Peace Month

As “Peace Month” ends this Sunday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it has attended the Rotary Peace Festival 2012 last Friday as part of its efforts to undescore its peace building roles.

Col. Arnulfo M. Burgos, Jr., the military’s spokesperson, said the event was organized primarily by the Rotary Club 3830 in cooperation with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

Rotary Peace Festival 2012 also featured an interactive discussion among leading government officials, peace negotiators and civil society leaders.

Burgos said the interactive discussion shed light on the nation’s state of peace and status of current peace initiatives, and what the peace agencies and advocates can do differently and better to move the peace process forward. The session ended with the signing of “Commitment Statement”, a manifesto of commitment to continuously engage and synergize for peace.

“Meaningful participation can be as simple as keeping oneself informed on what the peace process is about, and maintaining a conscious interest on its continuing developments. We welcome this Rotary’s initiative to bring in the leaders of organizations and representatives of various sectors in one roof, all coming together under a common desire – peace in our country,” OPAPP chief Secretary Ging Deles said.

Among the highlights of the festival is the exhibit joined by the difference agencies and organizations.

Among them is the booth of the 3rd Infantry Division that concentrated on grassroots partnership between the AFP, the local governments and the Rotary Club in the provinces.

Other Festival Highlights include: Youth Peace Workshop, “The House of Peace”, an exhibit area that promotes past, present and future peace initiatives among the different sectors. “Artistic Expressions on Peace”, “Peace Wall Signing”, and “OPAPP’s I.Am.for.Peace” Concert”.

“This Peace Festival, in time with the National Peace Consciousness Month, is one big leap in our way forward of involving more people in the quest for peace. I hope that we can encourage more people, especially the youth and our friends in the academe and the local governments, to intensify their participation and cooperation and continue espousing and supporting the Internal Peace Security Program ‘Bayanihan’ to achieve just and lasting peace for the country,” AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa said.

He added that there is hope for peace in the country given the developments in the government’s peace initiatives.

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