City to disallow use of drone during Hermosa Festival coverage Print
Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:52


The City Government will strictly prohibit the use of drone by private individuals who intend to get aerial video footages on the various highlights and activities during the celebration of the month-long Zamboanga Hermosa Festival for security reason.

According to Elmeir Apolinario, chief of City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Ofice (CDRRMO), the city government needs to disallow the use of drones during the coverage of the festivities since drones can be used by unscrupulous individuals in sabotages or terror attacks especially during the festivity.

“This is a much-needed security measure since we fully well know that drones can be utilized by lawless group in carrying out sabotages or even terror attacks,” Dr. Apolinario explained to reporters in an interview.

He said that in the previous Hermosa Festival, some private individuals have utilized drones in carrying out their personal video recordings of the different colorful events of the month-long festivity.

However, Apolinario said that for those local residents or balikabyan who are really interested in getting video footages with the use drones, they can apply for accreditation with the Office of the City Administrator.

He added that the screening for those applying for accreditation shall be rigid to ensure that only people who are trustworthy and responsible will be accredited.

The city government has already lined up various activities for the different programs and events in the Hermosa Festival. It has also partnered with civic groups and other non-government organizations, business and religious sectors.

Mayor Beng Climaco is regularly conferring with the City Police Office and Task Force Zamboanga with regards to the comprehensive security plan which the City Peace and Order Council already adopted as early as last week.

Climaco said that the police and the military remain on high alert in the entire city until October 31 to ensure the peace and security of the festivity.—Jemuel E. Mojica