Security sector convened for post-fiesta assessment PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 October 2015 13:30

by Sheila Covarrubias


Mayor Beng Climaco on Wednesday (October 20) convened the security sector in City Hall to assess the implementation of security measures during the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival from October 1 to 12 in celebration of the feast day of Nuestra Senora La Virgen del Pilar.

Regional Police Deputy for Operations PSSupt. Debold Sinas and City Police Director PSSupt. Angelito Casimiro together with the commanders of the different police sub-stations including Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Arthur Biyo and representatives from other police and military agencies were present to report about their tasking during the festival.

The meeting sought to discuss the weak points and strong points in the implementation of the security plan including crowd management and other details in the series of activities held.

Overall, the conduct of the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival 2015 was a huge success due to the tireless efforts of the police and military authorities including civic groups and volunteers, and concerned government agencies and private groups. The support and cooperation of the civilian sector likewise contributed to the peaceful, orderly and successful conduct of the festival.

The maximum deployment of police commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers with varied strategies contributed to the effective and efficient execution of the security plan.

Mayor Climaco, who presided the meeting together with OIC City Administrator and CDRRMO Chief Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, lauded anew the security sector for its commendable efforts. She urged the police and military together with the Apolinario and Zamboanga Hermosa Steering Committee to dialogue with the religious sector and other concerned groups tackle about the flaws and the fine points observed during the conduct of the various activities.

Col. Casimiro said the conduct of contingency planning and the nightly debriefing activities held by all agencies concerned helped a lot in the overall success of the festival.

Col. Sinas mentioned that the timely suspension of the permit to carry firearms from Oct. 9-15 also helped a lot though he suggested that next time, the request for suspension should be done earlier for a longer period of implementation. — Sheila Covarrubias