Peace and security summit preparation underway-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Saturday, August 31, 2013
ZAMBOANGA City is now preparing for the hosting of the Zamboanga Peninsula-Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (Zampen-Basulta) peace and security summit on September.
The organizers, who are members of the Technical Working Group (TWG), met Thursday for the second time to set mechanisms for the summit, which is scheduled to be held either on the first or second week of September.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) supervises the TWG.
The peace and security summit was proposed by Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar during an inter-agency meeting last August 13 which was attended by Executive Sec. Paquito Ochoa and Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin.
The summit will be participated by military, police, local chief executives and other officials from Zampen-Basulta areas to discuss the prevailing peace and security issues.
The proposed topics for discussion during the summit are gun ban, kidnap-for-ransom-groups, gun for hire, smuggling of rice and other contraband items, illegal drugs, among others.
Invited to the summit are DILG Sec. Manuel Roxas II and other top national government officials including Ochoa and Gazmin.
A covenant signing by the participants will be the highlight of the summit.