ZAMBOANGA CITY: Philippine police awarded its personnel who worked hard and painstakingly combed the villages in Zamboanga City – affected by three weeks of street battles between security and rebel forces – and collected unexploded ordnances, explosives, firearms, cadavers and other dangerous materials without regards for their own safety, but civilians.
Several members of Philippine National Police composed of personnel from Police Regional Office 9, Special Action Force, Regional Crime Lab 9, Regional Public Safety Battalion 9, Zamboanga City Police Office, Explosive Ordnance Division from Police Regional Office 9, Zamboanga City Police Office, Armed Forces of the Philippine, who are members of Task Force Suyod were given awards and commendations by Police Director Carmelo Valmoria, of the PNP Special Action Force and the Task Group commander, and regional police commander Chief Superintendent Juanito Vaño Jr.
The members of the Task Force Suyod were awarded Medalya ng Kagalingan, Medalya ng Papuri and Medalya ng Kasanayan for “having demonstrated exemplary efficiency, loyalty and dedication to duty in providing immeasurable support to the operating troops during the implementation of Task force Suyod as well as for their meritorious and invaluable services rendered as members of Task Group Suyod, who conducted clearing and recovery operations in in the villages of Santa Catalina, Santa Barbara, Rio Hondo, Mariki, Talon-Talon, Kasanyangan and Mampang from September 29 to October 20.”
The awarding ceremony was held at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Police Regional Office at Camp Abendan in Zamboanga City.
“The Philippine National Police always recognizes the good deeds and feat of its members, be it in times of war or peace, because of their remarkable contributions towards the accomplishment of the assigned missions and tasks,” Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, told The Times. AL JACINTO