Mayor Beng Climaco Sunday afternoon showcased the city’s strong commitment to security as she turned over to Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa the P29M newly-constructed City Police headquarters at the back of City Hall.
Considered as a monumental testament to the Climaco administration’s support and assistance to the police, the new PNP headquarters is one of the city-funded infrastructure projects included in the 2016 budget.
Since her assumption in office in 2013, Mayor Climaco’s allocation for the security sector has reached over P800 million and the assistance comes in the form of infrastructures, transportation and communication facilities, firearms, fuel, office supplies including computers as well as allowances for police personnel among others.
The mayor in her message during the project turnover vowed to continue her administration’s support to the police and military if only to ensure the safety and security of the people and Zamboanga City.
De la Rosa for his part, expressed immense gratitude to the City Government and Mayor Climaco as he assured that the PNP is exhausting its best efforts to comply President Duterte’s instruction to intensify campaign against criminality and all forms of lawlessness.
The turnover ceremony which was held after the Dia de Zamboanga commemorative program was highlighted by the ceremonial signing of the marker by the Mayor Climaco, de la Rosa, Regional Police chief PCSupt. Billy Beltran, former City Police Director PCSupt. Angelito Casimiro and incumbent OIC City Police Director Col. Luisito Magnaye.
The turnover activity capped the activities celebrating 80th Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga marking the day when the first set of City officials were installed into office, a few months after President Manuel L. Quezon signed the law making Zamboanga as a chartered city on October 12, 1936. (Sheila Covarrubias)