Hundreds participate in ‘Walk for Humanity’ Print
Monday, 13 August 2018 12:05

By Dexter Yap

Hundreds of participants from the different sectors of society participated early yesterday morning in the "Walk for Humanity 2018", which marks the celebration of the International Humanitarian Law.

The walk for humanity was organized by the Philippine Red Cross Zamboanga City led by the PRC Board of Directors, Administrator Josephine Fernandez, PRC Governor and Congressman Celso Lobregat.

International Humanitarian Law Day is celebrated in the country every Aug. 12 in accordance with Executive Order No. 134 signed by former  President Joseph Estrada in Manila on July 31, 1999.

The IHL is a set of rules which place restrictions on the use of weapons, means and methods of warfare and protects people who are not, or no longer participating in hostilities.

"As we commemorate the IHL Day, let this be an opportunity for us to also honor the heroism of our soldiers and fellowmen who fought and gave their lives in exchange of freedom," said Congressman Lobregat in his speech.

International humanitarian law aims to prevent and alleviate suffering in war without discrimination based on age and gender.

Congressman Lobregat said that usually when armed conflict breaks out, it is the civilians who suffer the brunt of the ensuing violence and chaos. This has been an inescapable fact of conflict since time immemorial, and nations have always grappled with ways to settle their differences without inflicting too much suffering on humanity.

And it is for this reason that PRC Zamboanga is one with the entire country and the world in respecting and commemmorating the International Humanitarian Law. (Dexter Yap)