CMC re-opens City Government offices-A A +A
Sunday, September 29, 2013
THE Crisis Management Committee (CMC) said that City Government offices located at the Zamboanga City Hall main and annex buildings, as well as those outside the critical areas, will be opened for transaction starting Monday, September 30.
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Cliamco-Salazar said Sunday though that the City Government employees whose offices are located in Pettit Barracks area are advised to contact with their heads of office for work assignments.
The offices located in Pettit Barracks, which is the village of Zone IV, are the City Health Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Civil Registrar, and City Veterinarian's Office.
The four mentioned offices are close to the boundary of Barangay Sta. Barbara, site of the intense fighting during the early days of the standoff.
All City Government offices, except those rendering frontline services, were closed since the standoff started.
Salazar said that curfew hours outside the critical areas and areas of concern have been moved to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. effective Sunday, while the 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew hours remain in critical areas.
The following are declared as critical areas: Zone 4, Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Rio Hondo, Mariki, Kasanyangan, Talon-Talon, Mampang, Arena Blanco, and Tugbungan.
"The areas of concern are those adjacent to critical areas with high possibility of threat spillover," Salazar said.
She also said that evacuees from critical areas are not yet allowed to return home.
Salazar said that classes in schools outside the critical areas (five to seven kilometers radius from critical areas) will continue, adding that the Department of Education (DepEd) has been tasked to campaign for classes and to coordinate with villages and force multipliers for strengthening of security measures.
Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Regional Director Dr. Emylou Yanga is set to meet Monday with officials of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for the finalization of class schedules and other alternatives, said the mayor.
She also encouraged National Government offices, including private establishments and companies outside the critical areas, to continue their business operations, while the opening of business establishments in the Central Business District will be on status quo.
Salazar said that all private wharves in the city are strictly not allowed to service passengers per directive from the Coast Guard and Philippine Ports Authority.
Transport of cargoes to and from Zamboanga City through the private wharves will be regulated, she added. (Bong Garcia)