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San Pedro Square officially a Maximum Security Zone

August 16, 2019 - Friday 7:08 PM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

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DAVAO CITY -- Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte on Thursday signed the memorandum declaring San Pedro Square a Maximum Security Zone (MSZ).

This after the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) and the 19th City Council both issued resolutions through the recommendation of Task Force Davao.

After signing the memorandum, Sebastian asked for the cooperation of the public as added “eyes and ears” for the security of the city.

“All Davaoeños and guests who reside, work, or have transactions within the San Pedro Square Maximum Security Zone are encouraged to serve as eyes and ears of the peacekeeping authorities by reporting suspicious persons, unattended baggage and violations of ordinances relating to security,” he said.

The memorandum defines MSZ as “an area where access is controlled through an entry point and limited to authorized, appropriately screened persons, and authorized and properly escorted persons, clients, visitors, and users of the public space where monitoring is done 24/7 by peacekeeping forces.”

The memorandum says the declaration of San Pedro Square as an MSZ “should not be viewed as a restriction of an individual’s freedom but as an effort that provides Dabawenyos and visitors safety and security as they live, work, or conduct their business in the offices and establishments within San Pedro Square and its immediate vicinity.”

The memo also stipulates that only transparent garbage bins are allowed inside the MSZ and that see-through shrubs are highly encouraged and coordinate with the other members of the security cluster.

The San Pedro Square MSZ covers Pichon Street , formerly known as Magallanes Street, going to Bonifacio Monument Rotunda, C.M. Recto Street to corner Rizal Extension, Rizal Extension to corner C. Bangoy, C. Bangoy to corner San Pedro Street to corner City Hall Drive, and City Hall Drive to corner A. Pichon Street.