Beng appeals community support PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 September 2013 14:08

Mayor Beng Climaco has appealed to the various sectors of the community for its support as the city went into the seventh day MNLF siege.

“To the business sector – groceries, pharmacies, gasoline stations and other establishments in unaffected areas – please continue to sell supplies. Those in commercial areas, if you decide not to open your stores, please open alternative stores in safer areas and help keep our city running,” said Climaco.

The local chief executive also requested the medical community, especially doctors, to remain in hospitals, and encouraged local barangay leaders to form network groups to secure communities from rumors spreading around.

She requested religious and local leaders to “please pray for the safety and well-being of the hostages and to help end this very, very sad situation.”

Climaco also appealed to the financial community, revealing that she has written to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in hopes that they find “creative ways to open in unaffected areas” to allow resumption of business transactions as “our people need additional supply of funds”.

Yesterday, the Philippine National Bank (PNB)-Climaco branch and the PNB-San Jose branch (former ABC) opened for public transactions.

The same challenge was likewise issued to pawnshop operators and remittance centers.

Lastly, Climaco appealed to the hostage-takers to “please let go of the hostages.”

“I, as your Mayor, together with the city officials, assure that we are in control of all sectors and that all your concerns are being responded to with all the resources of the City and the national government,” she said.

“My heart goes out to the families of those who were killed and wounded in this spate of events,” Climaco added. — Jasmine Mohammadsali