Visayas, Mindanao bikers all set for ‘Run for Peace and Solidarity in Mindanao’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 August 2011 13:37

Pedal pushers from Visayas and Mindanao will hold a “Run for Peace and Solidarity for Mindanao” this Sunday through next week to generate public  awareness and support for the ongoing peace process and strengthen solidarity among its stakeholders.

The bike marathon will be preceded by a Culture of Peace briefing and Citizens’ Peace Forum to be held in the morning and afternoon, respectively, at Western Mindanao State University on Saturday, August 20.  The theme of the forum is “Duyog Mindanao:  Generating Citizens’ Participation in the Peace Process”.

The biking campaign is part of a series of activities dubbed as “Duyog Mindanao 2011”, jointly spearheaded by Mindanao Peace Weavers, Davao-based International Initiatives for Dialogue (IID), and local counterparts Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP).

The bikers will stop at significant points and institutions located along the highway routes to hold dialogues with local citizens on topics related to the peace process. The event will coincide with the resumption of peace negotiations between the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) next week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The run will kick off at 6:00 AM, Sunday, August 11, from the WMSU open stage, make a symbolic pass at the PAZ’s peace monument in Sta. Maria barangay and move on to Curuan, where the participants will spend the night.   In the following day, they will drive up to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay and from there to the rest of the itinerary.

For information and conformation, please contact PAZ Office at TeleFax 992-3086 or 09168708290 and look for  Aldrin B. Abdurahim, Executive Coordinator of IRSMP. — PAZ