Council OKs resolution arming brgy officials PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 11:18

The City Council, in its regular session last Wednesday, approved a resolution activating the Barangay Peace and Order Councils (BPOC) to complement the efforts of local authorities in fighting criminalities in Zamboanga City.

District 2 topnotch Councilor Roel “Elong” Natividad, author of said resolution, also hinted about beefing-up and arming of barangay officals so they can be as effective as expected in manning their respective areas’ security.

“Although, daan ya ta existi este particular systema de armar con maga barangay tanod, pero hende pa todo del maga concierne barangay ta implementa, porcausa que falta el di ila fondo para compra maga armas de fuego,” Natividad lamented, over RPN’s ‘Zamboanga, Tiempo Ya!’ radio program yesterday morning.

Natividad, who is the chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Peace and Order, however, confirmed that some barangay officials in the city, own more than one firearm, “so it may not be surprising, and there is nothing new in this proposal to arm these officials and their tanods, if that’s the only way to help minimize crimes in Zamboanga”.

Natividad said with his motion’s approval, it is expected now, that all officials of the 98 barangays, will have to effect a combined citywide crime-fighting campaign, “meaning, their effort should not only be concentrated in their respective barangays, but all throughout Zamboanga City”.

He said that such joint effort can be more effective with the re-activation of a common communication network, equipped with a repeater system, which will link all barangays to both the police and Task Force Zamboanga, especially, in times of emergency.

“We will also refresh these barangay officials, on the idea of doing inventories of their resident-constituents, for them to know, as to who are the new faces in their areas of responsibility.

Natividad also explained that in the immediately succeeding CPOC meeting, which is tentatively set next week, it is expected that all barangay chairmen and chairmen of peace and order committees in their respective barangay councils, will have to be part of such organization.

“Since it will entail a venue, bigger than the conference room in City Hall, I will suggest to Mayor Beng (Climaco), that the next CPOC meeting be held at the Centro Latino Convention Center inside Paseo del Mar,” — Philip Abuy