Dalipe extols ZCPO, bares P700k reward

Mayor John Dalipe Wednesday took pride in what he described as a great honor the achievement of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) under PCol. Alexander Lorenzo for having been adjudged the Philippines’ Best City Police Office 2021 during the recent 121st Police Service Anniversary celebration in Manila with no less than President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. conferring the award.

“Today, we are gathered here to celebrate the victory that recognizes the efforts, dedication and commitment of the men and women of the ZCPO under the esteemed leadership of city director Col. Lorenzo,” Dalipe said during the ceremony Wednesday morning at City Hall grounds.

He said the ZCPO’s award as the Best City Police Office nationwide is a great honor for the people of Zamboanga “as we continue to work together in ensuring the well-being of our people.”

Mayor Dalipe was optimistic in saying that the award will inspire the local police force to continuously work their best and work together to safeguard and prepare Zamboanga City for anything that will come its way.

“Your victory inspires us to continue putting a premium on our service for the Zamboangueño people. Let us continue working together to build a stronger Zamboanga City that is proactive, safe and ready,” Dalipe further said with the assurance that under his administration the city government will always be very proud of the ZCPO.

In conclusion, the local chief executive made a big announcement, to the delight of the men and women of Zamboanga’s Finest—a whooping P700,000 cash incentive, the biggest ever one-time reward given to the local police.

Of the total, P200,000 for ZCPO’s 98.83% in crime clearance efficiency, which boosted the Police Regional Office 9’s ratings to garner the Top 1 Rank in the 2021 Crime Clearance Efficiency, and P500,000 for being the Best City Police Office nationwide for the second time.

Joining Dalipe in honoring the ZCPO were City Administrator Mario Yanga, himself a former city police director and retired police general, and members of the ZCPO Advisory Council. Also present were the 11 city police station commanders. Practically all city police offices throughout the country had vied for the annual award, leading to the three finalists with the ZCPO being No.1 followed by Bacolod and Naga.

For his part, Col. Lorenzo said the award was a result of the concerted efforts of the entire city police force, being consistent with its performance for the whole year, which gave weight for the award.

The ZCPO also ranked high in the simulation exercise conducted during the recent visit of the evaluation team from Manila. “Lahat po ay nag effort po dito… lahat ay nag sunog ng kilay para makuha natin itong 2nd Best City Police award,” Lorenzo said, adding that the award is no reason for contentment.

Lorenzo declared that starting today the ZCPO is preparing for a back-to-back win for the best city police office award next year. “We will be a progressive city police office. We will level up and double up what we have achieved all this time,” he said.

He thanked Mayor Dalipe and the city government for their continued support to the ZCPO.-(Vic Larato)