Beng calls for continued interfaith dialogue, bond PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 December 2015 13:54

by Vic Larato


Mayor Beng Climaco is calling on the Christian faithful and Islam believers in this part of the region to stay united and continue advocating for interfaith dialogue and understanding.

Speaking at the Interfaith Council’s planning workshop at the Grand Astoria Hotel yesterday morning, Climaco emphasized the importance of continued dialogue among leaders of different faiths in a bid to promote peace and help spur the development of Zamboanga.

“We always have debates when we talk about religion. But, what we should do is to look at the commonalities (of different faiths) rather than their differences and find ways for development,” Climaco said.

She recalled that after the Zamboanga siege in 2013 “the people of Zamboanga were traumatized and devastated, but it offered the opportunity for different humanitarian groups to come over for their generous interventions on our plight.”

A good lesson was learned from the siege where people from different faiths and professions, mostly retired police and military officers, formed themselves into an association called “Esperanza” for community development.

The mayor further said “Esperanza” has initiated various activities in line with the city’s recovery efforts, rebuilding communities and rehabilitating chapels and mosques that were destroyed at the height of the siege.

The Interfaith Council chaired by the mayor herself was created among leaders of different faiths in the city, purposely to promote stronger cooperation, peace and harmony in the city.— Vic Larato