Zambo curfew lifted PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 10:49

Almost three months after the armed conflict, the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) has lifted the citywide curfew effective Monday, December 2, in a bid to depict total recovery from the devastation as well as ensure the public that peace and order in Zamboanga has returned to normalcy.

This developed, as the CMC also ceased to meet and has transitioned to the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) which is now concentrating on recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

The lifting of the curfew was announced by Mayor Beng Climaco through DILG City Director Atty. Mohammad Arakama during special memorial rites honouring the fallen and living heroes of the September 9 siege in front of City Hall yesterday morning.

When lawless elements loyal to Nur Misuari infiltrated the city last September 9, the CMC led by Mayor Climaco imposed the 8pm to 5am curfew citing the critical peace and order situation. A month after the siege, the CMC shortened the curfew hours to 12mn to 4am.

The lifting of the curfew came as thousands of Zamboangueños gathered in front of City Hall Monday morning to pay tribute to the 38 slain soldiers, policemen and civilians and to honor and recognize the contributions and participation of the survivors and many faceless others in defending Zamboanga from the malefactors.

The lifting of the curfew is contained in CMC resolution 42 approved last November 28.

The armed conflict that lasted for 23 days wrought massive devastation, disrupted peace and security, threatened sovereignty and brought tremendous damage to Zamboanga and its people.

Mayor Climaco said while the city acknowledges the difficulties and challenges as consequences to the September siege, the local government is now concentrating efforts on recovery and rehabilitation.

Climaco said the City has been tasked by President Aquino through Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson to immediately look/identify sites for the construction of permanent shelters, as the Chief Executive is expected to meet with concerned agencies to discuss about the city’s rehab plans this week in Manila.

Today, Dec. 3, Sec. Singson will convene a meeting with the city’s rehabilitation team that include City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat, DPWH-regional officials, Cong. Celso Lobregat who is the advisor on rehabilitation, the UP-PLANADES team that is preparing the rehab plan and other agencies concerned to discuss about the recovery and rehab efforts for Zamboanga. — Sheila Covarrubias