Estilles cites Zambo for huge aid to police PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 December 2012 14:30

Zamboanga City’s assistance and support to the local police is unparalleled and unmatched boosting law enforcement and peace keeping efforts.

Police Regional Director PCSupt. Napoleon Estilles emphasized this Thursday, as he received the fourth batch of firearms from Mayor Celso Lobregat forming part of the City Government’s ever-aggressive and never-ending assistance to the police during the last five years.

“I have been to many parts of the country. I have been assigned in Region1, 2 and 7 pero dito lang ako nakakita ng palaging may nanggagaling [tulong] sa local government”, Estilles said during turnover rites for 83 firearms at the local police office.

He admitted that he could no longer count the times he attended turnover of projects from the city government to the police since he was assigned at the Regional Police Office.

He recounted that two weeks ago, he read in the papers about the enormous investments that the City Government has poured in for the education sector in Zamboanga but he stressed “hindi lang ho edukasyon ang binibigyan ng City kundi ang kapulisan, saksakan na ho ng dami hindi na mabilang”.

“Kung minsan nga ho nahihiya na akong pumunta rito [to attend turnover ceremonies] kasi palagi lang kami tumatanggap,  hindi naman kami nagbibigay,”,the Police Regional Director said in jest.

Since improving the City’s finances, Mayor Lobregat has initiated projects and programs to help support the needs of the local police in line with his thrust on public safety.

These initiatives include the construction/repair of police stations, community police action centers, provision of transportation facilities to include 4x4 jeeps, L-300 vans and multicab units as well as pumpboats, appropriation for oil, lubricants and for vehicle repair, handheld radios, telephone connections, computer units and allowances for members of the police and other law enforcement units and firearms among others.

Of the total number of vehicles at the City Police Office, 9 come from the national government while 62 are donated by the local government.

Other than assistance to the police, the Lobregat administration likewise appropriated funds for various projects for other law enforcement units such as the Bureau of Jail Management, Bureau of Fire Protection, Aviation Command and others in the form of construction/ repair of detention cells, fire stations, fire trucks, including allowances for firemen, jail personnel, aviation security personnel and numerous other forms of assistance.

No less than the late Interior and Local Government Secretary in one of his visits to Zamboanga has applauded the local government for its constant support to DILG agencies.

During turnover of the barangay hall, fire station and health center at Upper Calarian sometime in 2011, Robredo said that he has been mayor of Naga City for 19 years but it pales in comparison with Zamboanga City when it comes to assistance and support to the police, the barangays, the fire and other agencies under the DILG. — Sheila Covarrubias