THE Zamboanga City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) has passed a resolution requesting the Philippine National Police (PNP), through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), to increase the number of police stations in the city from 11 to 22.
Mayor John Dalipe, who chairs the CPOC, said Tuesday, July 18, 2023, the resolution was approved during the council’s third quarter meeting held on Friday, July 14.
Dalipe said it is aimed at intensifying police visibility to curb criminality in this city’s 98 villages.
Dalipe said the proposal seeks to create 11 new police stations in addition to the existing 11, taking into consideration the population and geographical location of each police station.
He said the city government will provide the lots and construct the police station buildings, while the PNP will provide the necessary personnel of at least 45 each precinct.
The CPOC also suggested that bonafide residents of Zamboanga City will be given priority in the local recruitment of police officers even as it was observed that only very few locals had applied for the police during the recent hiring. Majority of the applicants were non-residents of the city.
Police Colonel Alexander Lorenzo, Zamboanga City Police Office director, has also admitted that of the 1,670-strong personnel of the Zamboanga City Police Office only a small fraction is native to Zamboanga.
Meanwhile, the CPOC has also approved another resolution that sought to deploy at least two policemen in each of the city's 98 villages.(SunStar Zamboanga)