WesMinCom – promotes peace thru art mural PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 08:55

Art Mural for Peace. If you are always passing by Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom), you will notice that its 300-perimeter fence is not dull anymore and has brightened up. It has been painted with messages of peace last Saturday March 29, 2014.  With the theme, "Peace and Development through Bayanihan," police and military units painted together with different sectors of our society the long military fence wall.  A new approach endeavor for peace by WesMinCom that is commendable and laudable.

“Peace advocacy is one of our main thrusts in the Armed Forces of the Philippines through the ‘bayanihan’, hoping that our countrymen will see this especially by those who are still fighting it out and using the way of violence,” WEsMinCom Chief  Lieutenant General Rustico Guerrero said in an interview. He explained that the mural is very timely as the government and the MILF just signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and for the peace they are espousing. It also coincided with the 45th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) he revealed.

“If peace is the interest of all, everybody should participate so that our place will become peaceful. If a new government is put in place, they (government and MILF) should see to it that their agreement is not only for leaders but also for grassroots,” said Mercia Salarda Alli, convenor of Tibuok Lupah Sug, a Sulu-based civil society.

The art event was fully supported by the Philippine Army, Marines, Air Force, Philippine National Police, Coast Guard, even by the the US Joint Special Operation Task Force and in collaboration Tibuuk Lupah Sug,  Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ), The Entire Nation (10th) Moves, other government agencies and school institutions. 

Twelve artists from Manila and Sulu first drew outlines of the images which were painted by participants. One can actually enjoy viewing the subtle message being invoked by the wall painters to the viewers. Studies have proven that art works like painting has an indirect subconscious effect to both the painter and the one who is viewing it. And in this case, the WesMinCom is convoying that peace can be attained if we work together harmoniously. (Thanks to Mercia Salarda Alli for the pictures in this spread today).

By Dante Corteza

Psalm 133:1. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity..”