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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philipines/23 April 2012 by Sheila Covarrubias—From the first purchase of rifles for the City Police Office since 2010, the fourth batch of rifles shall be purchased. This is part of the City Government’s commitment to continuously support and assist law enforcement agencies for public safety and security.
Mayor Celso Lobregat said the purchase of some 83 more rifles forms part of his administration’s thrust to help upgrade the capability and equipment of the members of the City Police force.
Costing a total of P4.9 million, the funding for the 83 units of high powered rifle Sam Trailblazer M4 rifles is included in the 2011 Executive Budget of the City. Each unit costs P60, 000. Delivery of the purchased rifles is set as soon as all documents are processed.
In 2010, the city purchased a total of 116 armalite rifles in 3 batches which were turned over to the police on two separate occasions. The first 50 rifles were turned over to the ZCPO on 25 March 2010 with then Police Director General Leandro Versoza as guest of honor. The second set of 66 units was turned over last 11 January 2011 in simple ceremonies at the ZCPO headquarters with Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo as guest.
Mayor Lobregat has emphasized that peace and order has always been and will always be the priority of his administration and that the support and assistance to the local police and other law enforcement agencies will not stop for as long as he is the chief executive.
The authorities with the support of the local government are doing everything they can to sustain peace and security in the city, he said.
He said the local government will continue to use its resources to help improve the capability and equipment of the police and other law enforcement agencies.
Aside from firearms, the city government also constructs police action centers, fire stations and detention cells, provides vehicles and fuel and even allowances to law enforcers. (Sheila Covarrubias)
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