Mayor asks suspension of classes for BBL gab PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 March 2018 12:03

Upon recommendation of the security cluster, Mayor Beng Climaco has requested public and private school authorities within the city limits to call off their classes in all levels on Friday, March 2, as the House of Representatives will conduct its own public hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) gymnasium.

Climaco said the suspension of classes is sought to forestall public inconvenience arising from traffic congestion that may be caused in roads leading to the ZCSPC, where the congressional public hearing on the BBL will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At least 25 schools are affected, as follows: Caldwell Adventist Academy, Pilar College of Zamboanga City, Inc., Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC), Baliwasan Central School, ZC East and West Central Schools, Claret School of Zamboanga City, UP Academy, Brent Hospital and Colleges, Inc.

Also affected are St. Joseph School, Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST), Ateneo de Zamboanga University- City Campus), Zamboanga Puericulture School, Systems Technology Institute, Zamboanga Chong Hua High School, Universidad de Zamboanga- City Campus, Computer Technologies Institute, Inc., Universal College of Southeast Asia, Zion Evangelical School, Ferndale International School, Yogi Learning Center, UZ High School, Southern City Colleges and Nuevo Zamboanga.

The mayor has advised the parents and students of the mentioned schools to wait for final instructions from their respective school heads.

To recall, classes in the same schools were also suspended (half-day) when the Senate Committees on Local Government, Constitutional Amendments, Finance and Sub-Committee on BBL conducted a joint public hearing at the same venue last Feb. 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

During the said hearing, Mayor Climaco led the entire city officialdom and Zamboangueños from all walks of life in declaring the city’s firm and unequivocal stand against inclusion in the Bangsamoro autonomous entity that will be created under the proposed BBL.

At least seven senators came over for the said hearing. They were Senate President Koko Pimentel, Sen. Migz Zubiri, chair of the Sub-committee on BBL, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, Sen. JV Estrada, Sen. Riza Hontiveros and Sen. Sonny Angara.

Also with the senators were Presidential Peace Adviser Jess Durez along with the Bangsamoro Transition Commission.

The chief executive is expected to voice out the same stand during the congressional hearing on Friday.-(Vic Larato/PR)