PNP Chief lauds Celso for constant support to PNP PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 January 2011 15:37

Police Director General Raul Bacalzo has commended the Zamboanga City local government under Mayor Celso Lobregat for its aggressive and constant support and assistance to the police stressing that it is a gesture of confidence of the chief executive on law enforcers.

“I thank the mayor (Celso Lobregat) for this gesture of generosity towards the PNP," Bacalzo said Tuesday afternoon after gracing together with Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo the turnover of 66 M4 rifles worth P3.9 million; the beautifully designed Upper Calarian Police Action Center worth P1.4million and a 4x4 jeep worth P400T for the Zamboanga City Police Office under OIC director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo.

Bacalzo said the millions worth of projects donated by the Zamboanga LGU to the police is a support system showing that despite the erring few, the rest of the 132,000 police forces nationwide are deserving of recognition and commendation.

“This is heeding my call that it is not only punishment but we also need reward for policemen, a support system like guns and beautiful buildings for police stations," the PNP director said adding “ito po ang kailangan ng ating mga pulis na gumagawa ng mabuti  (these are what our good performing policemen require),  they deserve a tap of recognition by providing them decent building and necessary firearms and equipment”.

Some other LGUs particularly the financially-stable ones are doing the same as the Lobregat-led Zamboanga LGUbut the intensity and degree of support of Mayor Lobregat is something that surprises many including himself, according to Bacalzo. “The firearms are not only loaned but donated to the police so they became the property of the police and that gesture of confidence of the mayor to the police ay masusuklian lamang ng ating mga pulis ng magandang trabaho at magandang paggawa ng mabuti para sa ating mga kababayan”

Due to budget constraints, the PNP could not provide the necessary support to police stations in the country. The constant assistance by the Zamboanga LGU to the police is a demonstration of the city government’s commitment to public safety which complements 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.

The firearms (for the ZCPO), police action center (for Upper Calarian) and vehicle (for the Sangali Police Station) turned over to the police in Zamboanga Tuesday were part of the P10million worth of Zamboanga LGU-funded projects that included a health center and a fire station for Upper Calarian and another 4x4 vehicle for the military’s Task Force Zamboanga.

Over the last three years, the Lobregat administration has initiated and funded the P1.6 million renovation and restoration of the Central Police Station; P4.1 million construction of the Sinunuc Police Station; P3.4 million construction of the Ayala Police Station; 10 watercrafts or pumpboats; 12 units 4x4 jeep; 6 units multi-cab; 3 unit Mitsubishi L-300; 4 Honda motorcycles; 25 units mountain bike; communication facilities like Smart handy phones and handheld radio sets.

Other than infrastructures, transportation and communication facilities, the city government under Mayor Lobregat, has also increased the allowances for police personnel. The P200 monthly allowance that police personnel have been receiving for 11 years (1995 to 2006) was increased to P300 in 2007 to P500 in 2009 and P700 in 2010. In a matter of four years, the appropriations for the monthly allowance increased six-fold from P1.69 million in 1995-2006 to P3.78 million in 2007-2008; to P6.36 million in 2008 and P8.90 million in 2010 due to the increase in allowances and in the number of personnel. And effective July 2010, the P700 allowance per police personnel has been increased to P1,000.

Last March, the Zamboanga LGU also turned over to the Zamboanga city police office 50 units of armalite rifles and the Recodo police action center. At present, plans are underway for the construction of a similar police action center in Barangay Manicahan. -- Sheila Covarrubias