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LGU initiates security briefing for business sector

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In light of the global threat on terrorism, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) in partnership with the local police and Task Force Zamboanga on Tuesday initiated a security briefing for hotel operators and business establishment owners in the city.

Purposely to assess the capacity of stakeholders to prevent, mitigate and respond to possible emergencies in business establishments, the security briefing was agreed upon during a meeting of the security cluster presided by Mayor Beng Climaco Monday. The dialogue with the business sector was prompted by the recent Resorts World incident in Manila and the terror attacks in different parts of the world including the Marawi City conflict.

The security briefing was facilitated by CDRRMO Chief Dr. Elmeir Apolinario with TFZ Chief Col. Leonel Nicolas and Zamboanga City Police Office  OIC-Director PSupt. Diomarie Alabarico who served as resource persons. The participants, mostly the security component of hotels, malls, restaurants and other business establishments presented their security plans as well as concerns.

As a follow through of the security briefing, the city has set later this month, a workshop-training on mass casualty incidents with participants from the city’s business sector.

CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said the activity helped determine the capacity of the security component of the different business establishments on how to react or respond to any kind of disaster that may strike in their area.

In view of the global threat on terrorism, people should not be complacent and passive but devise ways and come  up with an effective and doable solutions.

Col. Nicolas noticed that based on the series of incidents globally, the attackers utilize different modus operandi to sow terror.  “It may happen anywhere and anytime and in any establishment in this area and so what we are doing right now is to ensure that we are prepared and most importantly we have to be proactive to prevent such incidents from happening.”

The TFZ chief said the military and the police can only do much but operators of business establishments should do their share to avert and curb terrorism for the protection of lives and properties.

Col. Albarico for his part said urged the business sector to constantly improve their capability specifically in security-related issues and concerns.

Both Col. Albarico and Col. Nicolas emphasized during the briefing that uniformed personnel, unless they are part of the security component of a particular business establishment, should not bring their firearms inside business establishments.

This is pursuant to a resolution approved by the City Peace and order Council recently. (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)




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