THE City Government of Zamboanga reiterated its appeal for public support and cooperation with military and police authorities in the implementation of security measures.
It is business as usual in Zamboanga, as offices and business establishments, as well as the airport, seaport and bus terminal continue to operate given the distance of Zamboanga to Marawi City.
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the situation also does not warrant the imposition of curfew in the city but security is on heightened alert.
Salazar has tasked the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) to initiate relief operations for the displaced residents of Marawi apart from closely coordinating with security units and other force multipliers.
She urged the public to report to 117 or 09778558138 or 09176574006 in case of sightings of suspicious individuals, baggage or even abandoned vehicles.
"We have been attacked in 2013 but with the help of the Almighty and Allah, we are already building back and recovering, so we should not allow any force to again burn houses or instill terror in the city. Your cooperation as Zamboangueños is very vital," she said. (Bong Garcia/SunStar Philippines)