PNP’s inspection official lauds city for support PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 14:12

The team leader of PNP Camp Crame’s annual general inspection of police units in the country has expressed amazement over the City’s aggressive and unrelenting support to the local police, as he vowed to relay to national headquarters about this all out assistance.

Sr. Supt. Benjamin Suratos, head of the Annual General Inspection-Operational Readiness, Security Inspection, Test and Evaluation (AGI/ORSITE), said the support and assistance of the local government through the initiative of Mayor Celso Lobregat is praiseworthy and laudable and should be related to the PNP hierarchy.

“I am amazed that the City Government is very supportive of the police in the city”, Suratos said yesterday after a review of the City Police Office’s  capabilities to include transportations, office buildings, firearms, computers and other equipment—many of which were donations from the city government. 

Suratos was in the city since Sunday to lead the conduct of the AGI-ORSITE which seeks to evaluate the effectiveness, readiness and capabilities, as well as deficiencies of police officers and men in offices and the field.

Prior to the actual inspection, Suratos together with City Police OIC director met with the police station commanders in the presence of Mayor Lobregat at the City Police Office’s conference room.

Suratos said aside from the office buildings, transportation facilities, firearms and other equipment given to the police over the years, the city government is set to turn over to the Local Police more projects in line with the LGU’s commitment to public safety.

“I was also informed personally by the mayor that more support will be coming this year, so in advance I am extending my thanks to the city mayor regarding his commitment to PNP personnel”, the Camp Crame official added.

For his part, Lobregat vowed that the City Government will continue to complement the PNP mission to deliver high quality police services that promote and preserve an atmosphere of security, safety and quality of life for the constituents.

In his message Lobregat cited the unique and distinct situation of Zamboanga as a highly urbanized city as compared to other areas in the country.

The city’s unique situation is attributed to its population, area, location, multi-culture and multi-ethnicity and a host of others.

Lobregat asked Suratos to bring up to the PNP headquarters in Manila about the need for additional police personnel for the local police.

Following the normal police to population ratio of 1:500 for highly urbanized cities, Lobregat emphasized that the over 1,300 police forces assigned at the local police office are not enough.

“Siguro sinasabi mo marami, pero kulang dahil malaki ang population at malaki ang area” (You may say it is a big number but the truth is, it is lacking because the city’s population and area are big), Lobregat told Suratos, who earlier expressed surprise to what he termed as the huge number of police personnel assigned here as compared to little over 300 personnel assigned to Naga City when he was chief of police several years ago.

Lobregat said Naga City has a population of 174,000 as of the 2010 census whereas Zamboanga City has 807,000 also as of the 2010 census making it the 6th in the country in terms of population. Naga’s land area, according to Lobregat, is 84.48 square kilometres while Zamboanga City is the country’s 3rd largest city with a land area of 1,483 square kilometres.

In an interview after the meeting, Suratos committed to bring to the concerned authorities about the city’s requirement for police personnel. “As explained, the City [of Zamboanga] has a big area and big population as compared not only to Naga [City] but to other areas in the country. The number of policemen assigned here is lacking and so the matter of manpower must be acted upon”. — Sheila Covarrubias