Creation of Security Dept pushed

COUNCILOR Romeo V. Calizo, chair of the City Council committee on police, fire and public safety on Monday proposed the creation of a City Security Department that will manage the security needs of the city in terms of planning, execution and logistics upkeep.

In his special report during the regular session Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy, Councilor Calizo cited unconfirmed reports of some terroristic and insurgency threats.

He said people are asking what the city is doing about this.

He added that the Holy Week is also fast approaching, which involves security measures.

The councilor said he also received information that the city will host one of the meetings of the ASEAN Summit, with about 150 delegates.

“Part of their itinerary disclosed by the Department of Tourism Saturday is a decentralized tour of some tourist destinations of the region including Camiguin. I can just imagine the security requirement,” Calizo stressed.

According to the councilor, it is the responsibility of the city to ensure that the local police office is fully-equipped to meet these challenges.

“As a matter of coming up with a police that we can be proud of in the future, the responsibility of the city is to provide them with proper logistics,” he stressed.

The councilor said there is an apparent negligence on the part of the city in monitoring these logistics.

He clarified that this is not the responsibility of the city mayor nor the City Council.

There must be a department that will look into all these security concerns, he stressed.

Vice Mayor Uy said the proposal of the councilor will be discussed by all members of the 18th City Council as a Committee of the Whole.