Dia de Zambo security plan OK’d; public support sought PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 February 2016 11:41

By VIC LARATO

The city government together with police and military authorities approved yesterday what they considered a well coordinated security plan for the upcoming 79th Dia de Zamboanga celebrations on Feb. 26, which Malacañang has declared a special non-working holiday in the city.

Elmeir Apolinario, officer-in-charge of the City Administrator’s Office, represented Mayor Beng Climaco in yesterday’s security meeting in City Hall where the different law enforcement units—the Zamboanga City Police Office, Task Force Zamboanga, Maritime Police and Police Station 11—presented their respective security and contingency for the annual event, marking the day when the first set of city officials assumed office in 79 years ago (1937).

Supt. Luisito Magnaye, city police director and officer-in-charge of the ZCPO, however, stressed security measures—no matter how ell coordinated and planned they may be—can be as effective but only with the support and cooperation of the civilian populace.

Hence, Apolinario, on behalf of the chief executive, called on the entire Zamboangueño public to support and cooperate with the law enforcers as they implement stringent measures for safety and security of people attending the Dia de Zamboanga activities, especially on the day of the celebration itself on Feb. 26.

He shared with the observations that more often than not people would complain against the police and military for being too strict, compromising their comfort as they go about the city on special events.

“Sometimes, we hear comments like ‘overkill.’ There is no overkill as far as securing the safety of our people. When we have big events, safety and security of the people is always our primordial concern,” Apolinario said.

In times like this, he urged, people must learn to be patient, cooperative and bear with certain inconvenience “for their own good and security.”

Mayor Climaco is expected to issue executive orders to formalize the security measures as suggested by the police and military, to include certain restrictions on traffic and pedestrians.

Also present during the meeting were TF Zamboanga commander Col. Juvymax Uy, PS 11 commander Supt. Diomarie Albarico, Supt. Ariel Huesca, deputy chief of the ZCPO, and Executive Assistant Christian Olasiman, who heads the special event committee of the City Mayor’s Office.— Vic Larato