Lobregat turns over 83 firearms to police PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 December 2012 14:28

The City Government under Mayor Celso Lobregat fulfills anew its commitment to public safety, as it turned over to the City Police Office yesterday 83 units of high powered firearms.

The ceremony, held at the City Police Office yesterday morning brought the total number of firearms donated and turned over by the city government to the ZCPO to 199 units from 2010 to present.

But even as he turned over the 83 guns, Lobregat said that preparations are now being made for the purchase of additional 75 units of HP Rifle Sam trailblazer with magazines and accessories also for the local police.

Police Regional Director PCSupt. Napoleon Estilles who accepted the firearms together with City Police OIC Director Col. James Mejia, said he has been assigned to numerous areas before including Regions 1, 2 and 7 but it is only in Zamboanga City where the local government unit has extended a lot of assistance and support to the police.

“Hindi ko na matandaan kung ilang beses na kami pumunta rito para sa turnover ng mga projects. I have been to many parts of the country, I have been assigned in Region 1, 2 and 7 pero dito lang ako nakakita ng palaging may nanggagaling sa local government”, Estilles confirmed.

Two weeks ago, he said, he read in the news about Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, who praised the city government for the enormous infrastructure projects being provided by the Lobregat administration to the education sector. “Hindi lang ho sa education ang binibigyan ng city [government] kundi ang kapulisan din. Saksakan ho ng dami, hindi na mabilang”.

As he received the 83 firearms, Estilles also announced that the RPO-9 is also issuing some 16,600 rounds of ammunition for use of the firearms’ recipients for their training purposes.

Mejia for his part admitted too that without written reports, he would probably be at a loss as to how many times the city government has come to help the police “fight criminals by providing the much needed backing for our move, shoot and communicate capabilities.

He stressed that it is highly essential if the police are the gain the upperhahnd in the campaign against lawlessness. “Zamboanga City is indeed very lucky to have someone like our city mayor whose passion for helping our police implement its mandates is second to one”.

Mayor Lobregat said the turnover of firearms was covered by a deed of donation and is supported by resolutions approved by the City Council.

On April 6, 2010, the city government first turned over 50 units of Sam Trailblazer, followed by 12 units on August 10, 2010 and 54 units on January 11, 2011.

Lobregat said the firearms, along with the other infrastructures and equipment including transportations, computers and other facilities complement the PNP mission to deliver high quality police services.

Lobregat hoped that with the never-ending assistance from the local government unit, the local police will be well placed to rise to different challenges besetting the force specifically on security aspects.

The mayor was with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Jaime Cabato, Eddie Saavedra, Rey Candido, VP Elago and Rogelio Valesco Jr., former CSWDO Francisco Barredo, former Councilor Charlie Mariano, Police Regional Chief of Logistics Col. Edwin de Ocampo and numerous others.

Based on the deed of donation which will be signed during the formal turnover today, the firearms shall be solely and exclusively used in the city for peace and order duties and functions by the ZCPO within the territorial boundary of the city unless the police operation of the ZCPO involves hot pursuit, service of arrest warrants, search and rescue of victims, and similar instances, which may be conducted outside the city’s jurisdiction in pursuit of its mandate to serve and protect the residents of the city.

The ZCPO is to provide a sufficient number of the donated firearms to the City COMPAC and the Tourist Police of the City for them to be able to fulfil their mandate.
The purchase of the firearms and their eventual donation and turnover to the police are supported by City Council Resolutions 918 approved on September 4, 2008 and 207 approved on February 29, 2012.

Over the last 5 years, the Lobregat administration has been favoring the police with numerous forms of assistance to include transportations—both land and sea, construction and repair of community police action centers and police stations, computers, firearms, handheld radios, gasoline and lubricants, cash allowances and numerous others in support of the PNP goal. — Sheila Covarrubias