Zambo mayor reconstitutes peace and order council

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 3 (PNA) -- Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salzar formally reconstituted on Monday the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), the body that will address current problems of insurgency, rebellion, criminality, terrorism or disruption of public order which threaten this city’s unity and security.

Executive Order BC-01-2013, Salazar’s first official document, was signed after the peace and order stakeholders meeting in City Hall where she was briefed on the security situation by the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) and Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ).

“Local leaders and their constituents who are in the best position to assess and solve the local peace and order problems and concerns should work hand in hand to ensure the preservation and maintenance of peace and order as the foundation for development, stability and security,” Salazar said.

The creation of the CPOC is mandated under Section 116 of the Local Government Code of 1991, pursuant to Executive Order 309 as amended, series of 1998, E.O. 739 (Reorganizing the Peace and Order Council) dated August 19, 2008 and the recent E.O. 773 dated January 5, 2009, “Further Reorganizing the Peace and Order Council.”

The city mayor is the chairperson of CPOC with the vice mayor as vice chairman and members--the chairman of the City Council Peace and Order Committee, City Prosecutor, Public Information Agency, TFZ, ZCPO Director, District Engineer, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Director, Division of City Schools Superintendent, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO)–East and West, Land Transportation Office, National Commission on Indigenous People, City DILG Director and private sector representatives, among others.

Salazar said she envisioned a “safe and crime-free Zamboanga City enjoying a vibrant, investor-friendly economy that is globally-competitive, able to provide jobs to its people and can secure a better future for our children.”

It is also the vision of Salazar to attain a “disaster-ready community that shall be able to respond to natural calamities and secure lives of its people.”

These visions are hoped to attain by identifying barangays and areas with the most number of occurrences of crimes, determining the crime volume, inventory of police elements in critical areas, augmentation of personnel for security operations in offices and streets, realignment and rationalization of police elements in accordance with existing security situation, military complementation in security and utilization of civilian volunteers organization and barangay tanods as force multipliers.

Salazar also underscored the need to beef up police and military visibility and deployment. (Teofilo Garcia/Media ng Bayan)

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