Security measures for local hotels, inns PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 December 2011 17:50

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday initiated a meeting to tackle security and safety  measures with owners of hotels, motels, inns, pension and boarding houses and  other places of accommodation in the city.

The meeting, attended by some 200 stakeholders discussed the necessity of implementing stricter security measures to ensure the safety not only of the guests but also of the establishments itself.

This, is in the wake of the Sunday explosion at the Atilano Pension House that killed 3 persons and wounded 27 others including 2 children.

Last Tuesday, Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo assembled a security meeting at City Hall to discuss security measures, one of which was concerning  the accommodation sector.

During the meeting, Chief Insp. Hayudini Salvado of the operations division of the  local police presented the security updates and the measures needed to implement to help prevent lawlessness specifically explosions.

Mayor Lobregat discussed in length about the city government’s response to the  security situation and dialogued with the owners of hotels, motels, inns, pension houses, boarding houses and dormitories on the various security steps which, he  said will be firmed up through an ordinance that he will forward to the council for approval.

He emphasized that the authorities are doing everything possible to get to the bottom of the case. Initially, we have some leads and the investigation is “progressing promptly, the authorities will not rest until we get those responsible in this and the other previous incidents. In fact the other day, our authorities have collared a suspected bomber involved in a string of explosion incidents in the city since 2002 and they are looking for the suspect’s links with the recent incident at the Atilano
Pension House.”

Present during the meeting were members of the City Council—Councilors Jaime Cabato, Noning Biel, Abdurahman Nuno, Mike Alavar, VP Elago, Nonong Guingona  and Rudy Bayot, Archbishop Romulo Valles,  Ustadz Alim Abdullah Yassin, Rosa  Fe Barraca of NICA-9, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, City Administrator Antonio  Orendain Jr., Tourism director Maryjune Bugante, Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo and Col.  Buenaventura Pascual. — Sheila Covarrubias