Business, police tackle security woe in meeting PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 May 2013 11:47

Concerned with the rise of criminality in the city, the Zamboanga City Business Council (ZCBC) led by the Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (ZCCCIFI) together with other business organizations held a meeting with the Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) Wednesday afternoon at Grand Astoria Hotel to discuss security issues in the city.

ZCCIFI President Pedro Rufo “Cholo” N. Soliven said in an interview that the monthly meeting is not only among members of the chamber but also with other business organizations to discuss issues that affect the city.

“Our main topic is our security problem. We feel things are really getting out of hand,” Soliven said.

Those who attended the meeting include representatives from the Southern Philippines (SOPHIL) Deep Sea Fishing Association, Employers Confederation of the Philippines, Zamboanga Information Communication Technology Council, Small and Medium Enterprise Council, Regional Development Council and the Industrial Group of Zamboanga.

“The criminals are now getting bolder with acts of impunity. We hear reported incidents everyday, some committed during day time. We feel this is already alarming. It can also be an election issue as well because things are really getting out of hand,” Soliven said.

Sr. Supt. Ramon BL Aranas and Chief Insp. BB Diamon represented PRO-9 and talked on the peace and order situation in the city. Also tackled during the meeting was the concern of the industrial group in the west coast since the area is notorious for abduction.

Soliven said: “We are again sounding the alarm bell. But we are also beginning to sound like a broken record. When will this stop? When can we live in peace? When can we feel protected and secured? That’s the issue. It’s very hard to compare Zamboanga to Davao, but if Davao can do it, why can’t we?” During the meeting, the business group offered the different private wharves in the west coast as docking area for the police patrol speedboats which the representatives of the PNP gladly accepted. The ZCBC is composed of the presidents of the different major business organizations in the city.