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DOZENS OF local government militias have graduated from a 2-month basic military training conducted by the Philippine Army and would be deployed here under the supervision of the Task Force Zamboanga.

Some 66 militias under the Special Civilian Active Auxiliary (SCAA) forces will help authorities secure villages. Captain Danilo Mutoc, of the 5th Infantry Battalion’s Bravo Company, presented the new militias, including a woman who topped their class, to Mayor Beng Climaco last week during a flag ceremony.

Climaco and Vice Mayor Rommel Agan, and other city officials, led the donning of the Task Force Zamboanga insignia on the SCAA members. They will be under the command of Task Force Zamboanga commander, Colonel John Divinagracia.

Mayor Beng Climaco, accompanied by Task Force Zamboanga commander, Colonel John Divinagracia, dons a military insignia to a member of the Special Civilian Active Auxiliary. (Kathy Wee Sit)

The mayor, who is supportive of the military and police forces here, hailed the SCAA members for “their dedication and commitment and urged them to continue to be models of exemplary leadership in field of security and peace and order.”

Climaco has been cited and recognized multiple times by the military and police and other law enforcement agencies for her support.

Only recently, the Philippine Marine Corps also recognized her and the continued support of the local government to the soldiers which contributed to their numerous accomplishments. Climaco was given a plaque of recognition during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Marine Corps.

The plaque cited Climaco’s “invaluable support rendered to the security forces particularly to the Marine Battalion Landing Team 11 by assisting the unit in performing the mission ranging from intensive security operations to civil engagements particularly in the East Central Areas of Zamboanga and by providing additional assets that greatly boosted the unit’s capability which significantly contributed to the successful accomplishments of the mission of the Corps.”

The Philippine Marine Corps and the local police force, and the Task Force Zamboanga were among the recipients of brand new vehicles donated by the local government this year as part of its support to the security sector. Apart from the donation of vehicles, the local government also shells out about P22 million for the police force for its fuel, vehicle maintenance, among other necessities.

Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir, the city police chief, received the prowl cars from Climaco during a simple ceremony attended by policemen who praised the mayor for her “relentless support” to the Zamboanga City Police Office.

Climaco also handed over a pickup truck to General Alvin Parreño, the Philippine Marine Corps Commandant; and Task Force Zamboanga Chief, Army Colonel Leonel Nicolas and Marine Battalion Landing Team 11 Commandant, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Ariel de los Reyes.

Parreño presented Climaco with a token of gratitude and thanked her for the donation.  “Thank you for your love and support to the Marines. God bless you more!” reads an inscription on the token. Climaco said: “The City Government will never get tired of supporting and assisting the police and the entire security sector in Zamboanga and all these for the dedication of the soldiers and policemen in securing our city and our people.” (Zamboanga Post)


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