Lobregat urges full support, cooperation to new ZCPO OIC PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 August 2012 14:01

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday welcomed Sr. Supt. James Mejia as the new City Police OIC Director and urged the different police station chiefs and other ZCPO personnel and staff to extend full support and cooperation to their new commander for the best interest of the city and the people. 

Mejia, former commander of the Regional Police Safety Battalion, formally assumed as OIC City Director yesterday, replacing Chief Supt. Mario Yanga, who served the ZCPO, on a temporary basis from April 3 to July 31, on a concurrent capacity as Assistant Police Regional Director for Administration.

He paid a courtesy call on Mayor Lobregat in City Hall in the morning, after which, he was escorted by the chief executive to the City Police headquarters where the latter also met with the station commanders and other police personnel and staff together with the new OIC director.

As he welcomed Sr. Supt. Mejia, Mayor Lobregat thanked Chief Supt. Yanga for the work he has done during his short stint at the ZCPO. He called Yanga through phone to personally convey his gratitude.

Lobregat said he knows Mejia, as the two of them worked together in the solution of some kidnapping incidents in the past when the latter was then the Chief of the PRO-9 Intelligence Division. “I know his capability and I am sure he can carry out the mandates of the office efficiently”.

The chief executive directed the new City Police OIC director to make an inventory of all shooting incidents that occurred in the city and to determine the status of each case.

“Our marching orders for Col. Mejia is to take stock of the incidents and to do everything possible to solve all pending cases and to prevent further shooting incidents in the city”, the mayor told reporters in an interview after Mejia’s courtesy call. He admitted though that the solution of most of the crime incidents may not be easy, as many are motivated by personal grudge.

He likewise reiterated the need for a stricter implementation of the gun ban and hinted that he will await Col. Mejia’s recommendations on how the latter intends to best curb the incidence of crimes in the city.

The mayor also encouraged Mejia to review the staffing pattern in the different police stations in the city and to look into each official’s performance or non-performance.

On the other hand, the chief executive assured his administration’s continuous support and assistance to the police, as he announced that the next batch of 83 armalite rifles purchased by the city government are scheduled for turnover to the City Police anytime soon.

And as he committed to then OIC Gen. Yanga, Mayor Lobregat said, several multi-cabs and L-300 vans are forthcoming to replace old and dilapidated police vehicles and augment the present fleet of transportation facilities based on an inventory done on existing vehicles at the ZCPO.

Meanwhile, Mejia considers his assignment as new OIC City Police Director as a big challenge stressing that Zamboanga City’s peace and order situation is very challenging.

“I do not take congratulations because I know Zamboanga’s [situation] is difficult, meaning, challenging peace and order situation,” he told reporters but stressed that he will immediately meet with the station commanders and other ZCPO officials and staff and come up with new measures or approaches for the betterment of the peace and security of the city.

He likewise cited need for public support and cooperation specifically witnesses to the crime incidents and the availability of evidences to ensure solution to the various crime incidents. —Sheila Covarrubias