Climaco convenes CPOC to tackle security steps PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 11:30

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco convened the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) Monday afternoon to discuss security measures implemented in the city amidst threats from lawless groups.

The meeting, held at the City Hall conference room was the fourth since January this year and was attended by top officials from the different branches of military service and the police who briefed the Council members about ongoing anti-crime efforts. Likewise the heads of the Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) presented security details implemented in their respective facilities.

The issue about unauthorized carrying of long firearms, illegally constructed wharves, profiling of residents in the barangays and hotel guests as well as the need to review the incident command system for officials of the 98 barangays were among those discussed during the meeting.

The CPOC is set to reconvene Task Force Pantalan created over a year ago to discuss about the proliferation of illegally constructed wharves vis-à-vis their implications on the peace and order situation in the city. It was learned that there are over 90 private wharves constructed in the city but only a handful have permits to operate.

Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Juvymax Uy brought to the Council’s attention the possibility of implementing strictly the policy on unauthorized carrying of long firearms in the city stating that this is one of the measures to reduce threats of kidnapping. In view of this, the Council, through the Department of Interior and Local Government, Councilor Josephine Pareja, TFZ, Coast Guard and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) together with the police will sit down to review the existing policy related to the establishment of firearms’ depository in 5 strategic areas for armed personnel coming from the provinces and other areas.

The Council has also tasked the Business sector to look into the possibility of institutionalizing the profiling of all hotel guests as a form of a security measure. The City Council through Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and Pareja has also been tasked to come up with measures pertaining to the use of helmets without prejudice to the existing national law.

Among the top officials present during the CPOC meeting were  Western Mindanao Command Chief LGen. Mayoralgo de la Cruz, City Police Director PSupt. Luisito Magnaye, TFZ Chief Col. Juvy Max Uy,  Vice Mayor Iturralde, Coun. Pareja, City Administrator Apple Go, City Legal officer Jesus Carbon and top officials from National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, PPA, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Public Works and Highways, Edwin To of the business sector, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Department of Education and other agencies concerned.  — Sheila Covarrubias