Mindanao tri-people converge today in Zambo for peace, dev’t PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 11:21

By DAN TORIBIO

Officials and representatives of the tri-people of Mindanao composed of Lumads, Muslims and Christians will converge  today at a hotel along Gov. Camins Avenue for the Mindanao Peace Summit 2015 aimed at pursuing peace, unity and development

The gathering is sponsored by the World Philosophical Forum (UNESCO) and the International Movement for Peace and Reconciliation.

Senatorial bet from Mindanao, Shariff Ibrahim Albani,  the lead convenor and founding chairman of the International Movement for Peace and Reconciliation disclosed that the historic event will be attended by Mindanao multi-sectoral organizations and cause-oriented groups from all walks of life coming from the different regions of Mindanao and the NCR.  National as well as international guests and dignitaries will also grace the event at the Orchid’s Convention Center.

Albani, who hails from Mindanao, said the summit will be presented by all stakeholders and inhabitants from the different sectors and will reach out to a wide spectrum of society and build a broad-base popular movement for peace, unity and progress.

Albani added that without this involvement from the grassroots component, the socio-economic and political efforts cannot succeed.

Moreover,  he said that one way to promote peace and development is to encourage inter-community dialogue and cross-cultural inter-action by the inhabitants of Mindanao.

“We believe that the solemn and keen understanding of religion, culture and tradition as well building mutual respect and cooperation can be formidable instrument in the pursuit of harmony and peace,” Albani said.

He said the summit aims to promote religious harmony, respect, cooperation and understand; identify causes of problems in the different sectors of society which are often economic or political in nature rather than religious issues; to harness mutual cooperation and good social relations among the tri-people; to build trust and confidence and to break down the barriers and stereotype, which lead to distrust, suspicion and bigotry.

Albani said Mindanao is rich in natural and human resources as it is strategically located in the heart of Southeast Asia, hence, making the regional economic potential quiet immense and needed to be tapped for benefits of its habitants.

Albani appealed to the participants to grasp the importance of peace and unity through continuous dialogues and interactions so that a sustainable if not permanent development can be established in out regions for the sake of the new generation and those that yet to come. – Dan Toribio Jr.

He appealed to the participants to grasp the importance of peace and unity through continuous dialogues and interactions, so that a sustainable if not permanent development can be established in our regions for the sake of the new generation and those that are yet to come.

An open forum and signing of manifesto of support and commitments and cooperation to peace and unity will be forged by the participants, according to organizers.