Celso: Edict for strict security measures in hotels, inns set PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 December 2011 17:38

The city government will enact an ordinance mandating the implementation of stricter security and safety measures in hotels, motels, inns, pension houses including boarding houses and dormitories and other places of accommodation.

Mayor Celso Lobregat announced this during a meeting with the accommodation sector at Garden Orchid Hotel Thursday afternoon which was also attended by members of the City Council and security officials.

“These measures will have to be implemented to ensure safety and security not only of your guests but also your very own establishments”, the mayor declared before some 200 stakeholders from the accommodation sector.

The meeting, initiated by Mayor Lobregat was an offshoot of a conference that local security officials had with Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo at City Hall, November 28, two days after the explosion at the Atilano Pension House in Canelar that killed 3 persons and wounded 27 others.

The proposed ordinance will include the following directives for the owners of hotels, inns, pension houses and other places of accommodation to comply: check the true identify of customers by demanding valid IDs with pictures before admitting them; maintain a registry book to be filled-up by the receptionist with information on the customer’s name, address, room number, date and time of check in, number of guests, etc.; maintain a guest card to be filled up by guests; for civilian clients, the management should demand pertinent documents such as license, permit to carry firearms outside of the residence, before depositing them, undocumented firearms must be reported immediately to the police/Task Force Zamboanga for prompt action; for PNP/AFP personnel, demand the letter/mission order from them; hire the services of security guards belonging to legitimate agencies (transient accommodation and boarding houses/ dormitories above 25 rooms) and record license plate of all the vehicles going inside parking lot, do not allow vehicles without license plates to enter; be very strict in hiring employees and send them to attend a security and safety measures to be jointly conducted by the City Tourism Office and the City Police Office.

For physical security, the owners of places of accommodation should look into the possibility of installation of CCTV cameras, allow visitation of EOD/Bomb squad and K9 personnel for security panelling with proper coordination and identification; use of metal detector in checking luggages/ baggage of customers is paramount and call the police if any suspicious activity of guests/ customers are noticed.

The meeting turned out to be a dialogue/ consultation with the accommodation sector but Mayor Lobregat said the proposed ordinance will have to undergo hearings.

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 Covarruias