(News Feature :)Business as usual: Residents, entrepreneurs feel safer with ML Print
Saturday, 03 June 2017 13:08

It is business as usual in Zamboanga City even after Martial Law was declared.

According to Paksah Sahibab, a store owner in the city, “Feel ko nga mas safe at protected kami pa kasi ang daming checkpoints.” (I feel safer and protected because of the checkpoints.)

When asked if she experienced a decline in sales due to the current declaration she replied, “Dahil sa mga nagpupuasa, opo natural na bumaba talaga. Pero dahil sa Martial law hindi naman, continue lang naman kami nagbibusiness.” (Because of those fasting, yes it has naturally declined. But because of the Martial law not really. We still continue business as usual.”

Malls and other stores in the city are also unaffected negatively by the Martial Law.

Noralyn Pelayo, a student sub saleslady in Southway Mall said that even though she has to go extra early to work due to the checkpoints,  she is thankful for the extra added feeling of safety and security.

“Thankful po ako na hinihigpitan po nila yung security. Para naman din po yun sa amin. Dahil don nakakapagtrabaho parin po ako  na may peace of mind at makakaipon pa ako para sa pasukan.”(I am thankful that they tightened the security. It is also for us. Because of this I can work with peace of mind and save for the upcoming classes), Pelayo added.

Rose Fe Agan, a Jewelry store tenant in Gateway Mall she was never absent since Martial Law was declared, neither was their store closed due to Martial Law.

The testimonies of the people above are concrete evidence of City Administrator Apple Go’s statement that it is indeed “business as usual in Zamboanga”. (Dominic I. Sanchez, with reports from Kimberly Yusay, PIA-OJT)