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CPOC reviews existing security measures

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Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday convened the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) to review existing security measures and collaborative efforts of concerned agencies amidst threats and challenges besetting the city, Mindanao and the entire country.

The meeting focused on efforts undertaken by the Zamboanga City Police Office and Joint Task Force Zamboanga to maintain heightened security level in the city in a bid to curb terrorism and all foroms of criminality. The reports presented by the ZCPO OIC Director PSupt. Diomarie Albarido and JTF Commander Col. Leonel Nicolas stressed on the relentless campaigns against illegal drugs and terrorism and steps undertaken against pranksters who circulate through text or even through social media unverified messages that sow panic and confusion.

The prevailing situation in the City Reformatory Center including efforts of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fire Protection as well as the latest from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office which serves as the Incident Command Center (ICC) were also deliberated.

Mayor Climaco exhorted the police and military authorities to constantly intensify security measures and never let their guard down in light of persistent threats from lawless elements. The city, she stressed will never waver in its commitment to support the police and military and all law enforcement agencies in whatever form or manner it deems fit.

Nonetheless, she reiterated, the cooperation and support of the civilian populace is an integral part of the security operation to deter the commission of crimes and other acts of terrorism.

On the other hand, Edwin To, representing the business sector in the CPOC recognized the efforts of the military in ensuring a courteous and respectful approach in manning the checkpoints for the implementation of security measures specifically the No ID, no entry policy.

Present during the CPOC meeting held at the City Hall conference room Monday morning were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, City Jail Warden Ervin Diaz, CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, Engr. Antonio Gonzales of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Phil. Coast Guard-Zamboanga station commander Alvin Dagalea, City Administrator Apple Go, Fr. Roy Galvez, Engr. George Jocutan of the NICP, City Prosecutor Atty. Cabaron, City Fire Marshall FCI Clint Cha, DILG City Director Moh. Taha Arakama, representatives from the Division of City Schools and other agencies concerned. (Sheila Covarrubias)