ZAMBOANGA CITY: Sulu residents on Friday thanked the provincial government for building a new police outpost aimed at discouraging lawless elements in the capital town of Jolo.
Residents said police visibility is important to the safety of the public and will add more confidence to businessmen.
“This is a good development because traders like us are now more confident in our business. Police visibility is important not only to us but to the safety of the public against lawless groups,” said local trader Hajji Abubakar.
The new outpost was formally opened this week with Sulu Gov. Totoh Tan leading the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also present were Vice Gov. Sakur Tan, Jolo Mayor Hussin Amin and Vice Mayor Edsir Tan, provincial police chief Abraham Orbita and Prosecutor Annie Marie Ledesma.
Provincial engineer Abdursad Baih said that aside from the the police outpost, the P2-million funding for Sulu’s infrastructure projects included the construction of the provincial prosecutor’s office also in Jolo.
“We have finished many infra projects in the province and there are also more and all these will benefit the people because this is a priority program of Gov. Tan,” Baih told The Manila Times.
The new police outpost is at Jolo’s main business district where the Grand Tulay Mosque is located.
Prosecutor Ledesma said the new building will also be used by the judiciary.