Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:25
Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZCCCI) President Pocholo Soliven has called for a multi-sectoral and multi dimensional approach to address the worsening peace and order in the city.
Soliven also appealed to the Philippine National Police and local authorities "to give us back our Zamboanga City, where we can freely walk at night without fear, where we can invite visitors, and investors without getting a quip: 'Are we save there? 'Di ba magulo dyan?'."
The ZCCCI president's call amidst continous unabated killings of civilians and latest shooting incident,where a Chinese businesswoman was killed in a gun attack by unidentified gunman Monday night along Tomas Claudio in Barangay Zone III in this city.
"Give us back our city where we don’t fear for our children’s safety...give us back the city where we can invest on long term...and where economic potentials are harnessed," Soliven said.
"Where we can witness our city soar to greater heights in terms of growth and development as well as opportunities for all its residents…and most specially give us back our Zamboanga ‘s finest where we can truly trust to protect its residents," he added.
Soliven further said that all these are achievable and within their grasp if they“seriously address the peace and order concerns of our beloved city...this is not perception...this is stark reality staring at us!"
Soliven also stated that the security of the city does not limit only on prevention and proactive approach both on the part of the PNP and the civilian populace but should be taken on a multi dimensional paradidgm shift.
"A whole of the City Approach. This is probably the best solution to address the problem of peace and security," he suggested.
Soliven further proposed the institutionalizing “a City Wide Security framework “ taking cognizance of the unique geographic location and city’s populace demographics.
Meanwhile, Soliven appealed to the National Government particularly the Department of Interior and Local Government Sec. Jesse Robredo to review and increase the logistic and funding support to the PNP in the region, which is currently pegged at 114,000 PHP per month and already for the entire regional command.
Soliven said: "We cannot solely put the blame on our local police." He asked: "Do they (police) have the adequate resources to combat crime and prevention?"
During last Friday PNP Kapihan, it was categorically revealed that logistical support to the police to combat criminality is the main concern of the the police command. "Why they cannot effectively do their task as expected?" Soliven further asked.
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