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Beng thanks Navy for Rio Hondo station activation


Mayor Beng Climaco expressed elation as the Philippine Navy (PN) yesterday formally activated the Naval Station in Rio Hondo fulfilling its promise to make the barangay least vulnerable to threat groups.

Climaco, who, together with Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, Flag Officer in Command graced the activation ceremony and blessing of the Naval Station Rio Hondo described the event as very special and dedicated the same to the memory of the military troops who offered their lives in defense of the city and its people during the 2013 siege.

“Sa lahat ng mga tropang namatay upang bigyan kami ng kapayapaan dito sa Zamboanga, kami po ay taos-pusong nagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat,” the mayor told the troops present during the ceremony.

She committed to continuously help and support the security sector and share all successes in keeping Zamboanga City safe.

The Naval station Rio Hondo, also called as the Fleet-Marine detachment is located in the government-owned one-hectare property, formerly owned by MINDEVA. Lt. Col. Noel Precioso is the designated station commander.

The construction of the naval station came about following the 2013 siege where Rio Hondo was the staging ground of MNLF rebels. The detachment is expected to complement the existing patrol base in the area and ensure maritime interdiction of approaching sea-going lawless elements. It will also serve as a forward base to house disaster relief and rehabilitation teams, supplies and equipment for immediate deployment when necessary.

Precioso said the station will “add up to the Navy’s upgrading capabilities and confronting challenges of our adversaries and that the same is expected to help boost economic stability of Zamboanga City.

Recall that the government has allocated some P125M for the development of the detachment which include the amount of P50M for land acquisition.

Also present during the ceremony were Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command chief RADM Rene Medina, other military officials and barangay officials among others.  (Sheila Covarrubias)

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