Zambo to mark Week of Peace Nov. 25 - Dec. 1 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 November 2010 13:26

The city will once again celebrate the annual Week of Peace, this year from November 25 to December 1, with a host of activities spearheaded by Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) and the Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP).

PAZ Executive Secretary Sr. Emma Delgado said the Week will kick off with a grand opening day parade in which thousands of youths, professionals, civil society members, urban poor delegations, government employees and others are expected to participate.  The parade will originate from Pettit Barracks and wind up at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, where a program will take place.

The Week is also observed throughout Mindanao, mostly initiated by civil society and interfaith groups as well as associations allied to the Bishops-Ulama Council (BUC).  As prepared by the BUC, this year’s Week’s theme is “Responsive and Responsible Governance:  Key to Peace, Development and Sustainability.”

Other Week of Peace activities in Zamboanga City will include the “Historical Journey: Dua’a Salamat, 5th National Sama-Badjao Movement Anniversary (November 27); Peace Weaver Awards Night (Nov. 28); Unveiling of Peace Monument (Sta. Maria Barangay, Nov. 29); Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA) Regional Conference (Nov. 30 – Dec.1); Peace Technology Massive Video Conference- Manila and Zamboanga (Dec. 1); and, Torch Parade (Dec. 1). 

There are also other activities scheduled before and after the Week.  A complete calendar of activities is posted in the website www.zabida.com.ph.

PAZ is headed by its president, Fr. Angel Calvo, who is also the R. Catholic convenor in the IRSMP.  The other IRSMP convenors are Prof. Ali Yacub for the Muslim community and Rev. Paul Ersando for the evangelicals. The IRSMP is an interfaith group which has been working for social peace in Zamboanga and Mindanao.

The Week of Peace was started by PAZ in 1994 in Zamboanga City and eventually spread throughout Mindanao under the sponsorship of the BUC.  Two presidential proclamations further institutionalized its observance.