Beng inspects reported destruction in Sta. Cruz isle PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 July 2013 13:25

Mayor Beng Climaco over the weekend led a composite team of law enforcers and city government officials to Sta. Cruz Island to conduct an ocular inspection of some areas allegedly destroyed due to dynamite fishing.

Personnel from the Coast Guard, Maritime Police, Philippine Navy, City Agriculturist Office, City Planning and Development Office and other agencies composed the team. Retired Navy Flag Officer in Command Alexander Pama also joined Mayor Climaco and the group.

The group visited both the Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands to check on the reported destruction caused by illegal fishing activities.

Climaco was disturbed after her consultant on sea protection showed her videos of some affected areas in the island, thus, the inspection of the area last Saturday.

“We have to take care both the land and the coastal areas of the City,” she said pointing out that the maintenance of peace, security and order should not only be focused on land but also in coastal areas and sea.

As part of her security efforts, the lady mayor has pressed for a fusion of all police and military assets in order to have one encompassing plan, strong recommendation from Western Mindanao Command Chief LGen. Rey Ardo.

“We have to have one, encompassing plan—the direction where we want to go as far as peace, order and security in the city to include the incident command system down to the barangay tanods and Barangay Intelligence Networks (BINs),” she added.

The management of Sta. Cruz Island or Las Islas de Sta. Cruz is now under the City Government through efforts exerted by the administration of former Mayor Celso Lobregat.

The facility’s takeover, protection and preservation form part of the city’s  initiatives to promote Zamboanga City as a premiere tourist destination with the overriding goal of transforming the site into an “island-ecosystem which includes the landscape, seascape and marine resources that is responsibly and sustainably managed, developed and protected by the local government with the involvement of the community and other stakeholders for the maintenance and preservation of the natural biological, physical diversities of the environment and for ecotourism promotion.” — Sheila Covarrubias