Traffic rerouted, backpacks banned as part of ‘Dia’ security measures PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:33

To ensure security and orderly conduct of the civic-military parade this afternoon, Feb. 26.  in celebration of the city’s 78th “Dia de la Ciudad de Zamboanga,” the city government orders certain streets closed to vehicular traffic and prohibits anyone from bringing backpacks in downtown Zamboanga.

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday issued an executive order for the temporary closure of Ledesma Street, Mayor Climaco Avenue (fronting the Bureau of Fire Protection), section of J.S. Alano St. and Valderrosa St. up to Paseo de Mar from 12 noon to 4 p.m. today.

Executive Order No. BC 100-2015 also prohibits parking of motorcycles and bringing of backpacks in downtown Zamboanga, particularly on the streets and areas considered as security buffer zone, namely; Alejo Alvarez St., Varela St., Plaza Pershing, I. Magno St., Don Pablo Lorenzo St., Zaragoza St., Rizal St., Corcuera St., Pablo Burgos St., Villalobos St., Capt. Marcos St., and Pettit Barracks.

This, as the city government implements security measures to protect Zamboanga and its people from lawless threats and violence during the “Dia de Zamboanga” celebration.

The city police director through the Zamboanga City Police Office Traffic Unit was directed to strictly enforce the chief executive’s order and for the city administrator and officer-in-charge of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) to ensure compliance of the same.

Today’s celebration marks the day 78 years ago when the city’s first set of officials headed by Nicasio Valderrosa as first mayor was appointed and installed to office on Feb. 26, 1937.

The historic event took place barely four months after then Pres. Manuel L. Quezon signed the Charter of Zamboanga on Oct. 12, 1936 in Malacañang.— Vic Larato