City turns over 6 L-300 vans to Zambo police PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:24

The city government aggressively pursues its assistance to the police as it turned over yet another project package intended to improve the security and peace and order in Zamboanga.

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday morning along with Councilors Percival Ramos, Rudy Lim, VP Elago, Mike Alavar, Eddie Saavedra and Nonong Guingona, spearheaded the turnover of 6 L-300 vans to Police Regional Director PCSupt. Napoleon Estilles and City Police OIC Director PSSupt. James Mejia during rites held in front of City Hall.

The turnover rite held at the City Hall grounds was preceded by a simple but memorable program at the conference room in honor of Sec. Jesse Robredo, a few hours before he was interred in Naga City noontime yesterday. The program, highlighted by a 23-minute tribute documentary produced by the city government in memory of Sec. Robredo, recalled the numerous visits of the secretary to Zamboanga and his attachment to the city government, the agencies under the DILG and the entire Zamboanga in general.

Mayor Lobregat said the 6 L-300 vans were given as replacement of vintage vehicles donated by the city government 25 years ago and which were considered economically beyond repair.

The six L-300 vans are brand new vehicles purchased by the city government at a cost of P865, 000 each for a total of P5.1 million.

Along with the L-300 vans, the mayor also turned over to Sr. Supt. Mejia several units of binoculars for use by the Tourism Police at the Paseo del Mar.

In a message, Gen. Estilles expressed gratitude to Mayor Lobregat, the Sangguniang Panlungsod and the city government for the continuous assistance to the police. “Wala na ho sigurong dahilan para dumami ang mga shooting incidents dito sa Zamboanga kagaya ho ng sinabi namin noong nakaraang turn over ng multicabs siguro darating ho yong panahon na yang placard na yan 121 magiging irrelevant, na so thank you”.

Last August 14, it is recalled, Mayor Lobregat turned over to the police, 11 multicab vehicles also in line with his administration’s ever-aggressive assistance and support to law enforcement agencies that include the police and military.

Mayor Lobregat then announced that the multi-cab vehicles were part of a series of project package that the city government will turn over to the police this August.

Of the total 11 multicab vehicles handed over to the police August 14, seven were for replacement while 4 were purposely to augment the fleet of vehicles donated by the city government to the police.

The 7 replacements are assigned to various police units while the new four units will be assigned to the Tourist Police, Ayala Police Station, Recodo COMPAC and Sta. Maria police station.

Over a month ago, Mayor Lobregat together personally inspected all police vehicles donated by the city to determine which are for replacement and for repair.

According to Mayor Lobregat, most of those replaced vehicles were 2001, 2003 vintage and are economically beyond repair.

Also present during the turnover yesterday morning were Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Buenaventura Pascual, DILG City Director Atty. Mohammad Arakama, former City Police OIC Director PSSupt. Edwin de Ocampo, WMSU President Dr. Milabel Ho, ZSCMST President Dr. Milavel Nazario and Zamboanga-Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Eddie Chua and representatives from the different agencies under the DILG. — Sheila Covarrubias