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PIA Press Release
2008/02/14

Zambo, 5 others vie for "Best CPO Award"

Zamboanga City (February 14) -- Zamboanga City is one of the six highly urbanized cities in the country selected to vie for the "Best City Peace and Order" Council award, a search organized by the National Police Commission and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

As this developed, Mayor Celso Lobregat expressed elation over this development but stressed that the city government undertakes all efforts to help sustain the city's peace and order situation "without thinking of getting an award".

A three-man team, commissioned by the NAPOLCOM Manila was in the city yesterday to evaluate the performance of the Lobregat led City Peace and Order Council during the past years.

The team, led by Zenonida Brosas of the National Security Council called on Mayor Lobregat at City Hall yesterday morning where they also took the opportunity of asking questions regarding the city's support and assistance program for the Zamboanga City Police Office, the Task Force Zamboanga, City Fire Department, the City Reformatory Center and other law enforcement agencies under the DILG.

"Here in Zamboanga City we do everything possible without thinking of getting an award but if we win the award we would be very proud to receive it", Mayor Lobregat said.

Lobregat in his briefing before the team members emphasized the city's vigorous campaign to implement the gun ban, a practice that is being replicated by the local government units of the nearby provinces like Sulu and Basilan.

The mayor also informed the team about the relentless drive to correct the misimpression that Zamboanga City is a conflict area, which is merely brought about by the incorrect dateline attribution.

"We are a victim of bad and negative publicities", Lobregat said.

The city government has been all out in its support and assistance to the police and military ranging from transportation and communication facilities, infrastructure facilities including computer units and allowances to the police, firemen, jail personnel and aviation security personnel.

In 2007, the city turned over a 4x4 jeep each to the police and Task Force Zamboanga; 20 computer units; Smart handyphones to police sub-stations without telephone connections; and increased the monthly allowances for law enforcers.

Lobregat stressed that the support and assistance will continue in an effort to sustain peace and tranquility in Zamboanga.

Accompanying the evaluation team to City Hall yesterday morning were City Police Director Col. Manuel Barcena, Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Darwin Guerra, City DILG Director Pedro Cuevas, City Jail Warden Col. Pepito, City Fire Marshall Col. James Ramirez and other officials.

Councilor Abdurahman Nuno also joined the meeting and also talked about efforts of the barangay sector in helping maintain a stable peace and order situation in the city.

The NAPOLCOM has selected Zamboanga as one of the finalists in the nationwide search based on the CPOC?s accomplishment report which is being submitted to the agency yearly through the DILG. (CIO/PIA 9-zc) [top]

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