Beng assures protection for aid workers in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 13:48

Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday assured the safety and well-being of all humanitarian aid workers contributing to the humanitarian response in the city.

“We in the City of Zamboanga would like to assure the protection of all aid workers who are here now,” said Climaco.

The mayor issued this statement in light of the beheading of aid worker David Haines in Syria.

Security protocols are in place to ensure the safety of aid workers, said Climaco, and these involve the strict coordination with the intelligence community, the City Government, the police, and the military; the imposition of restrictions and curfew and the limiting the exposure of aid workers.

Moreover, aid workers and organizations have their own security officers who are responsible for the coordination of their activities and itineraries.

“They are really here to provide humanitarian assistance on the ground, we do not want anyone of them to be harmed,” said the mayor.

Numbering around 10 to 15 individuals at a given time, aid workers in Zamboanga City are held in high esteem by the City Government for their commitment to the humanitarian response in Zamboanga City and in other areas in the country hit by calamities.

The mayor also lauded their socio-civic contributions to local communities which go beyond their assistance for the siege.

“It is through the efforts of all these aid workers coming from different countries and from the provinces of the Philippines who are helping Christians, Muslims, and Lumads rise up,” Climaco said. — Jasmine Mohammadsali