Beng urges beefed up security for Zambo students, mentors PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 October 2013 11:10

As students returned to schools yesterday, Mayor Beng Climaco has urged the police and military, barangay officials and other stakeholders to take appropriate steps to help ensure the smooth resumption of classes in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

Classes in all levels- in both public and private schools located inside and outside the areas of concern including the island barangays and even those used as evacuation centers resumed Wednesday, October 16 following the September 9 conflict in Zamboanga and the subsequent October 7 widespread flashfloods.

Recall that after the September 9 suspension of classes, schools outside the 7 kilometer radius from the conflict area reopened September 25 but with low student attendance. Classes were again suspended Oct. 7 due to widespread flashfloods spawned by incessant rains and strong winds that lasted from Oct. 4-9.

“Barangay captains, Police and Task Force Zamboanga officials and other stakeholders are tasked to take steps to ensure the security and safety of students and teachers in their respective area of responsibility,” the mayor said.

She maintained that barangay officials and all other stakeholders are duty bound to help in the peace-keeping effort as the police and military cannot do it alone.

Prior to the reopening of classes yesterday, City Schools Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad met with district supervisors, school principals and head teachers together with the police and military to thresh out issues and concerns related to the resumption of classes. Specific instructions were also given to individual schools on a case to case basis.

The opening of classes covered schools inside and outside the areas of concern, the island barangays and even those used as evacuation centers. The schools in the conflict area such as Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Rio Hondo and Mariki are utilizing the alternative mode in the respective evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, based on a report from the City Schools Division Office, only 3,394 of the total 9,269or 37% of the pupils from the four schools in the conflict area have been tracked down as of October 11. — Sheila Covarrubias