The Crisis Management Committee (CMC) has revised its advisory announcing that classes as well as works will remain suspended on Wednesday except for government offices rendering front line services.
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar of Zamboanga City, who chairs the CMC, made the announcement early on Wednesday citing the decision was made during the security briefing on Tuesday evening.
In earlier advisory, Salazar said that works in the city government offices will resume on Wednesday and encouraged heads of national agencies to evaluate the possibility of resumption of work although classes in all levels will remain close.
“The advice from the security briefing is to resume operations out of Zone IV down to [Barangay] Arena Blanco,” Salazar said and “that include City Hall,” which is within Barangay Zone IV.
“We will be opening business establishments outside of Zone IV,” she said. These include the government-run Sta. Cruz Commercial Complex and the adjacent Bagsakan Center.
However, Salazar said that city government offices rendering 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.
Aside from that, Salazar said that the local port and the Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA) will remain closed as per recommendation of the Navy and Air Force.
“All the ports will have to remain close for security reasons to prevent anybody to come in,” the mayor said.
She suspended classes and works in public and private institutions early Monday after hostilities broke out when hundreds of rebels loyal to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding-leader Nur Misuari infiltrated the city.
Four people, including a policeman and a soldier, were killed while 15 others were wounded in the continued but sporadic firefight since Monday.
Meanwhile, she appealed to business establishments to ensure that prices of commodities remain stable.
She also advised the buying public not to resort to panic buying but purchase provisions enough for the day to prevent shortage of supplies. PNA