HEIs, public market reopen PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 October 2013 10:51

In its bid to bring back  normalcy in Zamboanga, the Crisis Management Committee has authorized the reopening of classes in higher educational institutions (HEIs) effective today, October 7.

At the same time, the CMC, headed by Mayor Beng Climaco, permitted the reopening of the main public market after clearance is issued by police and military authorities. This also includes the opening of Tomas Claudio Street subject to security preparations of the military and police authorities in the area.

The clearance for resumption of classes in HEIs is pursuant to a letter request of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Director Dr. Emmylou Yanga based on a meeting she had with heads  of schools a week ago.

Specifically mentioned in the CMC resolution approved during its meeting Saturday morning were HEIs located at R.T. Lim Boulevard up to Baliwasan Chico which include Brent Hospital College, Pilar College, Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga State Polytechnic College, and Comtech; San Jose Gusu Road where AMA College is located; Gov. Lim Avenue (STI College); Pilar Street (Southern City Colleges and Mindanao Cooperative College; Tetuan Street (Universidad de Zamboanga); NS Valderrosa St. (Nuevo Zamboanga College); Camino Nuevo-La Purisima St. (Ateneo de Zamboanga University) and other colleges and universities located in the said areas.

Barangay officials to include tanods, barangay intelligence network (BINs) and other force multipliers are urged to help augment the security in their areas of jurisdiction.

Classes, meanwhile in public schools—both elementary and secondary—outside the critical areas and areas of concern will continue today, October 7.

Recall that classes in HEIs and all public elementary and secondary schools were suspended September 9 because of infiltration by lawless elements belonging to the Misuari faction in at least 6 barangays in the city. Classes in public elementary and secondary schools outside the critical area and areas of concern resumed September 25.

On the other hand, curfew hours remain in effect from 10pm to 4am in the entire city. Work in City Hall and other offices—both private and public—outside the critical areas and areas of concern will continue today, October 7. — Sheila Covarrubias