Quick police reaction force augments Zambo security PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 11:10

A quick reaction unit coming from the Police Special Action Force is on standby to respond to emergency situations in the city.

Mayor Beng Climaco said the quick reaction unit is intended to carry out anti-terrorism operations and to complement and augment forces from the Zamboanga City Police Office and Task Force Zamboanga which has taken over law enforcement and security responsibilities in the city.

Gen. Carmelo Valmoria, erstwhile commander of Task Force Suyud, personally confirmed the mobilization of the quick reaction force during the recent meeting of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) where he also announced about the conclusion of his tour of duty in the city.

“This special unit is here to complete the Task Force Zamboanga and the City Police and to ensure the safety of the constituents,” Mayor Climaco stated.

As this developed, the Task Force Zamboanga  and the Zamboanga City Police Office have expressed their readiness to take on the responsibility of security enforcement in Zamboanga City.

“We will be doing everything to make our City safe and secure,” said TFZ Chief Col. Andreilino Colina.

On Wednesday, October 23, the TFZ and ZCPO have assumed law enforcement and security functions in the City.

Towards this end, the ZCPO, under the leadership of OIC PSSupt Dennis Basngi, will be deploying PNP teams in identified areas, to be complemented by TFZ elements and barangay tanods.

Basngi also added that the ZCPO has already come up with a memorandum circular outlining the turnover procedures and guidelines to be undertaken by the police forces.

Meanwhile, the TFZ will be beefing up its forces, not only in the affected barangays, but also in the East and West Coast as part of its measures to tighten security.

In terms of security forces, Colina assured that there are more than enough military and police elements to enforce and maintain security in the City.

“I want to assure everyone that our forces here in Zamboanga City are more than enough to address any threat,” said Colina.

The TFZ chief further emphasized the need for cooperation between government forces, the barangays and the residents in enforcing security measures.

“We want the cooperation of everybody, especially those people in the barangays. The security of Zamboanga City is not only the sole responsibility of the military and the police, but also the responsibility of each and every member of the barangay,” he said.

In the midst of the returning normalcy in the City, the local government, in coordination with military and police forces, continues to exert every effort to ensure the security and safety of all residents and communities.

On the other hand, the CMC recently approved the proposal to establish a Maritime Police Unit in Rio Hondo as an additional security measure.

“This is a welcome development for we will be assured of additional forces and assets to guard our waters from intrusions and lawless elements,” Climaco added. — SEC/Jasmine Mohammadsali