Beng urges residents to bring IDs when going out PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 September 2013 14:00

With checkpoints now set up to prevent followers of Moro National Liberation Front founding chairman Nur Misuari from escaping, the city government on Friday asked residents to bring IDs with them when they travel.

Mayor Beng Climaco also said she ordered the suspension of community tax certificates and barangay certifications to thwart MNLF fighters’ bid to escape by mingling with residents.

“We... request all of our people to bring with them necessary identification cards for counter-checking and validation of all our residents, especially while passing through checkpoints. These same requirements are needed in our seaports and airports,” the mayor said in a statement on her Facebook page.

Also, she said that with the critical and emergency situation presently prevailing in Zamboanga City, barangay officials are to “suspend the issuance of Community Tax Certificate and Barangay Certification, stating, among others, that a particular person is a resident of a particular barangay until further notice from the Crisis Management Committee.”

For both measures, the mayor sought “cooperation and understanding” from her constituents.

“Our land, sea and air assets are on alert and in place to maintain peace and order and to prevent any reinforcement from the rouge forces that will try to come in to our city. This is also intensified by our Barangay Vigilance in augmenting security. Each resident is also called to contribute to peace and security,” she said.

The mayor also advised residents not to believe text and online scares about alleged retaliatory attacks by the lawless group in the city.

She appealed to residents to “refrain from forwarding unverified text messages to avoid panic and confusion.”

Also, she advised them to verify these messages through police hotline 117 or 166 and through the military’s Western Mindanao Command at 0917-7950413.

Climaco also said the city government is maximizing preparations for the rehabilitation of the evacuees.

She said Gawad Kalinga, Habitat for Humanity and the Tzu Chi Foundation, National Housing Authority have committed to help in the rehabilitation efforts.

Also, she said the Department of Trade and Industry reported nearly 95 percent of the establishments in the city’s commercial center have already reopened.

“The supply of basic and prime commodities remains adequate. Distributors and wholesalers of basic and prime commodities source their supplies from their mother companies via Dipolog, Ozamis and Cagayan de Oro are delivered to Zamboanga via land transportation,” she said.

Also, she said store owners remain compliant with the suggested retail prices of basic and prime commodities. — GMA News