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Monday, 16 February 2015 11:59

Ø Based on validation spearheaded by the Housing and Land Management Division (HLMD) the final number of families affected by the 2013 Zamboanga crisis is 8,165. These families are those affected by fire (partial/total); owners of structure affected by road opening/widening/drainage/waterway/coastway and other legal easements; owners of houses/structures located on areas declared as no return zones whether by fire or no damage and/or owners of structures hit by bullets or mortars.

Ø The USAID-ENGAGE organized a two-day Strategic Communication and Advocacy Planning Workshop for Zamboanga City’s Public Safety, Feb. 13-14 for members of Zamboanga media, local government PIO, security sector and civil society organizations with the overriding intention of helping reduce the commission of crimes in the city.

Ø The City’s multi-agency Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force met February 13 to plan and strategize initiatives to thwart human trafficking activities. Task Force members include DOJ, NBI, Bureau of Immigration, PPA, PNP, Coast Guard, DFA, DOLE, CSWDO, Philippine Center on Transnational Crime and Visayan Forum Foundation.

Ø Integated Resource Development for Tri-People (IRDT) in partnership with TV5 and the AFP distributed food packs and toiletries to internally displaced persons at the Masepla transitory site in Mampang February 14.

Ø Deadline for the submission of nominations for the Search for 2015 Local Achievers Award will be on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015. Nomination forms may be obtained from the Public Information Division under the Office of the City Mayor, 2nd floor City Hall annex building, telephone numbers 062-990-1356. The search is one of the highlights of the Dia de Zamboanga celebration on Feb. 26.

Ø Per PAG-ASA, light to moderate rains affecting portions of Zamboanga City have been monitored since last night. Residents residing along riverbanks and low lying areas are advised to take precautionary measures. Barangay officials and the police are tasked to monitor situation in their respective areas of responsibility. Public is also urged to remain vigilant but calm, report suspicious items, activities and personalities in the vicinity to police hotlines 062-117 or 166. Refrain also from forwarding unverified text messages.