Elong tasked to lead fight against smuggling in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:00

To address the rampant entry of smuggled goods in Zamboanga City, the City Council’s Committee on Peace and Order chaired by Councilor Elong Natividad was tasked to come up with policies regarding the operations of illegal piers or finger wharves.

The Council recently approved Resolution No. 1158 which includes the “list of Private Wharves/Ports with permits in the city, granted with either a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) or a Locational Clearance (LC), and the order from the Office of the City Mayor” for the operation of wharves in the city.

There are more than 100 private wharves including finger wharves operating in the city’s coastal areas.

Natividad met yesterday with Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Manager Liberto Dela Rosa, PPA-PTB Supervisor Maria Elena Flores and Bureau of Customs (BOC) Acting District Collector Capt. Migelfio Saquisame, PN (GSC-Ret) to discuss the matter.

They discussed on the creation of an inter-agency task forc to address smuggling and to monitor the city’s shorelines.

Both officials from PPA and BoC agreed to work with the Council’s Committee on Peace and Order for the interest of the city.

“At least there will be accountability for the coming in and out of cargoes and passengers at the port,” Natividad said.

The City Council is expected to invite personalities from government and private agencies for the conduct of a public hearing thru the Committee on Peace and Order.

“This is a tall order to come-up with policies against these illegal activities being allegedly happening at certain ports,” Natividad said.

It was learned that some of the illegal piers and finger wharves are being used by smugglers bringing in smuggled goods including rice, copra. —  Monch L. Follosco

CAP:  Councilor Elong Natividad points some of the smuggling issues in the city. Also in photo are PPA Port Manager Liberto Dela Rosa, City Legal Office representative Arturo Cabidog and Port Police Commander PSUPT. Francisco Clavecillas yesterday. MONCH L. FOLLOSCO