. Mojica