Celso spearheads aerial recon PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 April 2011 15:47

Mayor Celso Lobregat on Saturday spearheaded the conduct of an aerial reconnaissance of the city’s coastal areas and watershed to check on the construction of illegal ports as well as intrusions in the forests.

Conducted through the courtesy of the Western Mindanao Command and the 530th Air Base Wing of the Philippine Air Force, the aerial reconnaissance is in line with the city government’s steadfast commitment to support and assist the police and military in the maintenance of peace and security in Zamboanga.

Likewise, the aerial survey also gave Mayor Lobregat and his team of military and police and other city officials the opportunity to assess and evaluate existing natural tourist spots in the barangays as well as the Sta. Cruz Island—whose tourism aspect is set to be taken over by the city government in the coming months.

Accompanying the mayor during the Saturday activity were City Police OIC Director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, Task Force Zamboanga Commander Col. Buenaventura Pascual and Councilors Percival Ramos, Myra Paz Abubakar and Rey Candido, City Tourism Officer Sarita Hernandez and staff from the Public Information Division.

Mayor Lobregat it is recalled has created a task force to conduct an impartial and actual inventory of all illegal port facilities following reports on the proliferation of the unauthorized construction of piers and finger wharves in the coastal areas.

The creation of the  group dubbed Task Force Pantalan was formalized through Executive Order 383-2011 issued by Mayor Lobregat on January 17, 2011 outlining the duties and functions of the task force.

The mayor has emphasized that the city’s wide, long and porous border contributes to security concerns.

On the other hand, the city’s watershed, which is one of the only 3 intact watersheds all over the country, should be constantly conserved and preserved. Any form of intrusion or illegal activities in the area should be checked and stopped immediately, the authorities stress.

Meanwhile, the aerial reconnaissance will also help boost the city government’s plan to diversify tourism benefits to the barangays by developing potential tourist attractions such as waterfalls and caves.

Lobregat has convened stakeholders to seek ways on how to go about the move as he personally observed the presence of natural scenic spots, resources, customs and unique cultural traditions in various barangays that can very well help in the promotion of rural or community-based tourism.

These natural tourist spots include the waterfalls in Merloquet in Sibulao, waterfalls in Busay, San Roque, Nancy Falls in La Paz and several others. — Sheila Covarrubias