To ensure smooth class opening: City Hall mobilizes resources PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 June 2016 11:38

City Hall has appealed for public support and cooperation in all efforts intended to ensure a hassle-free and safe opening of classes today, June 13.

This, as some 230,000 elementary and high school students both in public and private institutions are set to return to schools today after a two-month vacation.

On instructions of Mayor Beng Climaco, OIC City Administrator Dr. Elmeir Apolinario on Friday met with police authorities, barangay officials and tanods including concerned city departments to finalize preparations in relation to logistics, deployment of traffic and security personnel and other requirements to ensure a smooth opening of classes.

The meeting Friday was preceded by several meetings weeks prior to June 13 where the different concerned agencies and groups were given tasks as their contribution to the Operation Plan Bira Escuela.

The police and the traffic enforcers of the city along with the barangay tanods will take charge of manning traffic situation in all roads leading to schools. The City Engineer’s Office and the General Services Office are tasked to provide the different road signage for public awareness of traffic schemes and regulations.

The GSO is also tasked to fast track the installation of traffic lights in major streets such as the Veterans Avenue-Gov. Lim intersection.

Apolinario said the city is also set to issue executive orders formalizing traffic rerouting schemes in anticipation of the mounting traffic problems that will arise starting June 13 due to the large volume of vehicles that will flood city and national roads.

Among those present during the meeting were representatives from the Zamboanga City Police Office traffic division, Police Station 11 and police stations of Divisoria, Tetuan and Sta. Maria; barangay  officials of Sta. Maria, San Jose Gusu, Tumaga, Putik, Guiwan, Tumaga and Divisoria; Liga ng mga Barangay, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office; General services Office and Engineer’s Office.

Another meeting is set a week after the opening of classes to assess the measures put in place. — Sheila Covarrubias