Jamboree scouts safe, secured PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:10

Participating scouts of the centennial jamboree at the Zamboanga Economic Zone are safe, and activities highlighting the 100 years of scouting in the country will continue as planned.

This was the assurance of both jamboree organizers and the City Government yesterday, in light of the apprehensions casted on the security of the around 7,500 boy scouts in the City, following the explosion at Tomas Claudio Sunday night.

“I would like to assure the public, and also the parents of the Boy Scouts who are here in Zamboanga City, that their children are taken cared of, the security measures are in place,” said Boy Scouts of the Philippines – Zamboanga City    Council Chair Jose Rizalino Ortega.

Jamboree policies and security measures enforced by the military and police forces stationed in the area are fully implemented to ensure the safety of the thousands of campers staying at Ecozone, said Ortega.

Ortega also noted that no activity was cancelled or affected by the recent explosion.

All camp undertakings, including a city tour and an open house on November 12, will also proceed as planned.

Ecozone Chairman Christopher Arnuco likewise echoed his assurance, along with those of the local government, and the City police, on the safety and security of the scouts, and the camp grounds.

“The kids in Ecozone are not worried. They are just enjoying, they are positive about the prospect and promise of Zamboanga City despite the isolated incident we had last night,” he said.

There are currently 7,500 participants in Ecozone for the centennial jamboree. This number is expected to swell to 10,000 with the expected participation of cub and kid scouts in the open house activity on November 12.

Meanwhile, the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) is currently investigating the explosion incident, and yesterday released a composite sketch of the suspect to the local media.

Likewise, the local government of Zamboanga offered a Php 50,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect, and the resolution of the case. — Jasmine Mohammadsali