ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/10 September) – Proactive security measures have been put in place for the 28th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) and the tourism month celebration in the city, a military official said.
Lieutenant Colonel Edward Jasper Obar, commander of the 51st Infantry Battalion said such measures were already there even before the bombings in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat and in Indanan, Sulu over the weekend.
MinBizCon will take place on September 12-14, at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, while the city’s tourism month dubbed Diyandi Festival will run until the first week of October.
Obar said they are monitoring not just the city proper but also its hinterland villages as well as its boundary with Talakag town in Bukidnon.
He appealed to residents and commuters to bear with the inspections at checkpoints in Iligan City.
He assured they would treat persons equally at checkpoints.
The previous MinBizcon in Iligan took place 20 years ago, said Reggie Punongbayan, chair of the Iligan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc.
Iligan will celebrate the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, the city’s patron saint, on September 29. (Richel V. Umel/MindaNews)