Tagum City mayor assures full security at NSPC 2010

Posted On 3:21 AM by Louie Bryan M. lapat |

In a show of his known tough and strong-willed leadership, Tagum City Mayor Rey Chiong Uy said he himself “will personally guard” to ensure the full security of all participants in the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) 2010 to be held here on Feb. 21-26.

Uy assures that the week-long event will be fully safe for some 5,000 student-participants, including their advisers from private and public schools in the country's 17 regions.

The students are expected to partcipate in the seven writing events in English and Filipino categories.

The mayor said “everything is already set” as to the city government’s security preparations and full support to make the nationwide activity of high school campus writers successful and memorable.

The NSPC 2010 will be held almost simultaneously with the “Musikahan sa Tagum,” which runs from Feb. 19 to 28.

“Musikahan sa Tagum” is a yearly music competition and festival launched by Mayor Uy in 2007. It aims to develop the musical talents of Tagumenyos and Mindanaoans that subsequently led the Department of Tourism (DOT) to convey the city as Music Capital of the South. It followed DOT’s declaration of naming Tagum as the Palm City for its lined palm tree greeneries.

“The selection of the Tagum City as this year’s host of NSPC was due to the popular request,” Mayor Uy said.

City tourism council chair Alma Uy, wife of the mayor, estimated that some 20,000 people would flock in to witness the NSPC’s venue, which is the sprawling site of the new city hall at Barangay Apokon.

The Tagum City Peace and Order convened at the Sangguniang Panglungsod session hall and police and military officials, led by 1003rd Brigade commander Brig. Gen. Eduardo del Rosario, assured that full security will blanket the city and particularly the venue.

He said various forces and stations of the army inside the city and those guarding in the neighboring towns would be on their toes to complement with the city police and their augmentation forces and force multipliers.

Currently, the city has five police sub-stations in strategic places of entry and exit points of the city and has a couple of bomb sniffing dogs under the care of the city’s SWAT Team, while it has CCTV cameras installed in its integrated terminal areas.
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