• Zamboanga spends P600M for security

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Close to P600 million have been spent by the local government of Zamboanga in support to peace and order from 2013 to 2015 and much of the funding went to the local police force, health and education.

    And with that support, the police reported that crime volume decreased by 22 percent; and so were the index crimes – with a 25-percent decrease in reported crimes – and non-index crimes also went down by 19 percent. Crimes against persons also decreased by 28 percet; crimes against property decreased by 23 percent; and the average monthly index crime rate also went down by as much as 27 percent, including the average monthly crime rate that decreased by 24 percent.

    Mayor Beng Climaco said the police force performed better because of the support of the residents and the peace and development efforts of the local government.

    Climaco said when she took over as mayor in 2013, her top priority was to improve the peace and order condition in Zamboanga that was marred with daily killings, kidnappings and bombings by rebel groups.

    She said during her leadership, she had doubled the city government’s investment in the peace and order program and the funding for this – P595.316 million – is the highest ever invested by any administration in the past, including Celso Lobregat and her mother, Maria Clara Lobregat, who served as mayors of Zamboanga the past two decades.

    Climaco – who is running for a second term – said the city government turned over 50 units of motorcycles to the police and provided additional firearms and ammunition, and nearly P30 million more for the ongoing construction of the new Zamboanga Central Police Office building.

    “To translate that love for Zamboanga, security, health and education remain our thrust and quantitatively with God’s grace and everyone’s support, we have achieved a quantum leap,” she said.

    Climaco – a key leader of the ruling Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino 3rd – said the massive support she is getting both from nearly a million residents and members of the city council, the locals can expect “bigger things” to come to Zamboanga this 2016 and the years to come. She said the general welfare of the people has always been fundamental to her administration.

    Under her administration, she managed to bring many investors, including KCC Mall, City Mall, Yubenco Mall, among others, banking institutions and car manufacturers. Robinsons Land Corporation and SM Prime Holdings Inc. are also planning to put up malls in Zamboanga City.

    AL JACINTO

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