Beng urges brgys to strictly monitor activities in AOR PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 March 2015 12:20

Barangay officials have been tasked to strictly monitor their areas of responsibility for possible uncoordinated activities such as those implemented purportedly for communities that are not recognized by the local government.

Climaco issued the call, as she expressed dismay over the implementation of the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program for “MILF communities” in various barangays under the supervision of the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).  “There may be individuals who are sympathetic to the MILF, but we would like to emphasize that there is no ‘MILF community’ nor do we recognize one in the city.”

No less than OPAPP member Senen Bacani admitted in a letter to the mayor that it implemented the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program activities in various barangays since early 2013 and these include Baliwasan, Cawit, Sta. Catalina, Recodo and Tulungatung.

Climaco said barangay officials have a very important role to play to ensure that all activities happening in their AOR are sanctioned by the local government. “Please be vigilant and report to us any and all activities similar to this being implemented in your area.”

“There may be individuals who are sympathetic to the MILF, but we would like to emphasize that there is no ‘MILF community’ nor do we recognize one in the city. The city is not part of the ARMM;  nor shall the city be part of the Bangsamoro,” the mayor said as she advised OPAPP that the non-coordination of such activity has caused alarm that led to anxieties and apprehensions on the part of the barangay officials and residents where the project is being implemented.

The City of Zamboanga fully supports the peace process initiated by President Aquino but the mayor expressed disappointment that the GPNP and the OPAPP did not coordinate with the LGU the conduct of such activity.

The mayor got wind of the activities based on reports from Tulungatung Chairman Jojo del Rosario sometime February this year.

The OPAPP, upon learning of the complaints from  the city government wrote the mayor to inform about the program implemented since early 2013 and apologized for the oversight. “It was an oversight on our part to not formally inform the City Government of our activities”.

The mayor pointed out that while the implementation of the uncoordinated activity was undertaken before Sept. 2013 siege, “that ill-fated incident has left unhealed wounds and scars in the hearts and minds of Zamboangueños.” “The presence of groups and individuals purportedly belonging to the MNLF or MILF ushers anxieties, trepidations and unsettles tranquillity of the City. — Sheila Covarrubias