Beng urges brgys anew: Help monitor your AOR PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2015 11:17

Being in the frontline, barangay officials and residents are called anew to help monitor activities happening in their respective area of responsibility.

Mayor Beng Climaco issued the call, as she addressed residents of Sta. Catalina during the barangay assembly held at the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School open court Saturday morning. The barangay was selected as the model village for the assembly that was supervised by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Security is our priority, so is health and education or SHE. Everybody has to have a responsibility. How do we do that? Please help our barangay officials, if there is any information regarding suspicious individuals or activities in your area, please report this to the authorities so this can be validated,” Mayor Climaco appealed. “We do not want the incident of 2013 siege to happen again in our city.”

The threat level in Zamboanga remains as is, the chief executive revealed, citing the city’s proximity to the provinces of Sulu and Basilan and other areas where security remains an everyday challenge. “As long as there are threats out there [in the neighboring areas], Zamboanga City will also be vulnerable.”

She said with the support and assistance of the police, military and other law enforcement agencies, the City Government is exhausting all means to ensure that the city is safe and secured.

During the assembly, she also talked briefly about the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) reiterating the city’s stand to never be a part of the Bangsamoro territory.

The mayor also cited Sta. Catalina for having been chosen as the model barangay for the DILG-mandated assembly, saying it was selected on the basis of its multi-cultural diversity where people from different faiths live harmoniously.

“So as citizens of Sta. Catalina, man ayudahan quita para tiene quita paz y Amistad. It is only through the cooperation and support of the residents that we can attain peace and security and ultimately realize our goal of building back a better Zamboanga City,” the mayor added.

The assembly was headed by the barangay Council of Sta. Catalina headed by Chairman Jimmy Villaflores and attended by Councilor BG Guingona, DILG Assistant Regional Director Pedro Cuevas, DILG City Director Atty. Mohamamad Taha Arakama, Don GEMS Principal Juliet Besas and numerous other guests. — Sheila Covarrubias