Zamboanga City Police Office Profile

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The City of Zamboanga is a highly urbanized city located in Mindanao island. It has a population of more than 807,129 according to the latest NSO census. Zamboanga is the 6th most populous and 3rd largest city by land area in the Philippines. It is the commercial and industrial center of Zamboanga Peninsula. Known for Hispanic influences in its culture, it bears the nickname "Asia's Latin City." Chavacano, a Spanish-derived language, is widely spoken in the city. English, Tagalog, and Bisaya are also used by the residents

Zamboanga's exports include rubber, pearls, copra, mahogany, fish, abaca, and fruits. Seaweed production plants in Zamboanga, along with Cebú and Southern Luzon, produce most of the world's supply of carrageenan. Seventy-five percent of the country's eucheuma and kappaphycus seaweed is produced mostly in the Zamboanga peninsula and the Sulu archipelago. Zamboanga is noted as the Sardines Capital of the Philippines because 8 out of 11 sardines companies in the country are operating in the city. The canning factories are converged in the west coast of the city. Sardine fishing and processing account for about 70 percent of the city's economy. Situated at the western tip of the Mindanao mainland, Zamboanga is a natural docking point for vessels traversing the rich fishing grounds of the Zamboanga peninsula and the Sulu archipelago.




-  The major colors of the ZCPO LOGO, the white, blue and red, symbolize the Philippine National Flag;

-  The eleven yellow stars represent the eleven Police Stations, while the two  other white stars represents the two original Zamboanga City Mobile Group. The stations are as follows: Vitali PS 1; Curuan PS 2; Sangali PS 3; Culianan PS 4; Divisoria PS 5; Tetuan PS 6; Sta. Maria PS 7; Sinunuc PS 8; Ayala PS 9; Labuan PS 10; Sacol Island PS 11; and the 1st Zamboanga City Mobile Group Station is located at Santa Barbara, while the 2nd represents the defunct second Zamboanga City Mobile Group whose headquarter was located at Justice R.T. Lim Blvd., infront with Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex.

-  The yellow circle with ZAMBOANGA CITY POLICE OFFICE marking symbolizes the all-encompassing coverage of this police office;

-  At the middle is the Official Seal of City Government that symbolizes the heart of Zamboanga City;

-  The laurel leaves symbolize knowledge and wisdom in the police organization; and

-  The ZAMBOANGA’S FINEST marks the full support of ZCPO to PRO9 and the Philippine National Police as a whole.


In 1978, during the creation of Zamboanga District Command (ZAMDISCOM), personnel were gathered from different Philippine Constabulary Command under the area of responsibility of HQS PC/INP, Regional Command 9, wherein men from Tawi-Tawi Constabulary Command (CC), Jolo, Sulu CC, Zamboanga Del Norte CC, Zamboanga del Sur CC and personnel from HQS Regional Command 9. They composed one company named the First Provisional PC/INP Company, with their office, the ZAMDISCOM Headquarters, located at Fort Pilar, Pettit Barracks, Zamboanga City, together with the 462nd PC Company under the supervision of COL. COROBONG TANOG followed by the 2nd District Commander COL. JOSE HALCON ( GSC ).

In 1980 the HQS ZAMDISCOM transferred to then newly-constructed two-story building located at Sta. Barbara, of this city, funded by HQS Philippine Constabulary during the incumbency of the Chief of the Philippine Constabulary LT. GEN. FIDEL V RAMOS. The next ZAMDISCOM/METRODISCOM commanders were LT. COL. MANA-AY, LT. COL. ROMEO ABENDAN, COL. CARUNCHO, LT. COL. GUIRSON, LT. COL. GONGORA, COL. ALMADEN, LT. COL. CARLOS PEÑA, LT. COL. DUMPIT, P/SSUPT CALIDA, and P/SUPT RESURRECCION G MIRAVITE.

In 1981, company rotation of assignments was implemented between the First Provincial PC/INP company and the 448th PC company Stationed at Malangas, Zamboanga del Sur, District III. During 1982, the ZAMDISCOM was changed to METROPOLITAN DISTRICT COMMAND. The deactivation of 462nd PC Company ushered the activation of 460th PC Company after a year. The personnel were acquired from Philippine Constabulary Training Center 9 (PCTC9) in Brgy. Malagutay, and the new PC recruit of Batch 1982. The headquarters was established in Brgy. Mercedes.  After several years, the Headquarters of 460th PC company was transferred to Quiniput, Zamboanga City. The Eastern Police Station in Vitali and Western Police Station in Ayala were also formed later.

The merging of Philippine Constabulary and the Integrated National Police into a single unit called the Philippine National Police in 1991 led to the change of ZAMBOANGA METRODISCOM into ZAMBOANGA CITY POLICE OFFICE with eleven police station and two City Mobile Groups, the 448th PC Company became the 1st Zamboanga City Mobile Group stationed at Santa Barbara, and the 2nd ZCMG located at Justice RT Lim Boulevard. The deactivation of 460th PC Company resulted in the distribution of its personnel to different police stations of ZCPO.

Zamboanga City Police Office occupied the new building on 1994 up to the present. The continuous study and development of police organization in the field resulted to the deactivation of 2nd Zamboanga City Mobile Group, resulting in the retention of a single operational mobile group authorized within the city as directed by higher command.


Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office Profile

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Zamboanga Sibugay province has an approximate total land area of 3,228.3 km2. It is geographically located at 7°48’N 122°40’E. To the north it intersects the common municipal boundaries of Kalawit, Tampilisan, and Godod in Zamboanga del Norte. In the west, it is bounded by the municipalities of Siraway, Siocon, and Baliguian. To the south it is bounded by Sibuguey Bay. In the east, the municipalities of Bayog and Kumalarang both in the province of Zamboanga del Sur bound it. It is further bounded on the southwest by Zamboanga City.

Zamboanga Sibugay Province is subdivided into 16 municipalities. These municipalities are further subdivided into 389 barangays. The province comprises two (2) congressional districts. Its capital is Ipil. As of the 2010 census, Zamboanga Sibugay has a population of 584,685 people, and a population density of 160/km2. It is ranked 29th among the provinces of the Philippines in terms of both population and population density.

The vast majority of the people of Zamboanga Sibugay speak Bisaya. Other languages such as Hiligaynon, Subanen, Zamboangueño Chavacano, Tagalog and other ethnic tongues are also spoken, as well as English.

The leading industries are in the areas of bakery, rice and corn milling, food processing, and rattan and wood furniture production. New ones include concrete products, garments, wax and candle factory, and other cottage industries.

Major crops produced include rice, corn, coconuts, rubber, fruit trees, vegetables, tobacco, coffee, cacao, and root crops. Livestock and poultry productions are predominantly small-scale backyard operations. Coal mining is also present in some areas of the province.


- Sixteen rays of the sun symbolizes the 16 municipalities under the jurisdiction of Zamboanga Sibugay

- The crescent moon with the star and the cross marks the two major religious groups in this province, the Muslims and the Christians

- Three Stars represent the three major Philippine islands: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

- The laurel leaves represents the 16 municipal police stations and 2 Mobile Groups (Maneuvering Company)


Zamboanga Sibugay was created on February 24, 2001 during the term of Congressman George T. Hofer by virtue of Republic Act 8973. The creation of Zamboanga Sibugay as a province had a long history. It started in the 1960s when several bills were filed in congress such as House Bill No.17574 by the late Rep. Vincenzo Sagun, HB No. 8546 of Congresswoman Belma Cabilao, HB No. 341 thru Congressman Vicente M. Cerilles and the Batasan Parliamentary Bill sponsored by parliament members (Antonio Ceniza, Manuel M. Espaldon, Hussien Loong, Kalbi Tupay, and Minister Romulo Espaldon). All of these bills were relegated to the recesses of the archives.

In 1993, an initiative called the Zamboanga Occidental Movement ushered in a renewed political consciousness among the people of the 3rd district of Zamboanga del Sur. The movement was so intense that a People’s Initiative was conducted simultaneously with the May 1997 Barangay Elections. In this exercise, majority of the voters signed in favor of forming a new province. It was then that Congressman George T. Hofer sponsored HB No. 1311. He managed to push the bill in congress and gave it a new identity by naming the proposed province as Zamboanga Sibugay. He lobbied for its approval in the senate and had former President Joseph E. Estrada finally approve the creation of the new province.

The Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Police Office was activated as a type “C” Police Provincial Office effective September 17, 2001 pursuant to General Orders No. DPL 01-04 dated September 17, 2001. It was formally organized on October 16, 2001 with PSUPT ARNULFO DEL ROSARIO PEREZas its first Police Provincial Director.

Zamboanga Sibugay PPO has sixteen Police Stations with two Mobile Groups that serve as the maneuvering force of the Provincial Police Office

Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office Profile

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The province borders Zamboanga del Norte to the north, Zamboanga Sibugay to the west, Misamis Occidental to the northeast, and Lanao del Norte to the east. To the south is the Moro Gulf. Zamboanga del Sur occupies the southern section of the Zamboanga peninsula that forms the western part of the Island of Mindanao. It is located at longitude 122° 30"" and latitude 7° 15"" north. It has a total land area of 473,491 hectares or 4,734.91 square miles.

Zamboanga del Sur is subdivided into 26 municipalities and 1 city. These divisions are further subdivided into 681 barangays. The province comprises two congressional districts. Pagadian City is the capital.

The most commonly spoken language is Bisaya. Also spoken, although in small percentage, are Zamboangueño, Tagalog, English, Hiligaynon, Maguindanao, Iranun, Subanen, and Ilocano.

As of the 2010 census, Zamboanga del Sur has a population of 959,685, making it the 16th most populous province. The population density is 3,480/km², the 20th most densely populated province.




The Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office logo is circular in form with green stripe around the edge with the official markings in bold letters ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR POLICE PROVINCIAL OFFICE in blue with white background.

The three yellow golden stars represent the three Congressional Districts of the province. (However, the 3rd Congressional District had been created into one province known as Zamboanga  Sibugay). The inner circle with a yellow background with the shield and green leaves below the shield symbolizes the following:

The shield represents protection;

The green leaves represent peace;

1952 is the year the province was established;

The golden crescent with small star in orange background at the upper left side of the shield symbolizes the Muslim populace of the province and the white cross at the upper right side of the shield symbolizes the Christians, both living in harmony with each other;

The clouds, mountains, valleys and green fields represent the agricultural industry of the province;

The ocean and green vinta with white sail represent the fishing industry of the province; and

The roman numeral IX in the white sail represents Region 9 where the province belongs.



Zamboanga del Sur PPO was then named as Zamboanga del Sur Philippine Constabulary Command. It is situated in Camp Abelon, Pagadian City.  The defunct PC/INP Command previously covered three congressional districts. Later on,  the 3rd District was made into one province named as Zamboanga Sibugay, while the two other congressional districts remained under the operational jurisdiction of this police provincial office.

Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office Profile

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Zamboanga del Norte comprises the northern portion of the Zamboanga Peninsula. It is bounded on the north and west by Sulu Sea, on the east by Misamis Occidental, and on the south by Zamboanga del Sur. The province occupies a total land area of 6,618 square kilometers (2,555 sq mi). The province's irregular coastline runs some 400 kilometers (250 mi) from north to south.

Zamboanga del Norte is subdivided into 25 municipalities and 2 cities. These are further subdivided into 691 barangays, and clustered into 3 congressional districts.

The main language spoken is Bisaya. Other languages include Subanen, Tausug, Zamboangueño, Tagalog, Spanish, and English.

Zamboanga del Norte has a population of 957,997 according to the 2010 census. Its population density is 130/km². It is ranked 26th among the provinces both in terms of population and population density

About half of the province's land area is devoted to agriculture.  Corn, coconut, and rice are the major crops. The province being rich in marine and mineral sources, its fish production has accelerated through the development of fishponds. Commercial fishing has likewise steadily increased through the years, with the yellow fin tuna as the primary species.



The circular background with printed text of Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office in the lower portion and "For God and Country" in the upper part together with the sky blue background color inside the bigger circle symbolizes the cohesiveness and professionalism of the ZNPPO officers in performing their duties and functions and the fulfillment of the mission of the police organization, working hand and hand with civilian population.

- The National Flag in the middle represents our country wherein Zamboanga del Norte is a part thereof

- The three stars show the three major islands of the Philippines, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, along with the 7,100 islands and the territorial integrity which the PNP is tasked to enforce the law and maintain peace and order with professionalism, zeal and utmost dedication.

- Bravery, Loyalty and Integrity are the unblemished traits that the police must posses and virtues to maintain and protect above all; the traits of ZNPPO personnel in attaining its sworn mission of peace keeping and law enforcement.

- Lapu-lapu is the prototype of the best and noblest Filipino hero who is the symbol and embodiment of all genuine attributes and traits of leadership, courage, nationalism, self-reliance and people empowered community defense.

- Laurel serves as the symbol of honor, dignity and the privilege of being a member of the noble PNP organization where the call to public service is par excellence a commitment to public trust.

- The sun with a glowing rays is the symbol of flowering, maturing and ultimate realization of the glorious evolution of the PNP organization, with the Philippine Constabulary / Integrated National Police (PC/INP) as its nucleus, reorganized to become the national police organization that is “national in scope and civilian in character”. The traditional rays represents the boldest provinces whose ideals of courage and patriotism all members of the PNP must posses.



Camp Hamac in Sicayab, Dipolog City was named after the late LT. DIOGRACIAS G. HAMAC, a patriotic and courageous Filipino who fought during World War II to drive away the Japanese invaders from Dipolog.

On October 1, 1945, the Zamboanga Provincial Military Police Command was established in Sicayab, Dipolog City by virtue of General Order No. 4.  Its provincial headquarters stood in this camp.

COL. LEODEGARIO C ORENDAIN was the first provincial commander who served from 01 October 1945 to 26 January 1946. He was succeeded by twenty provincial commanders who also served from 27 January 1946 to 30 September 1976.

On August 8, 1975, the Provincial Command was renamed as Zamboanga del Norte PC/INP Command pursuant to PD 765.

The enactment of Republic Act 6975 merged the Philippine Constabulary and the Integrated National Police into one police organization – national in scope and civilian in character in compliance with the transitory provision of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Thus, on January 1, 1991, the PC and INP eventually became the Philippine National Police.

The ZN-PC/INP Command was renamed Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Command. Seven provincial commanders were designated to head the command.

During the PNP reorganization in 1991, the title of the head of the Command was changed from Provincial Commander to Provincial Director because the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Command was renamed Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office.

PRO9 History

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Cawa-Cawa. A rocky coastline along Justice RT Lim Boulevard got its name from the channel across where it was built.  The shores of the main peninsula was formed like an arc or a semi – “C” fronting the islands of Sta. Cruz. Old folks likened the formation to the bottom of a large frying pan. In the native dialect, they called it "Kawa". 


The camp occupies an area of just a little over three hectares at Cawa-Cawa and was part of a zone set aside as a military reservation under a 1909 proclamation signed by the American governor general. In 1918, the bureau of lands declared the camp site Cawa-Cawa area as “tiera insular” or public land and was subsequently considered as a military reservation area. In view of its location, locals called the old PC Camp as Camp Cawa-Cawa, which has no legal or statutory basis.


The camp was first occupied in the early sixties by the 91st Philippine Constabulary (PC) Company using the lot’s old two-storey vintage Spanish wooden building as headquarters. In 1969, the Southwest Command (SOWESCOM) was created and organized, placing under its supervision and control all AFP units in the area to include the PC. Camp Cawa-Cawa was used as its base. In 1976, when the PC component building caught fire, a new headquarters was established. The PC/INP Regional Command IX (RECOM IX) was created on July 1, 1978. The historic infamous event in January 1989 popularly known as the Cawa-Cawa siege provided the impetus for the renaming of the former PRO9 Headquarters in honor of the late BRIGADIER GENERAL EDUARDO B BATALLA (1988-1989). The new PNP PRO9 Camp at Mercedes, Zamboanga City is named as Camp Col. Romeo A Abendan, in memory of the former Chief Of Staff of PC/INP RECOM 9 who was also killed during the hostage-taking incident staged by a group led by ex-Patrolman Rizal Alih at Camp Cawa-Cawa on January 4-6, 1989.





The present PRO 9 Headquarters is a 10-hectare lot located 13 kilometers East of Zamboanga City proper. The entire lot was purchased in two separate titles. The first one was bought during the incumbency of BRIG. GEN. CIRILO A BUENO, JR while the second was acquired during the incumbency of then PCSUPT ROBERTO T LASTIMOSO, and during his term the administrative building was constructed. The seven newly completed buildings were inaugurated under the stewardship of PCSUPT DOMINADOR C RESOS, JR. Other old buildings were later refurbished,  while new buildings were built in accordance with the camp development plan. The Regional Logistics and Research Development Division, 9th Regional Mobile Group (now RPSB 9) and the Regional Headquarters Support Group took charge of the clearing, landscaping and face lifting of the new home of the premier law enforcement agency in Western Mindanao. This was made to improve the working environment of the PRO 9 work force and enhance the capability of a pro-clientele organization.


With the support of the PNP National Headquarters coupled with the initiative of PRO 9, Camp Romeo A Abendan will be a world-class nature’s preserve with beautiful landscapes and a teeming forest in the urban jungle of Zamboanga City.



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