Businesses open amid crisis-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
SEVERAL business establishments have responded to the call of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) to remain open to cater the needs of the public in Zamboanga City, three days after the standoff between Moro rebels and government troops in the city.
Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who chairs the CMC, said that so far eight big supermarkets to include convenience stores, food chains, pharmacies as well as gasoline stations outside the so-called affected areas have opened.
Salazar added that the government-run Sta. Cruz Commercial Complex and the nearby Bagsakan Center were open for the second straight day already.
Edwin To of the Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. said the rest of the businessmen are also ready to open their establishments and are just waiting for the order from the mayor.
To owns and manages the Budgetwise Supermarket located at the corners of Veterans Avenue and Campaner Street.
“We will be opening business establishments outside the [the village of] Zone IV,” Salazar said.
The village of Zone IV is an adjacent village of Sta. Barbara where there was sporadic fighting for the past two days.
Salazar said the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is monitoring all prices of commodities to ensure that no one is taking advantage of the situation by hoarding or raising prices of essential commodities.
DTI regional director Nazrullah Manzur said there is no movement of prices since last September 6 until Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Salazar said that the implementation of curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day remains.
In an advisory Wednesday evening, Salazar said that class in all levels in both public and private schools will remain suspended Thursday.
Also, Salazar said that only government offices offering front line services like the Office of the City Mayor, City Social Welfare and Development Office, police and military as well as the Department of Social Welfare and Development will have work. (Bong Garcia)