LBC: We have in­ter­nal se­cu­rity mea­sures

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An ex­ec­u­tive of the courier com­pany LBC yes­ter­day said it is be­yond his au­thor­ity to de­cide and em­ploy se­cu­rity per­son­nel in their branches in Ca­gayan de Oro, say­ing it is a “struc­ture” ap­plied na­tion­wide.

Jac­into Ber­na­dos, LBC area man­ager for North Min­danao ap­peared in a hear­ing yes­ter­day called by the joint com­mit­tee of pub­lic safety and trade and com­merce to shed light on the se­ries of rob­bery in­ci­dents in the LBC branches.

“It is not in my level to de­cide to put up se­cu­rity guards, we re­spect the hi­er­ar­chy in our or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Ber­na­dos said.

Ber­na­dos how­ever in­sisted that they have “in­ter­nal se­cu­rity mea­sures”, such as ad­vis­ing their em­ploy­ees on duty to look out­side for sus­pi­cious-look­ing per­sons. He said they also ad­vise em­ploy­ees to re­frain from re­act­ing against the thieves, and only call the au­thor­i­ties when it is safe to do so.

Coun­cilor Romeo Cal­izo mean­while said this scheme is “not a good re­ac­tion to a

se­cu­rity threat” and could in­stead put the lives of em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers at risk.

Ber­na­dos said he has made ini­tial dis­cus­sions with his im­me­di­ate head about this is­sue, but no fur­ther ac­tions were made since the se­ries of rob­beries just started. This, de­spite sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions from po­lice to em­ploy se­cu­rity guards.

Lawyer Edgardo Uy, chair­per­son of the Reg­u­la­tory and Com­plaint Board pointed out that a cer­tain estab­lish­ment can be de­clared as a pub­lic nui­sance if they vi­o­late or­di­nance. Such dec­la­ra­tion, he said, can lead to clo­sure of the estab­lish­ment.

“We are pro­mot­ing our­selves as peace­ful and a busi­ness­friendly city but these rob­bery in­ci­dents only put us in a bad light. It’s not rocket sci­ence to im­prove their se­cu­rity mea­sure, be­ing se­cu­rity con­scious is a man­age­ment call,” Uy said.

Coun­cilor George Gok­ing mean­while said it is “too pre­ma­ture” to rec­om­mend to can­cel their busi­ness per­mit or close all their branches, say­ing they will give the LBC man­age­ment a chance to ad­dress this mat­ter in the next closed-door meet­ing.

“Hope­fully, peo­ple who are au­tho­rized to make de­ci­sions will at­tend our next meet­ing,” Gok­ing said.

Both com­mit­tees yes­ter­day still ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion re­quir­ing LBC to im­prove their se­cu­rity mea­sures in the light of the spate of rob­beries here, as these have “tainted the peace and or­der sit­u­a­tion in Ca­gayan de Oro”. PJ Orias

(PJ ORIAS)

LBC AREA man­ager for NorthMin Jac­into Ber­na­dos (in gray shirt) ap­pears in a com­mit­tee meet­ing set yes­ter­day to dis­cuss the se­cu­rity mea­sures of the courier com­pany af­ter the se­ries of rob­bery in­ci­dents hap­pen­ing in their branches here.

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