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City Hall convenes security forces for opening of classes

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Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday convened the security forces, education officials and other stakeholders under “Oplan: Bira Eskwela” in an effort to ensure the safety and security of students and teachers during the opening of classes for SY 2017-2018 in most public schools here on June 5.

City Administrator Marie Angelique C. Go presided over the meeting that was attended by Zamboanga City Police Office officer-in-charge Supt. Diomarie Albarico, commanders of the 11 Police Stations, Task Force Zamboanga commander Col. Leonel M. Nicolas, Acting Director of the Commission on Higher Education, Division of City Schools officials headed by Basilio D. Uy, among others.

Top on the agenda was the comprehensive security plan of the entire police and Task Force Zamboanga for the opening of classes next month, plus the expected traffic congestion problems.

The security plan is based on the assumption that the threat groups like the Abu Sayyaf Group, RME, MILF-BIFF and other organized criminal groups and lawless elements may sabotage the embarrass the government by sowing terroristic activities and so with petty criminals, victimizing students, teachers and parents.

However, Supt. Albarico assured that the ZCPO, concurrent with its present mission and in close coordination with school authorities, shall ensure a peaceful and orderly conduct of the opening of classes and onwards by deploying appropriate number of uniformed PNP personnel to secure the different schools, colleges and universities in the city.

The Respective Police Station commander in coordination with school authorities and other agencies will establish Police Assistance Desks (PADs) on all school campuses. Non-government organizations, civilian volunteer organizations and civic society groups will also be mobilized to assist in providing security and traffic assistance.

The police likewise called on the school authorities and other agencies to consider installing adequate CCTVs at strategic locations on the campus.

The ZC Public Safety Company will deploy EOD-K9 teams in schools in coordination with other EOD-K( units and will conduct bomb awareness information and continuing education with the cooperation of school administrators and principals.

A maneuver force for rapid deployment purposes is on standby and ready for deployment upon order, while the Traffic Management Task Group (TMTG) and Counter Strike Units (CSUs) will intensify road safety and traffic law enforcements.

The police will likewise conduct mobile and foot patrols along major routes and highways leading to all learning institutions and within school premises.

Meanwhile, a special security concern was raised by DepEd officials on the reported sighting of suspicious characters lurking somewhere in Curuan, particularly in Sitio Bagacay going to Camp Pilar.

The police confirmed that those sighted were armed lawless elements (Lost command), crossing the boundary between this city in Curuan and Zamboanga del Norte.

On one occasion, these armed personalities were even harassing the people in nearby Barangay Quiniput and took the belongings of one of the tanod of Quiniput. But the people refused to file complaints.

Nevertheless, the police said these lawless elements had already fled the area, and even assured that security is no longer a problem in that part of Curuan because the barangay officials led by Captain Noel Perez are very active and supportive of the security measures undertaken by the police.-(Vic Larato)




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